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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Croque Madame Breakfast Lasagna

Croque madame inspired lasagna is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Bonus: it's also a great way to use leftover ham and hard boiled eggs from Easter!

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close up slice of croque madame lasagna with layers of cheese, white sauce, eggs and ham



       Layers of creamy Dijon spiked beschamel with pasta, ham, eggs and cheese. It is a luxurious and fun twist on the classic French sandwich. It is hearty, delicious and can be assembled ahead of time too!


       I'm about to let you in on a little secret. It's a little embarrassing, so let's try to keep it between us.

        I've never actually had a croque madame.  It's true. I'm glad I got that off my chest.

skillet full of beschamel with some Dijon mustard


       But that doesn't keep me from loving the combination of flavors. It just means there are no French bistros in my neck of the woods and I haven't made one for myself yet.

        Instead I have made a nice little portfolio of options inspired by the sandwich. There's the croque madame pizza that is absolutely delicious.

        Or if you are looking for a more elegant brunch option, there's the croque madame waffle. It is easy to make in batches, so a perfect option for Easter or Mother's Day brunch.

eggs ham and cheese over layers of lasagna noodles in a pan


       Now I am adding lasagna to my repertoire. This is a great assemble ahead version that can be baked off whenever you are ready.

       There is also the added benefit that it uses some of the ingredients a lot of us are about to have in spades.

       If you have never spiked your beschamel with Dijon mustard, you are missing out. I am not a huge mustard fan, but it was love at first bite for me.

       The creamy sauce is the perfect base for loads of melted gruyere and ham. Yummmy!

      In order to get the egg portion of the croque madame, I decided to go with hard boiled eggs. That allowed me to use some of my stash while also keeping serving easy.

hard boiled eggs, partially peeled in front of Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker


      I used my new Hamilton Beach egg cooker to get the perfect hard boiled eggs. That thing is going to come in handy when it's time to prep eggs for dying eggs too!

      If you are a runny yolk person like me, don't despair. I have an option for you too.

     Just make a croque monsieur version of the lasagna without the eggs. Then top a slice with a perfectly poached egg.

pan of croque madame lasagna fresh from the oven


     Don't worry, the egg cooker has an insert for that too. Just add the correct amount of water and the machine will buzz when the yolk is cooked to your liking!

      If you don't have leftover ham around, slices of ham lunch meat work too. I made this several time and have used both with yummy results!

slice of croque madame lasagna made with shaved ham and topped with scallions


      Have you ever made a breakfast lasagna? I'd love to hear about it along with your best tips for using up Easter leftovers.



croque madame lasagna, brunch lasagna, breakfast lasagna, white lasagna
breakfast, brunch, dinner
American
Yield: 12 servings
Author:

Croque Madame Breakfast Lasagna

Croque madame inspired lasagna is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Bonus: it's also a great way to use leftover ham and hard boiled eggs from Easter!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 65 M

ingredients:

  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 12 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 pound ham, shaved or cubed
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups shredded gruyere cheese

instructions:

How to cook Croque Madame Breakfast Lasagna

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9x13" pan.
  2. In a large skillet or saucepan, melt the butter.  Add the flour and cook over medium heat for a minute or two, stirring frequently. You don't want it to take on color, just cook the flour flavor out.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk while stirring. Continue stirring frequently until the mixture starts to bubble and thicken. Season with salt and pepper and stir in Dijon mustard.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the lasagna noodles to al dente according to the directions on the box and drain. 
  5. Spread about 1/4 of the sauce on the bottom of the pan.  Then put a layer of 4 lasagna noodles.  Top 1/4 more of the sauce and half of the ham and sliced hard boiled eggs. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese. 
  6. Repeat that layer using  4 more lasagna noodles, 1/4 more of the sauce and the remaining ham and eggs and a bit more cheese. 
  7. Place the last layer of pasta, the remaining sauce and the rest of the cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more. The lasagna should be bubbly and the cheese a light golden color.  (If you assembled ahead of time, you may want to add a few minutes to the baking time.)
  8. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes and then serve. 
Calories
404.16
Fat (grams)
21.51
Sat. Fat (grams)
10.63
Carbs (grams)
25.34
Fiber (grams)
1.26
Net carbs
24.07
Sugar (grams)
1.24
Protein (grams)
26.39
Sodium (milligrams)
724.21
Cholesterol (grams)
246.96
Created using The Recipes Generator





slice of croque madame lasagna with egg cooker in background


Croque madame inspired lasagna is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Bonus: it's also a great way to use leftover ham and hard boiled eggs from Easter!


5 comments:

  1. I love the idea of having the poached egg on top. Yum!!

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  2. I usually just do ham and a potato thing with a vegetable. This recipe will be great for that leftover ham! Thanks!

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    1. I love doing ham and potatoes too! I hope this gives you another tool in your leftover ham toolbox!

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  3. I usually just do ham and a potato thing with a vegetable. This recipe will be great for that leftover ham! Thanks!

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