Croque madames, French ham and cheese sandwiches that are toasted and topped with béchamel sauce and fried eggs, work just as well as dainty appetizers. Instead of frying each sandwich individually the traditional way, use the oven to first toast the bread, and then heat up the ham and béchamel and melt the cheese for all of the sandwiches at one time. Cut them into bite-sized portions and top with tiny fried quail eggs for an irresistible appetizer for cocktail parties.
What to buy: Quail eggs can be found at well-stocked grocery stores, usually with the other eggs.
Special equipment: You’ll need a pastry brush for this recipe.