Croque-Madame

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Almost like Croque-Monsieur, only intended more for brunch.

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Ingredients

2 Eggs
Butter
1 Baguette
2 Wedges of Swiss Gruyere Cheese
3 Slices of Ham

Method

-Break open the eggs and mix them in a small bowl. Get out as much butter as you need to grease the cooking surface of a small frying pan. Place butter on the pan and turn the heat on high. Just keep as the butter is melting, use the handle of the pan to move it aroun so that the grease is evenly distributed. As soon as the butter as fully melted, pour in the eggs. It is up to you whether you plan to eat it scrambled or as an omelet. Once the egg has been poured in, set the heat on low and leave it there for now. This should give you enough time to do the next steps, but do take the time to keep a good on them.
-Cut off as much of a portion you would like for yourself as a sandwich from the baguette. Open and put it in a toater oven on low heat face down.
-Place the gruyere onto a small, microwave-safe plate and heat it for 10-20 seconds or until it is soft enough to easily spread.
-Turn your attention onto the eggs. Mix them around a little so that they are heated more evenly. If you are trying to scramble them, just mix them around. If you are doing an omelet, try to get the uncooked portion of the eggs under by simply moving a cooked portion at the end a little more to the center. This way, it will not be so gooey at the top. If the bottom is already cooked wel enough, you might as well just flip it over and let it cook on the other side. If not, just wait until the end.
-The baguette should be toasted by now. Remove from toaster oven and onto a plate. Spread the cheese on both sides. Place first the ham on the bottom portion of the bread. If the eggs are ready, place them into the bread on top of the ham.
-Enjoy!

Extra Note:
French bread needs to be used for reasons of authenticity and must be toasted. Ham, eggs, cheese are always the main ingredients, but there are many different types of cheeses you can use and over 200 of them are french. There are many other ways to make this. You can use any cheese of your choice. If it is a cold cut, you can melt it with the bread that is being toasted or mix it with the egg as an omelet. The same can be done with a spreadable cheese. You can even mix the ham into the eggs and make it one big omelet. Or you can do it all scrambled. All you need to do is toast the open bread.

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