Grilled cheese must be one of the finest examples of classic comfort food. So basic and simple, yet so unbelievably delicious! With just 3 ingredients commonly found in everyone's kitchen, you can have dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes (with some tomato soup, of course!)
If you've ever visited Paris, you know that French culture can be...well...sophisticated. So it's only fitting, their version of grilled cheese has to be FANCY!
Imagine a gooey, crispy grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Now, let's add a creamy béchamel sauce. Oh, and it's topped with a poached or fried egg. Major sandwich upgrade!
Some people really like that oozing yolk. Hello, eggs benedict. For me, it's just not my favorite. So, while it may not look quite as pretty- I would top with a scrambled egg.
Also, this is a very Americanized version of a béchamel sauce. I don't think the French are very well known for using cream cheese. Delicious, none the less!
And, the French LOVE their bread- you won't find any open-faced sandwiches there!
A croque madame is basically a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, with a béchamel sauce. The cheese of choice is often Gruyère. Then, it's served with a poached or fried egg on top.
Both French dishes include all of the same ingredients. These grilled sandwiches can be prepared in the oven or fried in a skillet. Croque monsieurs involve bread, ham, cheese, and often a béchamel sauce. The bread is dipped into the egg before cooking, similar to French toast. Croque madames are served with a poached or fried egg on top. These sandwiches originated in French cafes and bars as a quick snack. If you're in France and having difficulty translating the menu, look for one of these!
Croque translates to "crunchy bite."
For a fun, French take on grilled cheese- check out this gluten free croque madame!
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