What Is A Croque-Madame?
A Croque Madame is a French bistro delicacy made with thick slices of white bread stacked with sliced ham and shredded Gruyère cheese. A simple, creamy homemade béchamel sauce flavored with fresh thyme and stone-ground mustard is drizzled over the toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich. Croque Madame derives its name from the egg on top of the sandwich, which is shaped like a wide-brimmed women's hat. There are two ways to make Croque Madame: You can make it into a closed sandwich or an open-faced tartine, which is a French term for a sandwich topped with spreadable things.
What Is The Difference Between A Croque Madame And A Croque Monsieur?
A croque monsieur with a poached or fried egg on top is known as a croque madame. A croque monsieur is a hot sandwich made with ham and cheese over thick white bread pieces. The croque monsieur, which translates as "mister crunch," is a treasure trove of textures; add a fried egg to make it a croque madame. The difference between these two sandwiches is in the way the egg is mixed in with the other ingredients: The bread is dipped in beaten egg before being baked in a croque monsieur. Meanwhile, in a croque madame, the egg is fried and then put on top of the sandwich that has already been formed. A sunny side-up, poached, or gently cooked egg is served on top of a croque madame, adding a layer of richness to the cheese sandwich.
What To Serve With Croque Madame?
Serve your Croque Madame with a bowl of French Onion Soup and a tiny green salad to make it seem like a proper Parisian meal. Croque Madame goes well with other French-inspired dishes. It is also traditionally served with an arugula side salad in France.
Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Croque Madame: