531 Fewer Calories
40 g Less Fat
2/3 cup reduced-fat milk
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Jarlsberg cheese
Pinch grated nutmeg
Pinch cayenne pepper
16 thin asparagus spears
3 tablespoons honey mustard
4 (1-ounce) slices whole-grain peasant bread, toasted
4 thin slices low-sodium Black Forest ham
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Whisk together the milk and flour in a small saucepan until smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Cover and set aside.
Put the asparagus and 3 tablespoons of water in a glass pie plate. Cover loosely with wax paper and microwave on High until the asparagus are tender-crisp and bright green, 1 – 2 minutes.
Preheat the broiler.
Spread the mustard evenly on the slices of toast. Layer each slice evenly with the ham; top each with 4 asparagus spears. Top evenly with the sauce. Place the sandwiches on a baking sheet and broil 4 – 6 inches from the heat until the sauce is bubbly and browned in spots, about 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium heat. Crack the eggs into the skillet. Pour 3 tablespoons of water around the eggs. Cover and cook until the whites have set but the yolks are still soft, 2 – 3 minutes. Top each sandwich with an egg. Sprinkle with the pepper and chives and serve at once.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Per Serving (1 open-faced sandwich): 258 Cal; 22 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 21 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 6 g Sugar; 213 mg Calcium; 4 mg Iron; 684 mg Sodium; 262 mg Cholesterol
Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Croque Madame
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of the Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm