Croque Madame

Croque Madame is a ham and cheese sandwich covered in white gravy and topped with a fried egg. They are pretty easy to make and are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

I first had this French sandwich at a restaurant in Dallas, Bread Winners. It was so good and the perfect brunch sandwich. I have craved that sandwich ever since.

Croque Madame is a ham and cheese sandwich covered in Béchamel sauce (you might know it as white gravy) and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. They are a super popular sandwich in French bistros and for good reason. They are so good. If you opt-out the egg on top you will have a  Croque Monsieur.

They are pretty easy to make. Lay out half of your bread slices on a large sheet pan. Spread a layer of béchamel over them. Then add cheese and ham. Place another piece of bread on top and spread a layer of béchamel on that piece and top with more cheese. Bake in the oven till the cheese melts then top the sandwiches with a fried egg!

Do you have questions?

What is the difference between a croque monsieur and croque madame?

Both are ham and cheese sandwiches covered in gravy and baked till the cheese starts to melt, but a Croque monsieur doesn’t have an egg on top and a Croque madame does.

Watch how it’s made…

I hope you love this Croque Madame recipe! If you make it leave a comment! You can also share a photo on Instagram and tag #meganvskitchen. Enjoy!            

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Croque Madame Sandwich with a side salad

Croque Madame

  • Author: Megan
  • Prep Time: 18 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Description

Croque Madame is a ham and cheese sandwich covered in white gravy and topped with a fried egg. They are pretty easy to make and are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 


Ingredients

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béchamel sauce/ white gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk, low-fat or whole
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

sandwich

  • 8 slices white sandwich bread
  • 8 slices high-quality ham, 8 oz
  • 3 ounces grated Gruyere cheese, about 1 cup ( you can also use swiss)
  • 4 fried eggs

Instructions

making the béchamel sauce

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour, continue whisking until it turns a golden brown, about 1-3 minutes. Gradually add in milk, whisking until the mixture has thickened, about 2-5 minutes 
  2. Season with salt and pepper and set aside while you make the sandwiches.

 

making the sandwiches:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place half you’re your bread slices on the sheet pan. Using half of the béchamel sauce, spread a thin layer of sauce onto each slice, spreading it to the edges. 
  3. Top each slice with ham and half of the gruyere cheese. Place another slice of bread on top and top with the remaining béchamel sauce and gruyere cheese.
  4. Bake for about 5-6 minutes, or until cheese is melted, then broil until the top of the sandwiches are lightly golden, 2-4 minutes.
  5. Top each sandwich with a fried egg and serve immediately. 

Notes

You can make the Béchamel up to 4 days in advanced. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
  • Calories: 460
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 27g

Keywords: Croque Madame, Sandwich, Brunch, French Sandwich

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