What to do with leftover cubed bread the day after a cheese fondue? (Cheese fondue is a Swiss dish where cubes of bread are dipped into melted cheese.) My mom suggested making a bread soup. However, my kids groaned. “Awwww. Noooo. Not soup again!!” (I do make a lot of soups to smuggle veggies into them.) So, I decided NOT to make the bread soup. Then, I stumbled upon a recipe for a croque madame casserole…bread, ham, cheese. My kids would love this!
A croque monsieur is basically a grilled ham and cheese sandwich—but leave it to the French to make even a ham and cheese sandwich sound classy. Croquer means to crunch and monsieur means mister. The sandwich originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack. A croque monsieur served with a fried or poached egg on top is known as a croque madame. (In the United States, the Monte Cristo, a ham-and-cheese sandwich often dipped in egg and fried, is similar.)
The croque madame casserole recipe had the eggs served on top. However, I decide to change the recipe up a bit to smuggle the eggs into my picky eaters without them even noticing it. I did this by integrating the eggs into the casserole instead of putting them on top.
Here’s what I did.
Although the bread was a day old, my very conscientious husband had gone to many efforts to keep it fresh by keeping it in a Ziploc bag. So, I spread the cubes out on a baking tray, heated the oven to 200 Â°C (400 Â°F), then turned it off and placed the bread in there for an hour or so.
I mixed my bread and ham in a casserole dish (which realized afterward I should have prebuttered). Then, I poured the milk and eggs over it and let it sit while I prepared the sauce.
I made a roux using the butter and flour. Then, I added mustard, cheese, milk, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
I poured the sauce over the bread mixture and topped it with some more cheese. Then I baked it.
And the boys said:
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An easy bread, ham, cheese, and egg casserole that the kids will love. Great to make with leftover bread.