Another sandwich recipe? Really? Yeah, we still got a lot of protein bread in the freezer. Peruvians took the French classics croque monsieur and croque madame and made the poor person’s versions mixto and mixto completo. These generally contain jamón inglés (regular leg ham) and Edam cheese. The completo (equivalent to the croque madame) has a fried egg. These are normally buttered and put in a sandwich press. Another option is to heat it on a flat grill iron (or pan). When using this method, it’s common to cut a whole on the top slice of bread with a small glass or cookie cutter and pour the egg in the hole. We took the lazy route: toasted the bread in a regular toaster and melted the cheese in the pan where the eggs were cooking.
Yield: 1 sandwich
- 2 slices protein bread
- 2 slices double-smoked ham
- hard cheese, to taste (Parmesan, Pecorino or aged tasty work well)
- 1 egg
- fat of choice
- salt and pepper
- Fry the egg and season with salt and pepper. When it’s about halfway done, drop the cheese in the same pan to melt it.
- Toast the bread and make a sandwich with the cheese, ham and egg.