The Deen Bros. Lighter Asparagus Croque Madame

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By Bobby and Jamie Deen

531 Fewer Calories
40 g Less Fat

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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.

Servings: 4
Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

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

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
Gladys Rainesl in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

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in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
Patricia in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am