The traditional Croque Madame is the perfect example of comfort food. Trust the French to take a grilled cheese sandwich, and top it with not just a spoonful of creamy béchamel, but also a perfectly fried egg too. I’ve jazzed it up a little bit more by using a delicious mornay…which is like béchamel, except it has cheese. And I think we agree, cheese always wins.
I’ll be completely honest with you; I don’t ask for a lot when it comes to sandwiches. It doesn’t take much to win me over. A nice slice of bread, a little butter, and some strawberry jam. And I’m yours. But if you made me a this less-than-traditional Croque Madame, I’d probably write a sonnet praising your magnificence.
Do you know the difference between a Croque Madame and Croque Monsieur? I could tell you. Okay, I will tell you! It’s an egg. An egg is placed on top of a Croque Madame, and not the Croque Monsieur (it’s because women have eggs and men don’t… oooh, biology. We’re science-ing today, bestie!).
And if we’re talking proper traditional, Croque Madame is typically stuffed with ham. I don’t eat ham, so I’m using chicken slices instead. The chicken works incredibly well with the mornay sauce. Seriously, part of me doesn’t even want to write anymore. I just want to give you the recipe!
I’d be amiss if I didn’t tell you to check out my Almost-Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe; it’s one of the most popular recipes on my blog, and was even featured by Cosmopolitan UK! If grilled cheese is your thing (and I think it is), you’ll know what to do.
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