Classic croque madames are French ham and cheese sandwiches, toasted and topped with béchamel sauce and fried eggs, a perfect bistro lunch or late-night snack. But shrunk down to one-bite size, croque madames become fabulous dainty appetizers for a cocktail party or daytime reception. Instead of frying each sandwich individually the traditional way, use the oven to first toast the bread, then heat up the ham and béchamel and melt the cheese for a whole tray of sandwiches at one time. Cut them into bite-sized portions and top with tiny fried quail eggs for an irresistible little bite that’ll get all your guests talking.
What to buy: Quail eggs can be found at well-stocked grocery stores, usually with the other eggs.