I know, I know, everyone and their dog is all abuzz over Lady Dimitrescu and honestly, I think it’s rightfully so. She’s one of a handful of unique characters introduced in the newest Resident Evil and she was the one we all got to fall in love with first. Not to mention she’s positively fabulous in every way possible. A vainglorious and gorgeous nine foot tall patrician vampire? What’s NOT to like? What I’m getting at here is that I loved her so much I made a gosh darn Backlog Bistro for her and I gotta say I feel pretty darn ok about it! So, I present to you my Lady Dimitrescu inspired Extra Thicc Croque Madame and Blood Orange Mimosa. I hope you enjoy!
It takes more than just hopes and dreams of imposing vampiresses to make something delicious, so here’s what you need to get started!
- 1 Tbsp of butter (plus more for toasting your bread)
- 1 Tbsp of flour
- ¾ cups of milk (I used 1% but whatever you have is fine)
- ¼ tsp of nutmeg ( it sounds weird but trust me)
- ¼ cup grated parmesan (NOT THE GREEN SHAKER KIND!!)
- 1 ½ cups of grated Gruyere cheese (6 oz block)*
- 1 lb of thick sliced ham (I used a boneless honey ham I cut myself, again use whatever you have/like)
- 1 loaf of Italian Bread sliced thick (you’ll need 4 slices to make 2 sandwiches)
- Dijon mustard
- 2 large eggs
* If you can’t find Gruyere, Swiss works too.
- Fresh blood oranges (4 oranges for 2 drinks)
Now that we know what we need, let’s dive into what we actually have to do to make this tastey mademoiselle sing!
- Preheat your oven to 400 ℉
- Butter both sides of your bread and toast it until nice and golden (about 8 minutes)
- Make the bechamel sauce by melting the butter and stirring in the flour. Stir for about a minute until it’s smooth then add the milk. Don’t stop whisking until it gets nice and thick. Remove from heat and stir in a hefty pinch of salt, nutmeg, all the parmesan, and ¼ cup of the gruyere.
- Take your toasty bread and spread some mustard on one side of each piece. Layer on the ham, nice and tall just like our beloved big lady. Pile about a ½ cup of gruyere between the two sandwiches and top with the other bread slice.
- Smear the thick layer of your bechamel sauce over the top of your sandwich. Just enough to cover the top slice of bread and then sprinkle any remaining cheese on top.
- Crank the broiler on your oven to high and then watch…those…sandwiches!!! They will go from perfectly bubbly to inedible charcoal faster than Ethan Winters takes down an angry goat with a rocket launcher!
- While you are watching your sandwiches like a hawk in the oven (YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!) fry up two eggs in a skillet. I chose sunny side up eggs because that’s how I like my eggs and it takes a nice looking picture. You can cook your egg however you like. You’ll get no judgement from me.
- Top your lightly browned sandwiches with your egg and proceed to drown in a delightful pool of toasty cheesy happiness!
- Squeeze the juice from about 4 blood oranges.
- Pour ½ cup (4 oz) of Prosecco into a wine glass and top with half the juice (about 2 oz)
And there you have it my dear readers. A thick and rich homage to everyone’s new favorite substantially statured woman. Paired of course with a tangy drink to help temper all that deliciousness. As always if you have any questions or concerns feel free to shoot me a message on the ole Twitter machine. Enjoy your tantalizing brunch-tastic meal!