Sometimes -and I know I’m not the only one doing this- I get sucked into a really terrible movie on cable. I recognize that I’m watching a bad movie. Periodically throughout the film I might even say aloud, “God, this movie is awful,” and yet I don’t change the channel. That was “Le Divorce” for me this afternoon. Truly horrible. The one thing it did accomplish was to make me really miss being in Paris.
Remember when I posted all those photos of food from Paris and made you all really jealous? Well now they’re making me jealous. Jealous of everyone who’s in Paris right now. Jealous of my boyfriend, who is going to Paris in two weeks. Grumble. Like these itty bitty little Croque Madame from the tiny food shop. Remember them?
Oh itty bitty Croque Madame. It seems like just yesterday I was walking down Rue Dauphine stuffing my face with your goodness. You were so delicious.
Then it hit me- I have ham. I have bread. I have milk. American Croque Madame monstrosity, here I come!
Those tiny ones have tomato on them, but I didn’t have tomato, so I skipped it. Ham, bread, mornay, swiss cheese (I don’t normally keep Gruyere in the deli drawer, so I had to make do), fried egg- BOOM! Giant American Croque Madame Monstrosity!
Don’t let the French people see- I fear I will be banned from Paris.
It was a double decker. Did I mention that?
Yeeeah. I’m full.
If you’re in the mood for a Croque Madame (or a Croque Monsieur) and you need to make Mornay for one, here’s a quick recipe:
- 1 T. butter
- 1 T. flour
- 1/2 c. + 2 T. hot milk
- 1/3 c. Gruyere -or Swiss- cheese (roughly)
Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and whisk whisk whisk. Cook for a minute or two over medium low heat (you’re cooking out the flour taste). Add hot milk. Whisk till mixture is thick and boiling (will not completely thicken till it boils). Turn off heat. Add cheese and whisk till fully melted- if mixture appears grainy turn heat back on low and whisk till smooth. Season with salt & pepper. Eat!