Mar 22, 2012

by English Muse

I had the most amazing Croque Madame sandwich at Cafe de Flore when I was in Paris recently, and ever since I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe to match. It’s probably impossible. So much of the experience was ambience. (An upstairs table; Rainy Saturday afternoon; Restaurant packed with tourists and locals.)

I love this description of the Croque Madame by Kellina de Boer, editor of the fabulous blog, I Want to be a Roitfeld:

“This beloved French bar snack is traditionally made with melted Gruyère or Emmental cheese and ham, grilled to perfection between two slices of crusty bread perhaps dressed in a Mornay or Béchamel sauce with an egg sunny side up on top.

“In parts of Normandy they refer to this culinary comfort as croque-à-cheval. The decadent croque madame first appeared on menus in Paris in 1910 and in literature in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) in 1918.”

Here’s Kellina’s recipe for the perfect Croque Madame:

Ingredients:
8 slices of bread

4 slices of ham

150 g grated cheese

60 g butter

4 eggs

20 cl whipping cream

Salt, pepper

Preparation:
1. Trim the edges of the slices of bread. Spread them with a little butter.
Cut thin slices of cheese and arrange on bread.
2. Add the slice of ham folded in half. Cover with another slice of buttered bread.
3. In a bowl, add grated cheese, heavy cream, and a pinch of pepper and salt. Mix.
4. On toasted bread place a spoonful of the mixture of grated cheese and cream.
Spread it gently on the slice of bread and reserve. Preheat oven to 360° F.
5. Just before serving, broil in oven 3-4 minutes.
6. In a skillet fry eggs. Place an egg on each croque madame and serve hot.

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11 Responses to “A Croque Madame at Cafe de Flore”

  1. Camila Faria says:

    YUM! Now you made me hungry!

  2. Meg Mitchell says:

    The croques are absolutely wonderful at Cafe de Florence and I love the wonderful paper placemats of Paris they use at breakfast. I brought mine home for a lovely memory of that morning.

  3. Yum, I love a good croque madame, it’s my ideal brunch treat

  4. kellina says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning my site! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe, but I wanted to clarify that it is not Lara Bohinc’s recipe for Croque Madame, Lara is actually written about separately in the following post. Bon Appétit !

  5. kellina says:

    Tina, no worries! I totally appreciate you mentioning my site and your kind words, thank you!!

  6. Ever make it to Laurel Tavern in Studio City? Delicious food and they’re serving one now, but they call in grilled cheese with ham and egg on top.

  7. This looks delicious! I will have to try this recipe. But of course there is nothing like eating it in Paris! Have a great weekend!

  8. Kailey says:

    Ahh this looks heavenly! Thank you for sharing :D

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