This sandwich has always seemed a bit over the top for someone committed to making Healthy Choices. However, when Cooking Light shared a Melty Monsieur recipe…that got me thinking. Three of my favorite food groups are in play with our Lightened Up Croque Madame sandwich.
To lighten up our Croque Madame I used Canadian Bacon. For my calorie counting friends I’m sure you’re all over this low-cal ingredient. Three slices = 60 calories. Bam! You’ve just become part of the starting lineup.
I paired the Canadian bacon with Lacey Swiss and Nature’s Own 40 calorie bread, two additional figure friendly choices. Traditionally Croque Madame and Croque Monsieur sandwiches are topped with a béchamel sauce. To keep it light, I skipped the béchamel and instead dipped it in beaten egg white and milk and skillet browned before baking. This way I got to incorporate a favorite French toast element. Adding the fried egg on top is what takes a Monsieur to a Madame and grabs your attention. Love.
Lightened Up Croque Madame
- 4 slices Nature’s Own Bread 40 calories per slice
- 6 slices Canadian bacon 3.5 ounces
- 2 ounces Lacey Swiss Cheese about 4 thin slices
- 2 Tbl. honey mustard
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 2 Tbl. milk
- 1 Tbl. butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat egg whites and milk in a shallow dish.
- Assemble sandwiches by spreading honey mustard on bread slices. Place 3 slices of Canadian bacon and a slice of Swiss cheese on slice of bread, top with second bread slice. Dip each sandwich in egg white/milk mixture, turning to coat both sides.
- Melt butter in skillet and pan brown both sides of each sandwich. Top each sandwich with a second slice of Swiss cheese and bake for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, spray skillet with cooking spray and fry eggs. To serve, top each sandwich with fried egg.