For a classic French breakfast recipe, give this delicious croque madame a try. Slices of crisp, toasted sourdough, layered with fresh ham, Gruyère cheese and creamy béchamel sauce, all topped off with a perfectly cooked egg. This French take on cheese on toast is extra delicious and ready in a matter of minutes.
- To make the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a pan. Add the flour and stir for a couple of minutes to make a paste. Gradually stir in the milk until you have a thick, smooth sauce. Stir in the mustard, freshly grated nutmeg and some seasoning, to taste.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high. Toast the bread on both sides until golden. Top each slice of toast with a ham slice and some grated cheese. Transfer to a baking sheet and spoon over the béchamel sauce. Grill until bubbling and golden.
- Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a frying pan. Crack in the eggs and fry until the whites are set but the yolks are still soft. Serve two slices of toast per person, topped with an egg.
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If serving vulnerable groups, elderly people, toddlers, pregnant women and people who are unwell, cook eggs until the whites and yolks are solid.
As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.