April 22, 2009

Barefoot Bloggers: Croque Monsieur or Madame?

Oh boy. Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

I have been waiting for this day to come and now that it has, I feel I have lived a fuller life for it.

I distinctly remember watching Ina make this recipe on her show, slightly drooling and zoning out at the thought of all that cheese! When she said you could make it with a fried egg in honor of a woman, I was sold. I love eggs. So thank you, Kathy of All Food Considered. You hold a special place in my heart (and tummy).

You can find Ina's recipe here.

Results: I looooooovvve the ooziness of the sunny side up egg, mingling with the sauce and toasted bread. The perfect brunch recipe. Easy to make. Gruyere is a bit expensive at $7.99/8 oz. What would be a cheaper substitute? Fontina? Emmentaler? I used Italian bread sliced on the diagonal and smoked deli ham. I halved the recipe and one was quite filling. I can even imagine small open-face baguette rounds as an appetizer, if you fuss with the presentation a little bit.

Final Grade: A+


h2babe said...

Yes, we complained at how ridiculously expensive is gruyere!!! But yum! You used eggs too?

chocolatechic said...

I used Swiss instead of Gruyere, and it was perfection.

Kate said...

Hooray! Another blogger who used an egg. I did too! Yum.

Debinhawaii said...

Looks amazing. I should have added an egg--I love the oozing yolk!

Meryl said...

I totally should have added an egg! This looks so yummy!

kelly said...

Love that you "slathered" just as much cheese sauce on it as I did. So decadent!