Croque Madame

Yield: 4 Sandwiches


Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 50 Min


Bechamel Sauce
  • 2 TB Unsalted Butter
  • 2 TB AP Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • Dash of Nutmeg
Remaining Ingredients
  • 4 TB Unsalted butter
  • 8 large slices of Sourdough Bread
  • 4 TB Whole Grain Mustard
  • 12 oz French Ham, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz Gruyere Cheese, grated
  • 4 Eggs, fried


Bechamel Sauce
  1. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add in flour and whisk together for a couple minutes then slowly pour in the milk and bring the temperature up to medium.
  3. In between whisking, use a spatula to remove any bits from the sides of the pan.
  4. Whisk until the sauce has thickened, and then add in salt and nutmeg.
  5. Take sauce off the heat and set aside top come to room temperature.
  1. To assemble, spread 1/2 TB of butter on the outside of each slice of bread.
  2. Spread a heaping spoonful of bechamel sauce on the inside of one slice of bread, and a spoonful of whole grain mustard on the other side.
  3. Spread 2 oz of Gruyere cheese on top of the side with bechamel sauce.
  4. Place 3 oz of ham on top of the side with mustard and close up the sandwich.
  5. Repeat with the other three sandwiches.
  6. Bring a nonstick pan to medium low heat and place the buttered sandwiches in the pan and cover with a lid.
  7. After the first side is golden brown flip and cover until the other side is golden brown and the cheese is melted (about 2-3 minutes per side)
  8. Transfer the sandwiches to a tin foil lined sheet pan and spread another spoonful of bechamel on top of each sandwich.
  9. Place 1 oz of gruyere cheese on top of the bechamel.
  10. Turn on the broiler and broil the sandwiches until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  11. Top each sandwich with a fried egg and serve.
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