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Ham, creamed spinach and cheese over toast – all topped with an egg. A perfect breakfast or brunch recipe!





I have the best mom. Seriously. I mean, how many people can say that their mom is also one of their best friends? My mom is one of the most hard working people that I know. She has always been such an example to me of what kind of mother I want to be to my children.

Growing up, I can never remember my mom raising her voice. Not once. I never got grounded. The only time I ever remember being spanked was by a babysitter. My mom had this special trick that I really wish I could figure out. All of us kids never wanted to disappoint her by misbehaving or doing something we shouldn’t be doing. Just knowing that she was disappointed was the worst punishment we could ever have. And I think that we all turned out pretty well, so she had something going there!!

I won’t be making breakfast for my mom this Mother’s Day, but if you are still looking for an idea for breakfast tomorrow – or if you need a recipe to pass onto your husband to make for you! :) – this one is a real winner. I may be biased because I have a thing for creamed spinach, and I have a thing for eggs- especially with a runny center. I gobbled this right up, and I’m thinking that I may just want my husband serving this to me in bed tomorrow!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mothers out there!



Creamed Spinach Croques Madame

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Creamed Spinach Croques Madame

Ham, creamed spinach and cheese over toast - all topped with an egg. A perfect breakfast or brunch recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 box (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach
  • 4 thick hand-cut slices good-quality white bread
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 8 thin slices mild ham
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 1/3 pound gruyere cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Defrost the spinach in the microwave, then wring it completely dry in a kitchen towel. Spread it out, separating the spinach bits with your fingers.
  2. Arrange the bread on the baking sheet. Spread the bread slices with the mustard, then top each with 2 slices ham.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook until the sauce is thickened enough to coat a spoon, a couple of minutes. Add the spinach.
  4. Spoon the sauce evenly over the ham. Top the spinach with an even layer of cheese and bake until brown, 10 minutes. Cook the eggs any style (we like ours over easy). Place 1 egg on top of each croque.

Notes

Note In the magazine, they called these Croques Monsieurs, but I thought that when you add the egg, it turns into a Madame. So, I changed the name!

**adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray May 2011

http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/saturdays-with-rachael-ray-creamed-spinach-croques-madam/

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10 Responses to Creamed Spinach Croques Madame {Saturdays with Rachael Ray}

  1. Simply Life says:

    oh my gosh! this looks amazing!

  2. Tasha says:

    I don’t like ham so I’ve never been inclined to try a Croques Madame or Monsieurs, but adding creamed spinach makes them totally appealing! I think I’ll make these for my ham loving family and fix myself spinach only version.

  3. Joanne says:

    The creamed spinach is SUCH a nice touch to these croques madame! definitely gives them that little extra oomph to make them special enough to serve to mom!

  4. Mathew says:

    I have never made a Croques Madame or Monsieurs but have wanted to. Maybe I will have to try this one.

  5. I love the idea of adding spinach to a croque madame! And, the egg spilling over the edge in the photo looks incredible.

  6. teresa says:

    your mom sounds so sweet! what a great tribute. and oh my gosh, how good does that breakfast sammie (as rachel would call it) look. LOVE the spinach.

  7. Katrina says:

    Beautiful recipe. This sounds so tasty and is perfect for a weekend brunch!

  8. Katie says:

    Aw, Moms are the best! :)

  9. keersten says:

    That looks so good. I have never tried creamed spinach, but I love a good croque madam.

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