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Croquet Madame

Croquet Madame

Croquet Madame

12 slices thick white bread
12 slices country ham
12 slices (or grated) gruyere cheese
Wholegrain mustard
6 eggs

For the béchamel
125g butter
30g flour
750 ml milk
Pinch nutmeg 

Method

For the béchamel
In a small saucepan, melt 1 ounce butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly. Gradually add the milk and nutmeg whisking constantly until the sauce thickens and flour is cooked out. Add half of the gruyere cheese to the béchamel.

For the sandwiches
Arrange 6 slices of the bread on a flat surface. Top each piece with 2 slices of ham and some of the béchamel sauce. On the remaining 6 pieces spread wholegrain mustard and place on top of ham slices.Heat a large cast iron skillet and, when hot, add butterr. Add 2 of the sandwiches and brown on one side, 2 minutes. Turn on the other side and brown 2 more minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining butter and sandwiches. Spread the remaining bechamel on top of the sandwiches and top with the other half of the Gruyere cheese. Place the sandwiches under grill until the top becomes brown.While sandwiches are grilling fry 6 eggs. Remove sandwiches from oven, top with fried egg and serve.

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