Celebrate mom with a brunch spread featuring the savory Croque Madame

May is a time to honor our mothers. Now more than ever, we like to take every opportunity to celebrate the ones we love—whatever the occasion!

Recipe writer Tracey Koch themed this month’s recipes around celebrating moms and the fun family trips we all remember. While we may not be able to travel as much as we would like at the moment, Tracey created a menu for mom that will whisk you away to a classic French bistro.

She crafted a luncheon menu that starts with a French 75 cocktail and ends with a show-stopping sweet pastry, the Napoleon.

But first up is the savory main course: the Croque Madame with a side of Spring Greens drizzled in French Vinaigrette. This decadent, hot ham-and-cheese sandwich is so delicious, you will think there is much more to making such a casual, hearty dish than there actually is. The sandwiches are topped with a creamy bechamel sauce and broiled to a golden brown. The difference between the Croque Madame and the Croque Monsieur is that the Madame is served with a lovely fried egg on top. (Tracey went that route for her take.)

Read on for the main course recipe here, which appeared in the May 2021 issue of 225. Find the rest of the recipes here.