What started as a Croque Madame with custard instead of the usual white sauce turned into a Monte Cristo with a poached egg on top. Unable call it a Croque Madame anymore, I turned to Twitter for help. Some dude who goes by the name Zap Shakur suggested I go with Madame Cristo, and the rest is history. Top with poached or fried eggs and garnish with fresh chives.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 sandwiches
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Egg Batter:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine egg, heavy cream or milk, salt, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and lemon zest in a bowl. Mix until batter is thin and runny. (Add 2 tablespoons more milk or cream if needed.)

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  • Toast bread until lightly browned. Add Havarti cheese to each slice. Divide ham between two sandwiches. Bring the two halves of the sandwich together and place into the batter. Flip several times to coat evenly; place on a plate. Repeat with second sandwich.

  • Fill a large saucepan with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. In the meantime, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwiches in the hot butter until outside is browned and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes per side.

  • Meanwhile, reduce saucepan heat to medium-low, pour in vinegar, and keep the water at a gentle simmer. Crack an egg into a small bowl, then gently slip it into the simmering water, holding the bowl just above the surface of water. Repeat with second egg. Cook until the egg white is firm and the yolk has thickened but is not hard, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.

  • Transfer sandwiches to plates and dust with cayenne pepper. Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, dab on a kitchen towel to remove excess water, and place onto each sandwich. Dust with cayenne pepper.

Tips

Chef's Notes:

If you're just making one or two, feel free to poach your eggs right before the sandwiches are done, but for larger parties, you'll want to check out this recipe, which shows a great make-ahead method for serving multiple poached eggs at the same time.

You can substitute milk for the heavy cream, if desired.

Use any kind of melting cheese you like, such as Gruyere, Swiss, or Cheddar.

Nutrition Facts

903 calories; protein 39.6g; carbohydrates 31.2g; fat 69.8g; cholesterol 565.7mg; sodium 2135.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2018
This was an instant hit with my family. The adults topped the sandwich off with the poached egg while the kids opted out of the poached egg and went with a raspberry jam on top. It was wonderful both ways! I used Asadero and Havarti cheeses which were amazing on the sandwich. You can use many different kinds of cheese as long as they are melty. Chef John thank you for another yummy recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/31/2019
3.5 stars. I made it with whole wheat bread slices for a healthier option. But I believe it would have been better with plain white bread. I'm not sure the cayenne lemon zest nutmeg and salt in the batter made any significant contribution in the flavor as opposed to a traditional egg batter for French toast. Maybe more spices are needed? I felt the 1 egg on top would have been better if it were 2 eggs as the sandwich was somewhat dry. I think this dish could be better with some tweaking. I'm not sure I would try it again though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2018
This was an instant hit with my family. The adults topped the sandwich off with the poached egg while the kids opted out of the poached egg and went with a raspberry jam on top. It was wonderful both ways! I used Asadero and Havarti cheeses which were amazing on the sandwich. You can use many different kinds of cheese as long as they are melty. Chef John thank you for another yummy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2018
I made this without the lemon zest (my husband wouldn t have eaten it if I had put it in). It was incredibly easy and came out perfect. This will definitely be added to our dinner menu rotation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2018
Yum! I left out the cayenne pepper. I also made the poached egg in the microwave. Fill a cereal bowl half full with water. Add vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar). Warm in microwave for 60 seconds. Break an egg into the water and pierce the yolk with a fork. Put back in the microwave and cover. Cook for 60 seconds. Check to see if the egg is done to your liking. Add additional cooking time as desired. Remove egg with a slotted spoon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2018
I also added some hard salami. Oh so good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2018
Absolutely delicious! Next time I will substitute 3/4 tsp mustard powder for the lemon zest I think it will compliment the other ingredients more than the lemon zest Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2018
Quite good and easier than I thought it was going to be Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2019
Even thought I made one sandwich with one egg I did make some tweaks to it. Instead of the honey baked ham I used honey ham for the deli. I didn't have any champagne vinegar and used white wine vinegar instead. I didn't have any lemon zest and used lemon juice in its place. Although my sandwich and my egg fell apart on me it did taste real good. I will make two sandwiches next time for a quick dinner meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2018
My boys loved this so much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2018
We loved it. It s easier to make than a real monte cristo and just as delicious! I used less salt in the batter since I used Black Forest ham instead of honey ham and it was more than enough salt (I ll probably still use less next time). Also i only used about half the amount of lemon zest because I knew my boys wouldn t appreciate it as much as I would. It was enough to have a hint of lemon but not noticeable enough to deter my boys. I love it with the havarti instead of Swiss like I do with the monte cristos. I was told I could keep this on my menu.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/31/2019
3.5 stars. I made it with whole wheat bread slices for a healthier option. But I believe it would have been better with plain white bread. I'm not sure the cayenne lemon zest nutmeg and salt in the batter made any significant contribution in the flavor as opposed to a traditional egg batter for French toast. Maybe more spices are needed? I felt the 1 egg on top would have been better if it were 2 eggs as the sandwich was somewhat dry. I think this dish could be better with some tweaking. I'm not sure I would try it again though. Read More
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