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Le 'Croc' Madame

Inspired by the French classic grilled cheese, ours is made even tastier with sweet Hawaiian bread, smoked ham and sharp cheddar.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 8 slices Hawaiian bread or brioche, crusts removed
  • ½ stick 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cup 2% or whole milk
  • 7 oz shredded Old Croc Extra Sharp Cheddar divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon white ground pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt or more if desired
  • 8 oz sliced smoked ham
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place bread slices over a baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan; add flour and whisk for 1 minute (do not let flour brown); slowly add milk whisking continually till creamy; add 1 cup shredded Old Croc cheese, nutmeg, pepper and salt; stir till well-combined; set aside.
  4. In a heavy oven proof skillet (or cast iron skillet) melt 1 Tbsp butter; place 4 slices toasted bread over butter; top each bread slice with 1 Tbsp cheese sauce; 2 oz ham, 1/4 cup Old Croc shredded cheese, 1 Tbsp cheese sauce; top with remaining toasted bread slices; spread remaining cheese sauce evenly among bread tops; bake for 5-10 min or till slightly golden and bubbly.
  5. Meanwhile, fry eggs in remaining butter and oil; place one egg over each baked sandwich; season with salt if desired; sprinkle with smoked paprika and parsley. Enjoy!