Naturally, this is a knife-and-fork affair, as the egg yolks ooze out beautifully into the chewy, buttery bread. The flavors are well-balanced, with the meat mingling well with the melted cheese.
'croque madame' on Serious Eats
Croque-monsieur is, very simply, a grilled ham and cheese; the easy addition of a fried egg on top transforms it into a croque-madame. There are many different versions of this classic French fast food, including smothering the final product with cheesy mornay sauce. Here I've opted for the plain version, but as with any sandwich, you should feel free to explore all the different variations until you create your own perfect version.
What happens when Jessie Oleson, aka Cakespy, goes to Paris? She eats many butter-based pastries—in fact, she hit up at least one pâtisserie in each of the 20 arrondissements! But to prevent insanity, she had to squeeze in a few non-sweet bites too. Read about her savory escapades, from the best Croque Madame and Monsieurs to falafel on "Falafel Row" to burgers from a kosher deli, and great pizza from a cheap takewaway.
[Photograph: Blake Royer] Sometimes I wonder if my fascination with putting fried eggs on everything will ever abate. Is it a childish notion, or lazy cooking habit? Whether it's my recent meal of lentils, greens, and eggs, or a black...