A Croque Madame is a grilled cheese and smoked ham sandwich topped with a sunny side up egg. I used Black Forest ham, Gruyère cheese, and whole wheat sourdough bread because I want to be known as That Guy who makes a mean sandwich.
Within minutes, this mini-sandwich was reduced to traces of errant crumbs and fingertip grease. No egg yolk dribbled and wasted.
Skip on the fried egg
you sissy and you end up with a Croque Monsieur. Who knew that eggs can define gender? Oh, nevermind.
The sudden need to make such a sandwich came from an unexpected source. You may have heard that expressing random thoughts in 140 characters or less is what the cool kids are doing right now. You’re not limited to digital words, though. You can also tweet links to photos of all things mundane. Such as dinner.
Which leads to this awe-inspiring photo of Croque Madame served with tempura green beans. Does that look good or what?
Now go make your own or visit the Paramount Room if you’re in the neighborhood.
recipe adapted from Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book: The Best Sandwiches Ever
Grilled Cheese Pageant hosted by Kathy
Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich Topped with a Fried Egg
makes 1 sandwich
1 fried egg, sunny side up
kosher salt or coarse sea salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- Brush one side of each slice of bread lightly with softened butter. With the buttered side down, evenly cover one slice of bread with cheese and smoked ham. Place the second slice of bread on top, buttered side up.
- Place the sandwich in a preheated panini-style grill or between a hot cast iron skillet and press. Grill until the bread is sizzling and lightly browned.
- Top the grilled sandwich with the fried egg. Season with salt and pepper.
A Croque Monsieur about to be emasculated by… laying an egg on top? Alright, then.