I’ve decided to prepare a “Croque-Madame sandwich” for brunch. I didn’t follow the original recipe, because every time I open the fridge, I usually get inspired to use some of the ingredients at disposal. The result was absolutely amazing, that’s why I’ve decided to share with you my version of this tasty, crunchy sandwich.
The sandwich is called “Croque Madame”, because of the lightly fried egg on the top of it, which is said to resemble a woman’s hat. The word “croquet” originates from the French verb “croquer” and means literally “to crunch”.
YIELD: 2 sandwiches
TIME: 20 minutes
4 slices of bread
1 & 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. mustard
2 tbsp. lutenitsa
2 tbsp. cream cheese
150 grams grated semi-hard yellow cheese ( kashkaval )
2 thin slices of ham
2 thin slices of fresh bacon
A sprinkle of oregano, salt and pepper
Step 1. – Assemble the sandwiches
Spread the butter on both sides of each bread slice. Then – a thin layer of mustard on the top of the bread slices. Be generous with the cream cheese! After you spread it, sprinkle with some yellow cheese. Top with 2 slices of meat – ham and bacon. Brush some lutenitsa on 2 from the 4 the bread pieces. Then put the slices with the lutenitsa on the top of the slices with the more ingredients and press it hard, but gently!
Step 2. – Bake them
You will need a pan for that. Heat it on medium temperature and put a thin layer of butter in the bottom for the pan. Bake each side of the sandwiches for about 2 – 3 minutes.
Step 3. – Melt the yellow cheese
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Sprinkle the top of the sandwiches with the grated yellow cheese.
Put them in a tray, covered with baking paper. Bake until the cheese start to melt and forms a little bubbles.
Step 4. – Fry the Eggs
Meanwhile, fry the eggs. I personally prefer the yolk to stay soft. Put the eggs on the top of the sandwiches. Sprinkle with oregano, salt and black pepper.