10 years after a cliché, yet life-changing experience as a backpacker through Europe, I returned. We went to Paris. But, I didn’t have to stuff a pack into a locker and wear flip-flops in the shower. This time, there were chocolates waiting for me on my pillow, along with the weather report for the next day. I could get used to this.
In honor of Madame Julia Child’s 100th birthday, there was croque-madame. I’ve made this archive Gourmet recipe many times – sometimes even using farmhouse cheddar – and it has never disappointed. I don’t think it ever will.
There is something so satisfying about watching a cheesy béchamel bubble and brown under the broiler on a rainy night. Topped with a slow cooked fried egg, it all comes together. Depth from the browned Gruyere cheese, salt from the ham, bite from the Dijon mustard, crunch from the sourdough crust. Serve with a crisp salad of arugula, frisée and paper thin red onion and you’re in business.
Bon Appétit et Bon Anniversaire, Madame!