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A Croque Madame is a savory French dish consisting of a toasted sandwich filled with ham and cheese, topped with a fried egg. The dish is named for Madame, a popular Parisian restaurant in the early 1900s.
The Croque Madame is believed to have originated in Germany, where it was known as a Krustenbrot. It was introduced to France in the late 19th century by Austrian immigrants. The dish gained popularity in Parisian cafes and restaurants in the early 1900s.
The first known recipe for a Croque Madame was published in a French cookbook in 1907. The dish became even more popular after it was featured in the first edition of the Michelin Guide in 1911.
When making a croque madame, it is important to use high-quality ingredients. Begin by selecting the best quality bread you can find, and then layer with good quality ham and cheese. When it comes to the egg, it can be either poached or fried, depending on your preference. Be sure to spread a good layer of creamy béchamel sauce on top before baking. Finally, when baking, keep an eye on the dish, as it can burn easily. Once it is golden brown and bubbling, your croque madame is ready to enjoy!
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|red pepper flake|
|parmesan gruyere cheese|
|french loaf bread|
|pepper jack cheese|
|pain de mie|