The classic French croque madame — a ham-and-cheese sandwich, covered with a creamy béchamel and topped with a fried egg — is one of the most perfect meals out there.
But when you want to stray a little from tradition, make this version, which adds a healthy dose of spinach to the béchamel and swaps smoked salmon for the requisite ham.
One of the crucial ways this version deviates from the standard croque madame is you don't add the béchamel to the top of the sandwich; instead it acts as a filling.
Layer the spinach béchamel in between two slices of hearty rye (or sourdough) bread, along with slices of smoked salmon. Butter both outer sides of the assembled sandwich and fry it in a medium-hot skillet until golden. Finish with a fried egg on top and you've got a delicious twist on a classic.
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