Croque madame traybake
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 3
Take a ham and cheese toastie to the next level with this croque madame traybake, ideal for brunch – and you can make the white sauce a day or two ahead of time
For the white sauce
For the sandwiches
- STEP 1
To make the sauce, heat the milk in a saucepan with the onion, cloves and bay leaf. When boiling, turn off the heat and leave to infuse for 30 mins, then strain.
- STEP 2
Melt the butter in another pan and add the flour. Cook for 4-5 mins until sandy. Gradually whisk in the milk, then cook over a medium heat, stirring, until you have a thick sauce. Stir in the mustard and season. Set aside to cool. Can be made up to two days ahead.
- STEP 3
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a baking tray large enough to fit 3 slices of bread, then butter and toast the bread, and make 3 sandwiches with 2 slices of ham and cheese in each. Spread the white sauce on top, and make a small well in the sauce on each sandwich. Crack the eggs into the wells, then scatter over the parmesan. Bake for 20 mins or until the whites are just set.