The sandwich is one of those universal foods where everyone has their own favorite version of what a good sandwich is. From simple fillings like peanut butter and jelly to exotic sandwich like Bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwich) with pâté fillings, there is something for everyone.
Today we are making croque madame sandwich which is a French grilled ham and cheese sandwich with egg. The secret that makes this sandwich extra delicious is the use of mornay sauce (or béchamel sauce if you prefer) for that extra creaminess which you can’t find by using the likes of mayo or other regular spread. The version of this sandwich without eggs is called croque monsieur. Traditionally, this sandwich is made with pain de mie (a type of French bread that is a little sweet and perfect for sandwich-making) but we can use any bread we have at home.
On first bite you can taste the creamy mornay sauce which complements the crispiness of our toasted bread extremely well. The runny egg yolk also provides an extra layer of flavor for our ham which was bound with the sweet and salty gruyère cheese. I like to add cayenne pepper and paprika to our egg to add an extra depth of flavor as well.