Croque Madame

Originated in France as a fast-food snack, and served in cafés and bistros, croque Monsieur is the hot ham and cheese grilled sandwich we all love. 
A croque monsieur topped with a fried or poached egg, is a croque madame, or in parts of Normandy, a croque-à-cheval.
I love this sandwich with french pressed coffee for brunch, and I also love it with a glass of wine for dinner. That’s particularly why I love this sandwich, because it can go either way: breakfast or dinner.

Ingredients (serves 4):

8 slices of white bread
4 tsp of Dijon mustard
½ pound smoked ham, thinly sliced
¾ cup shredded cheese (Gruyère)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups milk
Dash of salt and pepper
4 large eggs

The sauce:
In a saucepan, melt 3 tbsp of butter, add 3 tbsp of flour and whisk continuously for abt 3 mn. Add the milk, whisking constantly. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer 5 mn, whisking periodically, until thickened. Remove from heat and add ½ cup of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper and stir until the cheese is melted and combined.

The sandwiches:
For each sandwich, apply about a teaspoon of mustard on one side of the bread. Pile the ham on top of the mustard. On the other piece of bread, spoon about 1 to 2 tbsp of bechamel-cheese sauce and spread it evenly. Add about 1 tbsp of shredded cheese on top of the sauce and close the sandwich. Repeat for each of the sandwiches.

Preheat the broiler.

In a non stick griddle pan, grill the sandwiches on both sides until golden.
Remove the sandwiches to a baking dish. Spoon about ⅓ cup of the sauce on each of the sandwiches. Place the dish under the broiler for approximately 2 minutes, or until the sauce is browned.

Now fry 4 eggs until the whites are cooked and the egg is just sunny side up perfection. On each sandwich, place one egg and serve immediately.

Ingrédients (4 personnes):

8 tranches de pain de mie
4 càs de moutarde de Dijon
4 tranches de jambon
150 g de Gruyère
40 g de beurre
40 g de farine
45 cl de lait
sel et poivre
4 œufs

La sauce:
Dans une casserole, faites fondre le beurre, ajoutez la farine et fouettez environ 3 mn. Versez le lait, petit à petit, tout en fouettant. Portez à ébullition, puis réduisez le feu et laissez la sauce s'épaissir tout en continuant de fouetter. Hors feu, ajoutez 100 g de gruyère et mélangez jusqu'à ce qu'elle fond. Assaisonnez de sel et de poivre.

Les sandwiches:
Sur un pain de mie, étalez une càc de moutarde. Déposez une tranche de jambon dessus. Sur l'autre pain étalez 1 à 2 càs de sauce puis saupoudrez 1 càs de gruyère dessus. Fermez le sandwich et répétez avec les autres pain.

Préchauffez le grill four.

Dans une poêle, faites griller les sandwiches des 2 côtés. Transférez les dans un plat allant au four. Étalez sur le dessus des sandwiches 2 càs de sauce. Placez les sous le grill 2 mn.

Faites cuire 4 oeufs au plat dans une poêle. Sortez les croque du four et déposez-y l'oeuf au plat dessus.


  1. Yum, It is breakfast time for me here in Sydney and this looks so perfect!

  2. Mmmhhhh, terrific! That egg is cooked to perfection.



  3. Such a classic open sandwich. It's one of my favorite thing to have for lunch.

  4. Oh heck yeah!!!!!! That looks like a perfect dish! I have a page ripped out of a magazine with a recipe for that and have been drooling over it for weeks. I am so happy a blogger friend made one of these!!! Now it is my turn!

  5. This is beautiful - it's amazing how putting the egg on top of the bread (rather in it) can make it more substantial and classy.

  6. Love this French classic. So simple but so delicious!

  7. Croque Madame is one of my favorite foods! Beautiful photos : )

  8. I love croque-monsieur and croque madame would be my second choice (I am not crazy about eggs); your photo is splendid!

  9. What a delicious-looking sandwich! I've never had the Croque Madam and didn't know the difference between the two until now.

  10. Fantastic! I wish I were so lucky as to have one of these right now.

  11. I've never ate this before, but it looks delish! Merci!

  12. That looks absolutely delicious! Beautiful photos :)



  13. Chicho, I just Love this French snack! Looks extremely delicious :)

    Great Shots,



  14. A classic for good reason. The fried egg on top looks fantastic!

  15. Oh man, you have got that egg fried just right. All that yolk melting into the cheese and given a meaty salty flavour by the ham. This is indeed a classic for a reason. Robust, tasty and quick to make. Ideal simple supper food.

  16. ton croque madame est parfait! tellement plus "sexy" que le croque mr ;)

  17. Oh my goodness!! That looks so unbelievably good! I love this type of dish for a late breakfast or even lunch. Heck, I would have it for dinner any time!


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