Recently two of my favorite bloggers posted their versions of this classic sandwich... Theirs was beautiful.
Chris at NIBBLE ME THIS was first, and just recently Tamy from 3 SIDES OF CRAZY showed her version.
Mine is just a sandwich, the bastard step child to the complicated and rich French cheese sauced heaven on bread that Chris showed... But it was pretty good...
The base for my "Cheater Croque Madame" is two slices of my ENG BREAD that I posted yesterday. Eng bread is a sweet French Bread. I just toasted each side in a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).
Chris posted the "real" recipe for a rich cheesy Mornay Sauce. I just sliced a little specialty jalapeño cheddar cheese. Chris used ham (the traditional correct meat for Madame). I cut up a little of my weekly rotisserie chicken (are you getting tired of hearing about this $6 budget saver).
And sadly, the next step is where I screwed up, and really crossed the line between an "inspired by" and just a salvage job. A true Croque Madame is topped with an egg. The egg should have a runny yolk. I prefer mine over easy, but I failed. When I flipped, I saw that most hideous site... The yolk start to run out the bottom. Yea. I broke my yolk.
So, my planned layer of Eng Bread, topped with chicken, topped with a melted cheese, topped with another layer of Eng Bread, topped with a beautiful 2 yolk over easy egg, topped with a bit more melted cheese, topped with a bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese... became a frustration.
So, instead of the beautiful presentation I had planned and could be proud of...
I ended up with a tasty sandwich.
It's no Croque Madame, but it is another use for that rotisserie chicken! And look at that bread...