Let's kick around a little philosophy this fine Friday morning, shall we? I mean, when is philosophy more grand than when one is exhausted and under-caffeinated? In other words, I'm sleepy, and my mind is only producing random thoughts.
Our random thought, ahem...I mean our philosophy to consider this morning is this...
If breakfast and lunch equal brunch, than what can we call a meal that can happily appear at any time of the day: breakfast, lunch and/or dinner? Brunchner? Brunner? Dunchfast?
As you can see, I'm not coming up with the most inventive words. I've never been one to blend words well. Where's the originator of Brangelina? Now that was a word blend that the world has never forgotten! I could use her help, and yes, I believe it was a "her." If not, then it was definitely the staff over at TMZ.
I need this new blended word to describe today's recipe, because it would be perfect for "dunchfast." Today's recipe is the Croque Madame.
This sandwich is a staple over in France. Something that I ate quite frequently during my short time there. If you simply remove the egg, it quickly changes the name to Croque Monsieur. For those of you who are not lovers of the French language, "Madame" refers to a woman, and "Monsieur" would be in reference to a man, a Mr. So, if we wanted to dip our toe even further into the philosophical pool this morning, we could wonder what an egg topper has to do with things being male or female, but I feel that may land us in weird territory.
This sandwich is essentially a super fancy ham and cheese sandwich. If a ham and cheeser rings your bell, than I say treat yourself to this classed up version. You can find this recipe in the most recent issue of the EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine. It is listed as Croque Monsieur. The only changes I made were to make it a "Madame" with the egg, and instead of using swiss cheese, I opted for gruyere.
This only takes a few minutes longer to prepare than your average cold ham and cheese sandwich, due to the speed of broiling, so why not treat yourself and your family to something extra sassy this weekend. I say, eat it which ever meal you choose! You deserve something this tasty. You survived another long week! Enjoy!
Link to EveryDay with Rachael Ray's Croque Monsieur Recipe