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Croque Madames

“Croques” are a French speciality easily found in most brasseries, bars and cafes in France. “Croque Monsieurs” and “Croque Madames” are simply oven-baked cheese and ham sandwiches on sliced bread. They are topped with a béchamel sauce and grated cheese and come with a bit of salad and chip. The difference between the “Monsieur” and the “Madame” is that the latter’s served with a fried egg on top. Jamie loves them and to this day think that the ones I make at home are the best ones he’s ever tasted. I’m not one to boast about what I do, but on this occasion I thought I’d share it as they are very easy to do in a campervan (if you have an oven or grill).

Ingredients (for two croque madames):
  • 4 slices of bread (we love Hovis or Warbuton's seeded range)
  • Mustard or any other spread of your choice
  • 4 slices of ham
  • Slices of Cheddar cheese and grate some for topping
  • 2 thinly sliced mushrooms
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Seasoning: pepper, olive oil and tabasco (for those who love it)
  • 2 eggs

1. Make your sandwiches in picture...

2. Make the bechamel sauce 

To convert the sandwiches into croques, you now need to make the bechamel sauce which is going to go on top of the sandwiches.

Ingredients for the bechamel sauce:

  • 25g of plain flour
  • 25g of margarine 
  • And a bit of milk (I never measure it so see picture to give you an idea)

3. Grated cheese and fried eggs 

A few more steps and here we go!