There's almost nothing better than a classic ham and cheese sandwich...unless it's topped with a fried egg. When it comes to comfort food, the croque-madame (or monsieur, if you omit the egg) might be the pinnacle example. The richness of the Mornay sauce, saltiness of the ham, and the gooey egg yolk combine perfectly to create an exceptionally rich meal. I'm clearly not a big believer in New Year's diets and I can't think of a better way to celebrate a cold January morning than with one of these sandwiches (recipe
), preferably washed down with a Bloody Mary.