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Croque Madame on English Muffins
and green salad with celery and apples

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min

We've put our own twist on this French bistro favorite that was praised as simple and satisfying when it was first featured in 2017. Warm, open-faced ham and cheese sandwiches are topped with fried eggs while a fresh salad adds crunch and sweetness on the side.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Croque Madame:
  • Cheese, gruyere - 4 oz, shredded or thinly sliced (sub Swiss cheese)
  • English muffins - 4, halved
  • Foil - for cooking
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 Tbsp
  • Black forest ham, thinly sliced - 8 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Eggs - 4
Salad with Celery and Apples:
  • Celery - 1 rib, sliced
  • Lettuce, green leaf - 1 head, chopped
  • Apples - 1, chopped
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Cheese / Celery - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Lettuce / Apples - Prep as directed and combine.

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Make

  1. Turn on the oven's broiler (use the lowest broiler setting if your oven has multiple settings).
  2. While oven heats, whisk together vinegar, mustard (the portion for the salad), honey, and olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Top with celery, lettuce, and apples (wait to toss salad until just before serving).
  3. Slice English muffins in half. Line a sheet pan with foil and place English muffins on pan, cut-side up. Broil English muffins until just starting to turn golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Combine mayonnaise and mustard (the portion for the Croque Madame).
  5. Remove English muffins from oven and spread with mayonnaise / mustard. Top each half with ham and cheese. Return pan to oven and continue broiling until cheese is melted and starting to brown on top (watch it closely to prevent burning).
  6. While English muffins toast, heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then crack eggs into heated oil. Season eggs with some salt and pepper. Fry eggs to desired doneness (cook on one side for sunny-side up, or flip and cook on both sides).
  7. Divide English muffins between serving plates, leaving them open-faced. Top each pair of English muffins with a fried egg. Toss salad and serve on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (42)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (10)

32 reviews

Popular with the whole family. Will make it as a breakfast without the salad as well.

By: Eva
Posted: Mar 05, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved these! Made more work for ourselves by making the English muffins from scratch but they were so good! Also poached the eggs and they came out perfectly. Yum!!

By: Emily
Posted: Mar 05, 2019
Diet: Original
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YUM! Didn't make the salad but the sandwiches are absolutely delicious! Definitely making this again.

By: Tarin
Posted: Mar 05, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Tasty, but why so high in fat? Would it be possible to watch out for that in the future?

By: Tara
Posted: Mar 05, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used bacon instead

By: Laurey
Posted: Mar 05, 2019
Diet: Original
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Quick and pretty good ham sandwiches. I agree that it’d be better as a real croque madame with the bechamel.

By: Emily
Posted: Mar 04, 2019
Diet: Original
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