My love for sandwiches is newfound. Many of my more difficult years were spent complaining about the dry, boringness of a ham sandwich in my lunch box. I grew up in a house where sandwich bread was the grainiest, thickest, wheat bread possible. You could build a house out of that stuff. It was less than appetizing. In fact, I had a friend in the neighborhood who exclusively ate bologna sandwiches on soft potato bread that was forbidden in our household. I would sometimes appear at her house around lunch time, hoping to be invited to stay for one of those coveted bologna sandwiches, or maybe for a toaster strudel. My sandwich game was lacking. I couldn’t understand the deliciousness of mustard, and I still do not understand mayonnaise.
The first sandwich I loved and understood was a Croque Madame. Really it understood me. No mayo, no mustard, just a creamy bechamel sauce, plus ham, cheese and an egg. This was the sandwich that changed my mind about all other sandwiches. There didn’t have to be rules or traditional toppings. If it has something between two slices of bread, it will pass as a sandwich!
But then what if you filled that sandwich with jam? Would it then become a hybrid Croque Madame-Monte Cristo Sandwich? YES. No frying necessary. It’s the perfect marriage of two of the best sandwiches around. Let’s get started on this recipe!
Spread your jam on one slice of bread and your boursin on another. I chose to use boursin instead of bechamel because it’s so much easier and so fewer pans to clean. Plus it keeps the creamy cheese thing going on.
Then layer on your sliced cheese. You could also use shredded.
Add your ham slices.
Spread some butter on the top and start grilling! Let it get nice and crispy on both sides and make sure all the lovely cheese is melted.
I used pepper jam from Trader Joe’s on one of my sandwiches and blackberry jam on the other. I liked blackberry best.
Top it with an egg and use a fork and knife to eat it! Breaking the yolk is the best part. See the full recipe below.
- 2 slices of sourdough
- 3 slices of ham
- 1-2 slices of sliced aged cheddar
- 1 tbsp boursin cheese
- 1 tbsp jam
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 egg
- To assemble your sandwiches, spread one slice of bread on one side with jam and on the other slice of bread, spread the boursin. To one side, layer first the cheese then the ham slices. Put the final slice of bread on top. Spread the top of the sandwich with 1 tbsp butter.
- In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tbsp butter. Grill the sandwich, butter side up, for about 3 minutes. Flip and grill on the other side for 3 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
- In the same pan, add the remaining butter over medium-low heat. Crack the egg into the pan and fry until the whites are set and no longer runny. Top the sandwich with the fried egg and serve with a fork and knife.