Pretzel, Madame?

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.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t forget the best part, the fried egg! Season your fried egg and place it on top of the sauce. Enjoy!

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