croque madame

In breakfast, brekkie, brunch, culinary experiments, ethnic food, lunch on 10.31.11 at 8:51 pm

sweet & savory. a little bit of this, a little bit of that.

so i thought i’d put a twist on this classic brunch recipe — sweet fig & honey paired with savory smoked prosciutto and ricotta. the best of both worlds in one delicious bite. thanks to fellow foodie blogger poor girl eats well for the culinary inspiration to cook my first-ever croque madame. check out this eggs-cellent sammy…

i’m a big fan of locally-made artisan bread. and this challah bread from itza bakeshop is a pretty fantastic treat. i picked up a loaf on a whim, after hearing rave reviews from another customer when i came in to buy some fresh pizza dough. so glad i picked up some challah that day. perfect for grilled cheese sammies — or. if you’re feeling fancy — a delish croque madame.

prep the toast:
– lightly spread unsalted buttter on the outside of 2 thick slices of fresh challah bread (or you can substitute with sourdough)
– melt 1 tsp of unsalted butter in large saucepan on high heat
– add both slices of challah to pan and toast 1 side until slightly toasted
– remove bread from pan & set aside

– fry 1 large egg (sunny-side-up, yolk intact)
– remove egg from pan & set aside

the filling:
– spread honey on the untoasted side of each slice
– add a thin layer of ricotta cheese
– add 2-3 figs (peeled, halved) and 3-4 slices smoked prosciutto (sandwiched in between the bread)

the croque madame:
– melt 1 tsp of unsalted butter in the pan
– add the sandwich to the pan
– press down sandwich using a spatula, and cook until cheese is melted & bread is toasted golden brown.

– place the fried egg on top of the sandwich

voila! you have a sweet & savory croque madame.

– double ingredient quantities above for 2 servings

  1. Words just can’t describe how good that looks!


  2. Wow, this looks really good. Especially the fig part.


  3. What a brilliant twist on the classic. Fig and honey are so delicious together. This looks amazing!


  4. This looks/sounds so decadent…wishing I had had it for my breakfast!


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