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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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm