My husband saw the female version of the Croque Monsieur! I woke up to him in a great mood and love pouring out announcing that we would be eating Croque Madame for breakfast! What a joy!
We wanted to make this recipe but did not have all the ingredients. We had only a little bit of ham so we added thinly sliced dry Italian salami. We grated the Gruyere because we only had a small block left. We made three sandwiches instead of 8.
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 16 slices thin white sandwich bread
- 1/4 pound Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 8 large eggs
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread 1/2 teaspoon butter on each bread slice and place 8 slices, butter side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Divide cheese and ham evenly among slices, season with salt and pepper, and top with remaining bread slices, butter side up. Bake until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. (our recipe only took six-eight minutes so check it often)
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt 2 teaspoons butter over medium. Cook 4 eggs until whites are set and yolks are still runny, about 4 minutes; transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter and eggs. Top each sandwich with 1 egg. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.