Croque-Madame Panini

What is better than a ham and cheese panini?  How about a ham and cheese panini topped with a fried egg and some creamy mornay sauce?

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While dining out at a local French cafe I had a Croque-Monsieur which was quite nice.  I promptly went home to research what went into this sandwich when I discovered a recipe for a Croque-Madame. 

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A croque-madame has a sunny-side, or over-easy, egg and mornay sauce on top.  You can’t imagine how much I wanted to try it, but I honestly did not want to heat up the broiler because Summer in Texas is HOT! 

Croque Madam

So, rather than broil the sandwich I put it into my panini maker.  When it was done the sandwich was lovely and crunch outside with gooey melting cheese inside.  If you do not have a panini maker, and many do not, you can make this with two skillets and a large (say 32 oz.) can.  You won’t have the grill marks, but you will have a tasty sandwich.  It’s crunchy, cheesy, and makes a lovely lunch or dinner. 

Croque-Madame Panini    Serves 2

2  tablespoons  melted butter
4  slices sourdough bread 
Black Forest ham 
2  tablespoons  Dijon mustard  
1/2  cup  grated Gruyère cheese, divided 
1/2  cup mornay sauce (recipe follows)
2  eggs, cooked sunny-side up or over easy

Mornay Sauce   Yield 1 cup

1  tablespoon  unsalted butter
1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
1  cup milk (Whole or 2%)
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly cracked pepper to taste
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
2 ounces grated Gruyère cheese

Heat your panini press, or a grill pan, to medium heat.  If using a grill pan have a second pan and a weight (like a large can) available. 

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In a small saucepan over medium heat melt the butter until it foams but do not let it brown.  Add the flour and cook for about thirty seconds.  Four in the milk slowly, whisking constantly, until it is smooth.  Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. 

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Cook over medium heat until it bubbles and thickens.  Remove the pan from the heat and add the cheese in two installments, making sure the first is melted before adding the next.  Cover with foil and allow to stand while you prepare the paninis.

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Butter one slice of bread and reserve.  On the unbuttered slice layer the ham, mustard, and shredded cheese.  Top with the buttered bread.   Place the sandwich in your panini press, or in your heated pan, and butter the top slice.  Press the sandwich until golden brown and hot, about five minutes.  If cooking in a pan you will want to flip the sandwich after two to three minutes.

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While the sandwiches cook prepare your eggs. 

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When the sandwich is ready top it with the egg and add sauce to your taste. 

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This is lovely with a crisp green salad and a cool glass of wine.

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Author: Kelly

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  • This is just so evil!!! as ever you found a rich and exciting dish! We will save this one for Sunday morning. best, s

  • I’m beginning to think everything tastes better with a fried egg on top. I have never made a croque monsieur or madame, but this looks delicious.

  • Oooo…I’ve never had a panini like this before. An egg on top of it. I must give this a try. MUST, I tell you…MUST!!

  • Much preferred over a monsieur. It’s the egg!

  • Being French, I can’t resist to leave you a comment… Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame with an egg on top as you describe it so well is one of the traditional quick meals that you can find in every popular restaurant in France.. and I have to admit that your recipe looks particularly good. Well done!

  • The egg and the sauce….yum yum!

  • Sounds like a most delectable sandwich..

  • Oh this looks sinful! I love this sandwich!

  • that sandwich sounds like it is enriched with lots of flavor, I’m loving everything that’s going on here

  • The sandwich looks so rich and delicious. I’m having friends over for lunch tomorrow and I think I may actually make these for them. Thanks for the idea, Kelly!

  • Oh such a decadent sandwich. Looks delicious. Love that there are Mr & Mrs versions – the French equivalent of course 🙂

  • I’ve been dying to try one of these! Yours looks fantastic!

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