Ham, Cheese and Fried Egg Panini
This panini was inspired by the classic French croque madame—a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich served with a fried egg on top. In our version, we grill the sandwiches, then tuck a fried egg inside each one, along with some dressed salad greens. Serve with French fries (see related recipe at left).
- 1 tsp. plus 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
- 12 oz. thinly sliced Black Forest ham
- 4 baguette pieces, each 6 inches long, halved horizontally
- 8 oz. Gruyère cheese, grated
- 2 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. minced shallot
- 1/2 tsp. honey
- 2 tsp. Champagne vinegar
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 cups mixed salad greens
- 4 eggs
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh chives
Preheat an electric panini press on the “panini” setting according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
In a large nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the 1 tsp. vegetable oil. Working in batches, brown the ham slices, turning once, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a plate.
Lay the baguette pieces, cut side up, on a work surface. Sprinkle about 1 oz. cheese on each bottom half and arrange the ham on top, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Spread 2 tsp. mustard on the top half of each baguette, then cover each sandwich with a top half. Place 2 sandwiches on the preheated panini press, close the lid, and cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the shallot, honey and vinegar. Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Add the salad greens and toss to coat well.
In a large fry pan over medium-low heat, warm the 1 Tbs. vegetable oil. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook until the whites turn opaque, about 1 minute. Gently turn the eggs over and cook for 1 minute more. Open the sandwiches and top each with 1 egg. Sprinkle with the chives. Arrange the dressed salad greens on top, dividing evenly. Close the sandwiches and serve immediately. Serves 4.