Croque Madame | Ham, Cheese & Egg Sandwich

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by Dawn T in Rouxbe Recipes

A classic French sandwich. Deliciously rich and wonderful....ahhh Paris!

  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins

  • Comments: 9
  • Views: 18989
  • Success 91%

Step 1: Making the Mornay Sauce

Making the Mornay Sauce

To make the Mornay sauce, which is just a basic béchamel with cheese, first melt the butter in a small pot over medium low heat. Once the butter melts add the flour and stir. Let cook for about a minute or two, then slowly add the milk, while whisking continuously. Add the fresh nutmeg (you can use dried, but the fresh is especially nice), and season with the salt and pepper. Then turn off the heat and add the Gruyère and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch of white pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Step 2: Toasting the Bread

Toasting the Bread

Preheat your oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Butter both sides of the bread, place onto a baking tray and place into the oven (middle rack). Toast for a few minutes on each side until lightly golden. Then remove from the oven (leaving oven on) and start assembling.

  • 8 pieces bread (preferably something like Brioche or Italian)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

Step 3: Assembling the Sandwiches

Assembling the Sandwiches

Spread a bit of Dijon on one side of each piece of bread. Top with one or two pieces of ham. Add a bit of cheese to each sandwich, about 2 tablespoons per sandwich (you want to save about 1 cup to top the sandwiches).
Spoon one tablespoon of Mornay on each half, then top with another piece of bread.

Place the sandwiches onto your baking tray then top each sandwich with the remaining sauce. Letting it spread out and cover the edges of the bread. Then top each sandwich with the remaining cheese.

  • 8 to 16 pieces plain ham (1 or 2 per sandwich)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups grated Gruyère cheese

Step 4: Cooking the Sandwiches

Cooking the Sandwiches

Place the sandwiches into the oven and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Then turn on the broiler and cook for another minute or so...or until the cheese has melted and just starts to bubble and turn a light golden brown.

Step 5: Pan-Frying the Eggs

Pan-Frying the Eggs

Using a non-stick pan, melt the butter over medium to medium-low heat. Add the eggs and cook sunny side up (or however you prefer them). Once ready, place one egg on top of each sandwich.

  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Step 6: Serving the Sandwich

Serving the Sandwich

Serve each delicious sandwich with a knife and fork and a nice frisée salad...and enjoy!

Notes

Rich and filling this sandwich is a great way to take yourself on an afternoon trip to France.

Chris G

Spectacular!

I made croque madame this morning for the first time and we absolutely LOVED it. It was already decadent and rich enough but I had to go and substitute half and half for milk. Crazy good.

This sandwich isn't for the light appetite. It's been over an hour and I'm still full! Excellent recipe, Dawn!

Arianna A

What happened?

I made this delicious concoction this morning and it was delectable; however, when I took the baking pan out of the oven, it was bent as if the opposite edges of the pan had risen and it would no longer lie flat on a surface, but instead rocked. After the pan cooled down, it went back to normal and flat. I have owned had bakeware set for many years, however the trays and pans have had very little or almost no use. Do I need to throw these out and get new baking pans?

Dawn T
Rouxbe Staff

Re: Pans Warping or Buckling in the Oven

Thinner baking sheets will sometimes warp in the oven when they get hot. I have a few myself that do this, but I usually use them for other things (like freezing stuff and what not).

Look for pans that have a heavier weight as these will generally not warp or buckle in the oven. They are also much better at conducting heat more evenly. Restaurant supply stores are a great place to buy them.

Hope this helps - cheers!

Aja B

Too much cheese

tasty...but i think i clogged my arteries a little bit. Is there a recipe that is a bit more cholesterol friendly?

Dawn T
Rouxbe Staff

Re: Too Much Cheese

The great thing about learning to cook is that you then realize that with most recipes you can modify them to suit your tastes. If this is too rich (it is French food after all) then perhaps use a bit less bechamel and/or cheese. Cheers!

Romeo G

perfect,,,

what about croque monsieur?????

Dawn T
Rouxbe Staff

RE: Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur is made in the same manner - just omit the egg. Cheers!

Ana S

So Yummy

Wow, I made this today as a brunch dish for the family. All I heard was, oh my gosh, this is great and I can't stop eating it, can I have another! Thanks so much for putting this recipe up.

Ash R

Success, despite substitutions

We made these for lunch and really enjoyed them. We had no gruyere on hand so we made the Mornay sauce using only Parmesan, and then used a local cheddar cheese in and on the sandwich. Cheddar certainly doesn't melt as beautifully as gruyere, but the meal was still delicious.

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