Croque Madame


8 slices bread

Butter, softened

4 slices ham

4 slices gruyere cheese

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2 tablespoons water

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 poached eggs


Spread bread with butter and make four sandwiches, each with ham and cheese. Press firmly together. Some like to remove crusts.

Combine beaten eggs with water; add salt and pepper; and dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, coating all sides well.

Heat a bit of butter in a heavy-bottomed skillet, and when very hot (but not brown); fry the sandwiches for about 5 – 8 minutes, turning once.

Slice each sandwich in half, arrange artfully on plate and top with a poached egg. Serve with oranges slices, strawberries and Blackberry jam for dipping.

For a crowd – make the sandwiches, dip in egg batter and place on a well-buttered baking pan and bake in a 350° oven. Bake, turning once, for about 10 – 15 min. It’s easier to prepare a large number this way and keep them warm until you are ready to serve them. Virginia Egg Council ~ ~ 540 345 3958