Hello Peeps! I wanted to share the “Ah Ha” moment I had while watching “Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo” on The Cooking Channel.
Rachel shared the simplest recipe for a Croque Madame Muffin that I just had to try. Her recipe calls for ham, eggs, melted butter, homemade béchamel sauce, cheese and sliced white bread (yes, plain-old sliced white bread). This cute and simple recipe inspired me to walk right into my kitchen and whip-up some Muffins. Unfortunately, I didn’t have ham or much time to make béchamel sauce.
What I did have was 2 eggs that expired the following day and a few pieces of Canadian bacon…ah ha, works for me!
I pulled out my muffin pan from the oven, grabbed the 2 lonely eggs from the fridge and put some Café Bustelo in the coffee maker to brew.
20 minutes later (10 minutes prep, 10 minutes in the oven) and voilà, remixed Croque Madame Muffins! I had to use a few substitutes but Rachel’s recipe definitely showed me how turn breakfast essentials into something pretty and semi-Parisian.
What I Used
- 2 eggs
- 2 pinches of salt
- 2 pinches of ground black pepper
- 4 slices of white bread
- 1/3 cup of melted butter
- 4 slices of Canadian bacon
- 4 teaspoons of grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
- cupcake/muffin pan (or ramekins)
- 2 eggs – scramble lightly, add salt and pepper
- 4 slices of white bread – remove crusts from slices. Using a rolling pin slightly flatten the bread
- 1/3 cup of melted butter – using a brush, slightly spread melted butter on both slides of bread slices
- Place individuals slices of bread in muffin pan or ramekins
- Layer bread with Canadian bacon
- Then, evenly distribute eggs by pouring over bacon
- Finish by sprinkling grated cheese to top off muffins
- Do a final brush of melted butter on the ends of bread slices
- Bake in the oven for 300° for 10-15 minutes
- Remove from oven. Remove muffins from pan (if ramekins used, leave in and let cool) and plate
- If you like your food to look pretty like I do, garnish muffins with a sprinkle of parsley!
These little bits of goodness might have been the easiest, fancy-looking breakfast/brunch I’ve ever made. The Hun cleaned his plate, so I guess I’ll be making them again very soon.