Introducing a delightful breakfast treat – the Baked Toast Cup filled with ham and egg, crowned with a simple cheese sauce. This muffin tin version of Croque Madame, a famous French grilled cheese sandwich, offers a wonderful way to savor your leftover Christmas ham. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy name; this recipe is incredibly easy to make.
Speaking of Christmas leftovers, ham always seems to reign supreme in my household. Each year, my thoughtful mother packs up a generous portion of ham in our leftover care package. While I secretly covet more turkey, gravy, and potatoes, I often get scolded like an 8-year-old for not sharing with my siblings. Determined not to let any ham go to waste, I diligently try to use it up before resorting to freezing the remainder. My go-to options include classic dishes like frittatas, ham and egg fry-ups, and baked casseroles – any recipe I’d typically prepare with bacon.
However, my absolute favorite way to enjoy ham is through the indulgence of Croque Madame – a French classic elevated with a rich béchamel sauce. A little while ago, I stumbled upon a fun twist on this classic by watching Rachel Khoo’s show, “Little Paris Kitchen.” Rachel has a talent for reinventing traditional French dishes with a creative touch. The result was this marvelous muffin tin version of Croque Madame, which I am thrilled to share with you.
Making these delicious cups is a breeze. Start by trimming the crust off large white sandwich bread and then flattening it with a rolling pin before fitting it into Texas (large) muffin tins. Next, add a layer of ham, crack an egg on top, and generously drizzle with béchamel sauce – a simple combination of melted butter, flour, and milk for thickening. To complete the ensemble, sprinkle a dash of cheese and bake until the eggs reach your desired level of doneness – approximately 18 minutes for a runny yolk or 23 minutes for a firm one.
Before signing off for Christmas, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for tuning into RecipeTin Eats! Your support and enthusiasm are what inspire me to continue blogging and why I cherish every moment of it. Thank you, and I wish you a wonderful holiday season!