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Croque Madame Verte

A Croque Monseuir is a famous French sandwich made of ham and cheese grilled to wonderful meltedness. Add an egg on top and its so great it’s called a Madame, something we just ate at a wonderful French breakfast place in Seattle – Cafe Presse, 1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122-4415.

A croque – either Mr. or Mrs. – has the classic combo: ham and cheese. What if we don’t want to eat process meat products, or meat in general? Steuart sautéed onions, tomatoes, peppers and mushroom with some fresh herbs just coming up in the garden and put these in the center of a pair of toasted breads – toasted on one side then turned to the interior. Then he put this in our waffle iron to make very crispy on the outside and melt the cheese he’d put inside. When it was done, he grated Parmesan cheese on the outside and slid it into the oven to crisp that wonderful cheese. He turned to poaching the eggs. Not necessary, but an egg on top just makes it the perfect brunch. Voila.

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