Croque Madame Sandwich

Croque Madame | Travel Cook TellCroque Monsieur has a girlfriend and her name is Croque Madame :)

But what’s the difference between them? Croque Madame has a fried egg on top. And this sandwich is a “madame” because some people say the egg resembles an old fashioned woman’s hat!

Let’s see the recipe!

Croque Madame
Serves: 3
  • 1 tbsp butter, plus softened butter for bread
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1½ cups gruyère or emmental cheese, grated
  • ½ cup mozzarella
  • 6 slices bread
  • 6 slices ham
  • 3 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C)
  2. For the sauce:
  3. In a saucepan melt butter. Add flour, stirring constantly until smooth, about 2 minutes. Slowly add milk, stirring continuously, and cook until the mixture thickens a little and is lightly golden.
  4. Remove from heat and add mozzarella, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  5. Lightly and evenly butter bread slices, place them in a baking pan and put it in the oven for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and place the ham slices and about ⅓ cup Gruyère cheese on 3 of the bread slices. Top each with one of remaining bread slices.
  7. Spread sauce to cover the top of each sandwich (crusts, too). Sprinkle evenly with the remaining cheese.
  8. Bake the sandwiches for about 5 minutes then place under lit broiler until cheese mixture on top is bubbling and lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  9. While the sandwiches are in the oven, fry the eggs.
  10. Remove sandwiches from the oven and place eggs on top of them.

Croque Madam-3

So, do you prefer a Croque Monsieur or a Croque Madame?

Here at home we love them both :)


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