- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup grainy mustard
- ½ cup white cheddar cheese, grated + ¼ cup
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 slices ham
- 4 slices bread, toasted
- 2 fried eggs
Wow, so you still have some leftover ham, huh. Or you’re not over the holidays yet, and you’re stomach’s still calling for more of the Christmas staple. We’re not judging you. Although, if we may, we’d like to offer an alternative way of eating the sliced pork. Take a cue from the French, and stick it into a glorified grilled cheese sandwich: the croque madame.
Croque madame is an upgraded version (i.e. it has sunny side-up egg on top) of croque monsieur, a baked or fried ham and cheese sandwich smothered in bechamel. It sounds very fancy—and it is, given most recipes use Gruyere. But our version only sets you back PHP 176.83 per person; even less if you use ham that’s still in your fridge.
The sandwich is insanely cheesy. And it has all the flavors you want in a power breakfast, with a bonus of contrasting textures that just makes it fun. It’s a lot, so make sure you use a thick, sturdy bread that can keep everything up without going all droopy.