( SERVES 2 )
Photo by Michael craig
This is a French ham-and-cheese toasted sandwich, with the addition of bechamel sauce. Without the egg, it’s called a croque monsieur.
- To make the bechamel sauce, heat the knob of butter and the flour in a pot on medium heat, using a wooden spoon to mix it together. Take a whisk, and add the milk, whisking constantly until a thick sauce forms. Season with a little salt and pepper, and set aside.
- Lay the bread on an oven tray, and grill on one side until lightly toasted, and remove from the oven. Take two slices of the bread and on the untoasted side, place the grated cheese and ham. Take the other two slices of bread, and place them toasted side up on top of the ham and cheese to make two sandwiches.
- Generously spread the bechamel sauce on top of each sandwich. Grate over a little parmesan and add a crack of pepper. Return to the oven and grill until the cheese has melted and the sauce bubbles. This should take 5-7 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan and fry your eggs, sunny side up. When sandwiches are grilled, place an egg on top of each sandwich, and serve with mustard and salad greens.