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Gallina de Madre (‘Mother Hen’ Toast)

Gallina de Madre (‘Mother Hen’ Toast)

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  • 2 tablespoons
    unsalted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup
    whole milk
  • 1 cup
    grated Manchego cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons
    prepared horseradish
  • thick slices Italian or French country bread
  • 8-16 
    paper-thin slices Serrano ham (if your slices are on the small side, plan to get 16 slices)
  • eggs
  • fresh sage leaves
    pinch of grated nutmeg
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Make the Manchego bechamel: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes; do not allow mixture to take on any color. Gradually whisk in milk and continue to cook, whisking, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Add cheese and stir for another minute until it is completely melted. Stir in horseradish and nutmeg, season with salt and pepper, and keep warm while you prepare eggs.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange bread on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toast in the oven until barely golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Arrange 1 or 2 slices of ham on each toast slice, forming it into a nest shape with edges high enough to keep the egg from spilling out. Carefully break egg into each nest and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Return baking sheet to oven and bake until eggs are set but yolks are still slightly runny, about 10 minutes.
  4. While eggs bake, heat 1/2 inch of olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add sage leaves and fry until crisp and dark, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Transfer an egg toast to each plate and spoon some of the Manchego bechamel over each. Garnish with fried sage leaf.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 14 servings
  • Calories218
  • Carbohydrates27.0 g
    • Dietary fiber5.7 g
  • Cholesterol94 mg
  • Fat7.7 g
    • Saturated fat3.6 g
  • Sodium350 mg
  • Protein12 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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