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My mom has been such a wonderful role model for me. She has loved unconditionally and gives so much to my sister and I. Honestly, she deserves every day to be “Mothers Day” and while I do my best to give back as I can, I love to be able to make this holiday a special one. And that includes breakfast in bed. Some years it’s not actually in bed, but a homemade breakfast nonetheless. I like to make it one that isn’t normal and take a little more time to prepare.
This Croque Madame is the perfect item; it’s my take on the classic French bistro sandwich, the Croque Monsieur. It’s a delicious sandwich but it’s even better with an egg! This recipe is for one Croque Madame, but the white sauce makes enough for four to six, so scale up the bread, egg, and meat and host a Mother’s Day brunch!
I’m accompanying this with a simple fruit salad consisting of a few sliced strawberries, some pieces of fresh pineapple, and dressed with a little lime zest, lime juice, and limoncello liquor.
Dress with the ingredients to your liking and taste. The flavors are simple and fresh and pair perfectly with the rich Croque Madame.
I hope you’re inspired to do something out of the ordinary for the mother figure in your life! Whether breakfast, brunch, or just a phone call, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Mother's Day recipes
Potato & Asparagus Quiche
Rhubarb & Berry Crisp
Watch how to make this Croque Madame
For the white sauce
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 cup half & half
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp white pepper
- ¼-½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ cup shredded Gruyère cheese
For the sandwich
- 2 piece hearty bread toasted under the broiler (I like a country or seeded bread)
- 2 tbsp fig spread
- 4 pieces black forest ham
- 2 egg fried to personal preference
- 4 tbsp shredded Gruyère cheese
For the white sauce
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When foamy and sizzling, add flour. Whisk to combine; it will seem clumpy. Continue whisking until slightly golden, about one minute.1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp flour
- Slowly add half & half, starting by adding one tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly to avoid clumps from forming.1 cup half & half
- Once all half & half is incorporated and smooth, add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cheese. Stir to melt the cheese.½ tsp salt, ½ tsp white pepper, ¼-½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg, ¼ cup shredded Gruyère cheese
- Taste and season more if needed. Set aside sauce.
For the sandwich
- Spread fig spread over toasted bread.2 tbsp fig spread, 2 piece hearty bread
- Place ham on top of toasted bread, followed by the fried egg.4 pieces black forest ham, 2 egg
- On top, pour ¼ cup white sauce over everything.
- Sprinkle with Gruyère cheese and place under the broiler for 30 seconds to one minute until the cheese is just beginning to bubble and brown on the top. Serve immediately and enjoy!4 tbsp shredded Gruyère cheese
We hosted a party last night- and I wish I would have visited your website for inspiration first. Our strengths weren’t the flower accents or place settings- but the great serving table that Nate assembled out of planks and saw horses and the impromptu fire he got going with an old tractor tire ring. Our rhubarb crisp was a hit too.
We’re inspired to see you guys kickin’ it in the midwest. We’re right south of you in Kansas.
I was also very impressed that you got home for Uncle Lavon’s funeral. We couldn’t make it, but we missed being together with the family.
To old traditions and new paradigms!
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