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Croque Madame Air Fryer Recipe

Yields4 Servings

A croque madame is a more indulgent take on the classic croque monsieur toasted sandwich. It’s kind of like a breakfast muffin made with slices of bread moulded into a muffin shape before being filled with a variety of fillings. Here, we’re using a breakfast/brunch filling of ham, cheese and spinach. They can be prepared in advance and cooked when needed, making them an ideal breakfast standby or dinner party appetizer.

 4 slices of white bread (pre-sliced grocery store bread works best)
 ½ cup (50g) of butter, melted
 4 pieces of good quality ham
 4 medium eggs
 ¼ up (50g) of butter
  cup (50g) of all-purpose flour
 1 cup (200 ml) of whole milk
 ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
 2 handfuls of spinach, washed
 ½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
 ¼ cup (50g) of ricotta cheese
 salt & pepper

Place ¼ cup of butter in a saucepan and melt.


Add the flour and stir to form a paste (roux).


Slowly add the milk and whisk until smooth. Add the Dijon mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.


Finally, stir in the ricotta and set to one side to cool.


Heat a fresh pan until very hot, then add the handfuls of spinach followed by a drop of water. Stir rapidly to wilt the spinach - it will wilt very quickly. Remove the spinach from the pan and drain off any excess moisture using a kitchen towel. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside to cool.



Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (180°C).


Remove the crusts from the bread and use a rolling pin - or even better, a pasta roller - to flatten the bread until very thin.


Use the melted butter to brush both sides of the bread, and to brush the insides of the pudding moulds/ramekins. Push a slice of buttered bread into each of the tins/ramekins, tucking in the corners.


Next, wrap a slice of ham around the inside of the bread to form a ring.


Crack an egg into each of the moulds. If your eggs are large you may need to discard some of the white.


Top each egg with a little wilted spinach, followed by a spoonful of the sauce mixture.


Carefully transfer the croque madames to the air fryer pan and bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Servings 4