A croque madame is a very special kind of sandwich. A sandwich to take time over. A sandwich to share.
They don’t make them like this anymore.
There are so many delicious layers to a croque madame. One of these layers might be enough for an everyday sandwich, but this feast just keeps on adding.
It starts with a ham and cheese sandwich – layers of baked French ham, nutty Gruyère cheese and a little Dijon mustard, all extremely tasty. Next, the sandwich is fried in butter until crisp, golden and very melty. But we have not finished yet.
A thick, creamy, milky béchamel, flavoured with yet more Gruyère and perhaps a little Parmesan, is spooned generously on top. This is, of course, sprinkled with yet more cheese, before being grilled until caramelised and bubbly.
Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, a runny fried egg is slid on top.
Now you can eat.