Recipe for Croque Madame – cheesy, saucy and delicious
2 tablespoons (30ml) butter
2 tablespoons (30ml) cake flour
1/2 cup full cream milk
2 teaspoons (10ml) Dijon mustard
about 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
salt & pepper
4 slices of sourdough bread, toasted
4 slices of best quality smoked ham (I used hickory ham)
2-4 eggs, poached in water for 3-4 minutes
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the flour. Stir well to form a smooth paste and cook for about 2 minutes.
Then add the milk and stir to form a smooth, thick sauce.
Turn down the heat to very low, then add the mustard, cheese and seasoning.
Remove from the heat and set aside.
Place the slices of toast on a baking tray. Top with slices of ham and Gruyere sauce, then place under a hot grill to turn golden brown (watch carefully, it only takes a minute).
Remove from the oven, then top with a freshly poached egg.
Recipe courtesy of The Food Fox. Visit the blog for more delicious recipes. Recipe copyright – Ilse van der Merwe. Photo copyright – Tasha Seccombe.