DECADENT CROQUE MADAME

You've never tasted a fried egg-topped ham and cheese sandwich as rich and creamy as this before.

Ingredients

Bechamel sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Decadent Croque Madame

  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 8 thick slices rustic bread
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 12 slices Black Forest ham
  • 2 1/3 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 2 cups micro greens
  • Crème fraîche
  • Aleppo or cayenne pepper

Steps

  1. Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed skillet set over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles, about 2 minutes.

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