Croque Madame

A Croque Madame is a variation of the famous Croque Monsieur recipe. It is a sandwich with baked ham, Gruyere cheese and béchamel sauce, topped with a fried egg.

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 4 slices ham
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt


  • Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C)
  • Grate or thinly chop the Gruyere cheese and set aside
  • Prepare the béchamel sauce: take a saucepan and melt butter at medium/low heat, paying attention that it doesn’t turn brown
  • When the butter has melted, stir in the flour and continue stirring until smooth and with a sandy but not brown color (about 3-4 minutes)
  • Start to gradually stir in milk, whisking constantly
  • As the sauce starts to thicken, add more milk, calibrating the quantity to get to the desired thickness
  • After a few minutes, your sauce will get glossy, smooth and thick
  • Season with nutmeg and salt, add grated Parmesan cheese, stir and set aside
  • Place the sandwich slices on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven, 1-2 minutes per side, until lightly toasted
  • Remove from oven and brush half of the toasted slices with mustard
  • Add the baked ham slices and 2/3 of Gruyere cheese
  • Top with the other toasted bread slices
  • Turn on the broiler in the oven and place the sandwich back on the baking sheet
  • Pour the sauce over the sandwich and sprinkle remaining Gruyere cheese on top
  • Broil for 3 minutes or until cheese on top bubbles and is lightly browned
  • In the meantime, take a frying pan and fry an egg in vegetable oil
  • When the sandwich is ready top it with the fried egg and serve!