Croque Madame Casserole

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By Annamaria Settanni McDonald
from Brooklyn, OH

Take a trip to Paris, France in your kitchen. A French dish basically topping a Ham and Cheese Sandwich with an egg but this adds a great Bechamel Sauce (How they do it in France). This is such a yummy dish, you can eat it for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner!

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serves 6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 40 Min

Ingredients

  •   6 Tbsp
    butter, plus 2 tablespoons for eggs
  •   1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  •   2 c
    milk
  •   2 Tbsp
    dijon mustard
  •   3/4 tsp
    salt
  •   1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  •   1/2 tsp
    freshly grated nutmeg
  •   12 slice
    white bread
  •   3/4 lb
    thinly sliced ham (any kind you like) or turkey if you don't like ham
  •   1 c
    gruyere cheese, shredded
  •   1 c
    emmentaler cheese, shredded
  •   6
    eggs over easy (last step)

How To Make

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish.
  • 2
    Toss Gruyere and Emmentaler cheese together. (You can also find this mixture already preshredded as Fondue Mixture, if not grate seperately) If you'd like you can use just 2 cups of Gruyere cheese. I like both.
  • 3
    Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over low heat until bubbling. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thick and bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes more. Whisk in the mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  • 4
    Pour a thin layer of the sauce into the prepared baking dish and cover it with 5 or 6 slices of the bread, then slices of the ham and an even layer of the Gruyere/Emmentaler Cheese Mixture. Repeat the layers once more, ending with a third layer of sauce to cover all. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes. Remove it from the oven and cut into 6 equal pieces.
  • 5
    Working in 2 batches, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crack 3 eggs into the skillet and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until the whites are nearly set, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip the eggs and continue cooking until the whites are completely set, about 1 minute more. You're going to top each portion of the casserole with a fried egg. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs and 1 tablespoon butter. Top with Gruyere/Emmentaler Cheese Mixture and it in the oven for a few minutes until cheese melts.
  • 6
    Serve with Fresh Fruit or a light Field Green Salad on the side.