Croque Madame

Croque Madame

Croque Madame is a French classic for a reason. It's the ultimate ham and cheese sandwich topped with bechamel and a soft fried egg. What's not to love?
Course Breakfast, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine French
Keyword Croque madame, easy recipe, Sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 465kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-1.5 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 8 slices bread toasted
  • 12 slices ham I used Gypsy ham
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • 4 eggs fried to your preference


  • Pre-heat the grill of the oven.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter then whisk in the flour to make a roux.
  • Slowly pour in the milk while continuously whisking to create a smooth, rich sauce.
  • Turn down the heat and allow to cook gently, whilst stirring, until the sauce is cooked through.
  • Add the mustard and season to taste.
  • Assemble the sandwiches by dividing the ham and cheese between 4 slices. Place in the oven, allowing the cheese to melt then top with the remaining slices of bread and a generous spoonful of bechamel sauce before returning to the oven.
  • Allow to grill until golden brown then remove from the oven and top with the fried eggs.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 824mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Calcium: 429mg | Iron: 3.1mg