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A “Croque Madame” sandwich sounds fancy schmancy and difficult to make but with my recipe it’s super easy to make and ridiculously delicious! Just 6 ingredients and you have a total ‘WOW’ meal!
Anytime I hear well, anything French, I think about my high school French teacher – Mrs. E. She was one of those ‘cool’ teachers in school that let you be a free spirit in class, pass notes and even ‘share’ answers. She would take our desks and put them all in a circle so we could have one large discussion. The only rule was you were not allowed to speak in English at all. Anything you said had to be in French and had to be correct. Now when you’re a Freshman you learned the important things – “can I go to the bathroom? I need to see the nurse. I don’t understand” and with that she worked with you. But by senior year you had to speak French as well as well, a native French person. Lord help you if you forgot one of those important things like “I have to go to the bathroom”. LOL
One thing Mrs. E shared with us with her love of France was her love of French foods. We’d often have ‘French food days’ in class where we’d all pitch in and she’d bring in homemade French foods or better yet, make them in class. She’d make crepes, chocolate bread sandwiches, escargot – yes she fed high school students snails (and they rocked!) and then she made us Croque Madames.
Now if you’ve never had croque madame or even heard of one all you need to know is that they are AMAZING and you need it in your life ASAP! Now I’ll get into what goes into these beauties but when I tell you that you need one in your life/belly trust me on this.
Get your fancy schmancy on with this seriously delicious sandwich!
So my butcher had a killer sale on their boneless beef short ribs. Now, while I’m not a big beef fan, I absolutely LOVE beef short ribs. I mean just look at how I turned these babies one time into made them in an Osso Buco manner. LOVED LOVED LOVED this dish!
It was hot out and with my HVAC still not working I wanted these bad boys but didn’t want to have to turn on the oven. <Enter one of my 9 crock pots… yes 9> I opted to make this into a shredded beef type way that I could easily adapt into various meals.
Tonight we went with BBQ sliders with one of the best bacon bbq sauces ever! It’s borderline spicy but has that killer bacon undertone followed by sweet bbq sauce.
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There are days when I crave stuff that isn’t chocolate (I know, right?! How is that possible???). I was craving caramelized onions in the worst way. Which is odd considering up to a year ago I would rather cut off my own arm that put an onion in my mouth! LOL Now I love ’em. Well Mr. Fantabulous had been on my case to make him a batch of my Triple Boozy Brownies. Now these things are probably the best brownie I make but they are also the hardest ones I make. They are a true labor of love to say the least. They take almost 12 hours to make from start to finish. Yes, 12 hours (and yes this includes chilling time as well). Well in making them I had some Guinness left over and since I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate beer I had to use it in cooking. As I was saying I wanted caramelized onions. So I started them in the pan and as they got soft I decided to do a slow reduction of the beer with them.
As they cooked down and got all caramelized and luscious I then had to figure out what to do with them. Since I had just gone to the butcher’s shop and picked up some of the most amazing fresh roast beef that they make in house a panini was in order. As this was grilling in the panini press the sounds of the butter sizzling and the juices from the onions and beef were hissing on the grill. The cheese got all ooey gooey and the bread super crispy and yummy.
A few weeks ago while I was supply shopping with my girlfriend, we both bought a package of pre-made frozen grilled flatbreads. Yeah yeah yeah, I know. shame on me. Every once in a while I need a break and since I’m the only one that eats these in my house, I’ll give in from time to time and let someone else take the reigns.
Now these weren’t expensive – maybe $7 for 12 but still… 7 bucks is 7 bucks.
Well this bothered me after I got home.. I hate ‘wasting’ money when I know I can make it cheaper and 10 bajillion times better.
So that Sunday I set out to make my own. I knew how to make them and had made them before but I only ever did it on a bbq and since Mr. Fantabulous and I HIGHLY disgaree about my getting a new bbq, I quit making these. Yes.. I protested making something that only *I* eat… yeah, not so genius there, huh? LOL
I mixed up the dough, rolled these puppies out when it was time and then broke out my cast iron indoor griddle pan. *Seriously LOVE that thing though it’s a PITA to clean!*
Depending on what part of the country, or world, you’re from these things are called various names. I’ve heard “Subs, Submarines, Hoagies, Grinders, Hero, Italian Sandwich, Torpedo, Blimpie, Po’ Boy and Rocket” just to name a few. However you call it, I’m talking about those luxurious sandwiches full of meats and cheeses then wedged into this chewy, soft bread roll.
At first cut, the bread insides are so soft and billowy. It’s as it it’s held together by pockets of air and strands of sweet dough. Mmmm…
Well, now you no longer have to order out or buy them at the bakery. These are SUPER simple to make and oh-so-good!