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A croque madame in a muffin tin? Sounds too good to not photograph and send your friends.

There’s nothing like simple French food cooked in a tiny Paris kitchen, which is why we’re loving cooking our way through Rachel Khoo’s aptly named Little Paris Kitchen. Just because the French don’t “do brunch” like we do doesn’t mean a great weekend breakfast can’t get a little fancy. Next up, Croque Madame Muffins.

Croque Monsieur is essentially a toasted cheese and ham sandwich. Put a fried egg on top and you’ve got a Croque Madame (the egg is supposed to resemble a lady’s hat). What makes the difference between a toasted cheese and ham sandwich and a Croque Monsieur is the cheese — in a Croque Monsieur it comes in the form of a creamy cheese sauce. And boy, does this make a difference!

My version of Croque Madame uses the bread as a muffin cup to contain the delicious cheese sauce and egg. Great as a snack, or have it with a green salad and fries, as they serve it in French cafés.