gonna be? A Croque Monsieur or Madame? The difference is quite simple – the Madame has an egg, Monsieur doesn’t. Regardless of whether you decide to go with or without the egg, learn from the best on how to make this anything but ordinary sandwich. Executive Chef Ed Cotton, from Plein Sud, a French Brasserie downtown shared how to make a Parisian Ham Croque Monsieur/Madame with the folks at Refinery29. Delightful, right?
12 slices of brioche bread or white bread
6 slices of jamon blanc (French Ham)
1 cup of grated gruyere cheese
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons of soft butter
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
6 eggs for Madame
1 large white truffle or black truffle (optional)
1 tablespoon of white truffle oil (optional)
1 Mix both grated cheeses.
2 Butter each slice of bread on one side, and on the other side add a little of the Dijon mustard.
3 Divide 1/2 of the cheese on Dijon mustard side of the bread.
4 Lay the slice of ham onto 6 slices of bread. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread.
5 Cook the sandwich until golden brown on each slide like a grilled cheese sandwich. Once cooked, cut the edge of the crusts off to make a square shape.
6 Put the sandwiches on a sheet pan and top with the remaining 2/3 cup of cheese. Place the tray under the broiler until the cheese has melted on top.
7 For Madame, place the eggs and pan fry them only on one side. Serve the eggs on top of the sandwich along with optional truffle shavings and a drizzle of truffle oil.