It’s not quite spring yet, so comforting meals are still an option! Sometimes you need a hearty sandwich. Hearty sandwiches are best achieved by adding an egg. An egg sandwich makes me think of a croque madame. Et voilà …my idea for a pretzel croque madame.
Trader Joe’s now carries soft pretzel buns! These looked so delicious we had to plan our dinner around these pretzels. Trader Joe’s carries a cheddar gruyere blend that was a perfect fit. I’m sure a ham and cheese sandwich would have been enough, but my brain and belly wanted more! Luckily I had all the fixins for a croque madame of sorts.
Make a béchamel sauce. Much easier than its fancy name! I only had fat free milk but it still turned out rich enough. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan. Stir in 1 tablespoon of flour until it forms a paste. Whisk in 6 ounces of milk. Add 1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg. Stir often over medium heat until the sauce thickens. Grate the cheese to your liking! I liked the cheese a lot! Add about an ounce to the sauce and turn the heat off. Toast up your pretzel buns under the broiler. Assemble your sandwich as follows: add a little extra mustard to the buns, a couple slices of black forest ham, a sprinkle of more grated cheese, and spoon on the béchamel sauce. I snuck the sandwiches back under the broiler so the cheese would melt.
Don’t forget the best part, the fried egg! Season your fried egg and place it on top of the sauce. Enjoy!