Croque Madame Recipe

Recipe Category: Bread

Croque Madame Recipe


Serves 6

  • 5 tbsps. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsps. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • salt and freshly ground black
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices bread, toasted to golden brown
  • 6 tsps. Dijon mustard
  • 12 thin slices ham
  • 6 large eggs


  1. Melt 3 tbsps butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat
  2. Add the flour and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute
  3. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until mixture is thickened, about 6-8 minutes
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup grated Gruyere and the Parmesan until smooth
  6. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the nutmeg
  7. Set the sauce aside
  8. Preheat the broiler to high and set the rack 3-4 inches from the heat
  9. Place 6 slices toasted bread on the baking sheet, and spread 1 tsp mustard over each
  10. Top each with 2 slices ham
  11. Divide the remaining gruyere among the 6 pieces
  12. Broil until cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes
  13. Top with remaining bread slices, then evenly pour the sauce on top of each sandwich
  14. Broil until cheese sauce is bubbling and evenly browned, about 2-3 minutes, and remove from the oven
  15. Melt the remaining 2 tbsps butter in a large skillet over medium heat
  16. Add eggs and lower the heat
  17. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and continue to cook over low heat until the whites become opaque, about 2 minutes
  18. Turn the eggs and cook for 1 minute longer
  19. Place an egg on top of each sandwich to serve

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