I can still remember having this for the first time in Paris as a kid. After tasting it, I made my parents have lunch at the same place for a week.

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Serves 4

2 tablespoons butter

1 1⁄2 tablespoons plain flour

1 cup warm milk

salt & pepper, to taste

8 thick slices of good bread

8 slices ham

4 oz grated Gruyère cheese

4 fried eggs, sunny side up

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan and add the flour.
  3. Stir for about a minute, but don’t let the flour go dark.
  4. Add the milk, a little at a time, stirring until you have a smooth sauce. If it’s too thick, just add some more milk.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place 4 slices of bread on a baking tray covered with parchment paper.
  7. Add some sauce, ham, cheese, and another piece of bread.
  8. Bake in the oven until golden.
  9. Serve hot with a fried egg on top.


Photography by Susanna Blaavarg

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