Breakfast in French Croque-Monsieur and Croque-Madame

Breakfast in French Croque-Monsieur and Croque-Madame

Breakfast in French Croque-Monsieur and Croque-Madame

At home, in France, the breakfast is popular not less than the world-famous croissants. We are talking about sandwiches with fancy names «Croque-Monsieur» and «Madame Croc» (sroque-monsieur, and croque-madame).

This c sandwiches of ham and cheese, which differ from each other by the presence of one ingredient. The French, as always, managed to turn a simple set of products in a refined dish.

Breakfast in French

 

The first mention refers to the sandwich in 1910: Hot ham and cheese sandwich was listed on the menu of a Parisian cafe. And already in 1919, Croque-Monsieur Marcel Proust mentions — in the second volume of his cycle of novels «In Search of Lost Time.»

The name goes back to the word sandwich croquer, which means «crunch», «crispy» (hot sandwiches prepared exactly such). By ordering this quick breakfast, friendly French waiter said: «Croc Monsieur.» This phrase and went down in history as the designation of a sandwich.

Breakfast in French Croque-Monsieur and Croque-Madame

 

A variation of the sandwich, «Croque-Madame» owes its name extension ingredient — a fried egg that someone reminded women’s hat at the time.

Breakfast in French Croque-Monsieur and Croque-Madame

 

Croque-Monsieur and Croque-Madame is very easy to prepare and, at the same time, extremely tasty.

For 4 servings you will need:

8 thin slices of white bread (in the form of toast),

4 slices of cheese,

4 slices of ham,

Dijon mustard,

salt,

pepper

Provencal herbs to taste. If you want to eat Croque-madame, are also required for eggs fried eggs.

Breakfast in French Croque-Monsieur and Croque-Madame

 

4 slices of bread lubricate a little oil, put a little mustard on top. On put mustard on one slice of cheese and ham. «Cover» sandwiches remaining bread slices with oil, lubricate the top, sprinkle with spices. Put the sandwiches on a baking sheet greased and submit it in the oven.

Breakfast in French

 

When the bread browned and cheese is melted, reach for Croque-monsieur. If each sandwich put a fried egg — voila: in front of us already Croque-Madame! By the way, nice to eggs placed on top, it is recommended to fry in a special mold. Or «cut» ready-made eggs to the desired size.

Breakfast in French

 

Of course, in the famous sandwiches are variations. Someone does not use mustard. Some of the top slice of bread smeared with butter do not, and bechamel sauce, you can also sprinkle it with grated cheese. Sometimes sandwiches decorated with greenery, sometimes — not.

With the popularity of Croque-monsieur in France there are many options like sandwiches with the other ingredients. They began to receive the new name (the first part of the name remains the same, the second points to the additional ingredient, for example, croque norvégien — with salmon slices). There are even varieties of sweet sandwich:. With chocolate, condensed milk, banana, pineapple, sprinkled with powdered sugar, etc. remain unchanged two characteristics sandwich croque family: they should be crispy and hot.

Breakfast in French Croque-Monsieur and Croque-Madame

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