Is it traditional? No! Is it delicious? Hell yeah! Is it for the kiddos? Probably not.
Servings: 4 sandwiches
4 tbsp. butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Havana Lager
1 cup milk
4 slices of bread (I used Zak the Baker country loaf), toasted
2-3 slices swiss cheese
2-3 slices ham
Salt & pepper
- Heat your oven to 450 degrees.
- Making the bechamel: Heat up a saucepan to medium heat and add in butter. Once melted, drop in your flour. Whisk thoroughly and then let it bubble for 2-3 minutes, without letting it brown. Whisking again, add in your beer. Let it bubble for another 3-4 minutes to encourage the alcohol to cook out. Add in milk and whisk again, let bubble for an additional 3 mins. to thicken. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper. Set aside.
- In a baking dish, start with a slice of toasted bread, then layer in ham, cheese, and beer bechamel. Top with second slice of bread, then more bechamel on top. Place in the oven.
- Once the sandwich is looking melted and bubbly, top with parmesan cheese and turn the oven to broil. Place under broiler for a couple of minutes. It might get a little charred around the edges. Adjust broil time to personal preference.
- Start frying your egg however you like it. A poached egg or no egg at all are fine too!
- Take out your sandwich, set it on a plate, top with the egg. Cut in half and eat immediately. Pickles and a little Dijon mustard are all tangy invitees to this party too.