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A French classic sandwich that is scrumptious for a brunch but can also be just as good for a light, quick-to-make supper.

Croque Madame Recipe

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Croque Madame - a classic French sandwich topped with béchamel sauce, Gruyere cheese and fried egg, that is scrumptious for a brunch but can also be just as good for a light, quick-to-make supper.
Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Bechamel Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp salt and pepper (adjust to taste)
  • tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese grated

Main Ingredients

  • 8 slices white bread (I used Texas bread)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 ounces Deli ham thinly sliced
  • 2 pcs eggs (large)
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (for toasting the bread)


For Bechamel Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook until lightly golden.
  • Add milk and salt and whisk constantly until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir into the sauce the nutmeg and half the cheese.

Prepare the Sandwich:

  • Preheat the broiler with the rack in the top position. Lay the slices of bread on a baking sheet. Divide the Dijon between 2 slices and top with ham.
  • Put the bechamel sauce between the 2 bread slices and top with cheese. Close the sandwiches.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the sandwiches and cook both sides until bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Return sandwiches to the baking sheet, top with remaining bechamel, and place under the broiler until bubbly ( about 1-2 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, melt remaining 1 tbsp butter in the same skillet over medium heat. Fry eggs, sunny side up, for about 2 minutes or until cook.
  • Top sandwiches with fried egg, season with black pepper, and serve immediately.


1.) Try to choose good quality white bread loaf that are strong enough to hold the weight of the melted cheese.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 860mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 589IU | Calcium: 533mg | Iron: 2mg

Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
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