I've been meaning to make a croque-madame for a while now but wasn't too into the idea of adding béchamel sauce to the top so I decided to add hollandaise instead. My dad makes a mean hollandaise and as a kid every time he made eggs benedict I was in charge of making sure it stayed lump-free by constantly stirring it.
This recipe is tricky because basically you have to make everything at once and it all cooks fast. Find a helper to stir the hollandaise if you can.
Ingredients (for 2):
- 2 pieces of thick sliced sourdough
- about 6 thin slices of ham
- 2 slices of cheese (I used swiss but grated gruyère is what is commonly used)
- 2 eggs (to poach) + 3 egg yolks (for the hollandaise)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
To make the hollandaise, stir the egg yolks and lemon juice with a whisk in a sauce pan. Add half of the butter and melt it slowly into the yolk mixture, stirring constantly. Now add the other half of the butter and let that melt, stirring constantly.
Place three slices of ham on to each slice of bread and top with cheese. Put it in the oven at about 400 degrees until the cheese melts.
Boil water in a pan and crack two eggs into it. Let them cook for about 3-4 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place them on top of the melted cheese.
Top each one with hollandaise. Cut those babies in half and enjoy!