Bread, ham, cheese, and butter… a simple list for a scrumptious dish! You can also add your own twist depending on what you’re in the mood for. Try adding spinach, tomatoes, or some lovely Quebec cheese (think, Oka, Pied-de-Vent, Le Noble). You could even use your leftover raclette cheese. Bon appetit!
Oui, oui madame!
After a well-deserved sleep-in, treat yourself to a brunch fit for a king… and queen! Whip up a delicious croque madame and serve it with a light salad. Wondering what exactly is a croque madame? It’s a traditional croque monsieur, but topped with an egg. Easy, breezy, and delicious!
A bit of sauce with that?
Some croque monsieur recipes call for a drizzle of béchamel sauce. This decadent and rich version is definitely worth a taste! Simply spread the sauce over your slice of bread, then layer with ham and cheese. Bake in the oven at 200°C (400°F) until cheese is melted and golden brown.
What to drink with your croque monsieur ham-cheese?
For a laid-back lunch, opt for Mott’s Clamato Caesar Original vodka-based ready-to-drink. It boasts all the spicy, herby, and acidic flavours found in a traditional Bloody Caesar—one of the most famous cocktails in Canada!
What to drink with your mini-croque-monsieur?
With their lower alcohol content, ciders pair perfectly with lighter meals, such as brunch. You can’t go wrong with this Domaine de Lavoie cider, which offers the freshness needed to balance out the salinity of this dish. Its fresh apple notes are echoed in the recipe, adding pleasant hoppy and floral accents to its aromatic profile.
What to drink with your croque-madame?
A sparkling rosé with fine bubbles and notes of red berries, like Mumm Napa Rosé, would make the perfect brunch-time drink! Just dry enough and refreshing enough to balance out the fattiness of the melted cheese, the buttered bread and the egg.
Photos: Ariel Tarr