This Parisian cafe classic is the ultimate ham and cheese sandwich.  The Croque Madame is simply a traditional Croque Monsieur served with a fried egg and a bit of Béchamel sauce spooned over the finished sandwich. It’s a very easy recipe; if you’ve ever fried an egg for breakfast, you can make this Croque.

INGREDIENTS

  •  2 T. butter
  • 8 slices egg bread
  • 8 thin slices ham
  • 4 thin slices Gruyere cheese
  •  2 c. Béchamel sauce
  • 7 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 4 eggs

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the broiler to the lowest heat setting. Evenly divide and spread the butter and/or mustard on 4 slices of bread. Place a few slices of ham, followed by a slice Gruyere, on the butter-mustard-side of the bread. Cover the cheese with the remaining slices of bread and spread the butter on the outside surfaces of the sandwiches

Preheat a skillet over medium heat to fry the eggs while the sandwiches broil, if making the Madame, if making the Monsieur omit the eggs. Fry one egg at a time, as desired. Place the sandwiches on an ungreased baking sheet and broil for about 5 minutes, turn them over, cover with the remaining cheese, and continue cooking until they are crispy and golden brown, about 5 additional minutes. Serve each hot sandwich with a fried egg and 1 tablespoon of Béchamel sauce on top.

This recipe makes 4 sandwiches.