RECIPE: Croque Madame
3 slices of chicken or turkey
½ tbsp butter
2 slices of white bread
Parmesan cheese (optional)
For Béchamel Sauce
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
½ cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
1 Make the béchamel sauce by melting the butter over a medium heat until it starts to bubble.
2 Add the flour and stir continuously for about 30 seconds or until it begins to smell nutty.
3 Whisk in the milk and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to low.
4 Add the cheese, salt, and pepper. Cook the sauce until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Set aside.
5 Heat a frying pan over a medium heat.
6 Take two slices of bread, and butter each slice of bread on one side only.
7 Lay the bread, buttered side down, in the frying pan.
8 Add about a tbsp of Béchamel sauce and the three slices of chicken.
9 Place the other slice of bread on top (buttered side up).
10 Brown each side of the sandwich.
11 Turn on your grill.
12 Take about a tbsp of béchamel sauce and smooth it out on top of the sandwich. Sprinkle on the parmesan cheese, if using.
13 Place under the grill for about 2 minutes, or until the top of the sandwiches are browned.
14 Meanwhile fry the egg, sunny side up.
15 Top the sandwich with the fried egg, add a pinch of salt and pepper and some more béchamel sauce, if desired, and serve.