I first tried Croque-Madame at my favorite bakery in Olympia, Washington, The Bread Peddler. I miss that bakery. Not that I’m complaining, Bend has several that I enjoy just as well. But The Bread Peddler is not to be missed should you find yourself in Olympia.
Anyway, back to the Croque-Madame. It’s wonderful: toasted bread, salty rich ham, creamy béchamel, melty cheese, and a sunny-side up egg.
You may have noticed that I like to top things with fried eggs: here, here, and here, for example. So it won’t surprise you to know that I prefer Croque-Madame to Croque-Monsieur, the only difference being a fried egg. What you may not know is that I’m easily overwhelmed by too much bread. And though I don’t dislike it, I find the béchamel unnecessary.
Thus, ‘Almost Croque-Madame’. Continue Reading →