Make the Perfect Croque Madame Sandwich: Full Recipe Inside

Make the Perfect Croque Madame Sandwich: Full Recipe Inside

June 25
18:35 2024

Considered a classic French sandwich, the Croque Madame boasts rich tastes and a sophisticated appearance. Breakfast, brunch, and even a quick lunch would be ideal for this delicious meal. Perfectly fried egg tops ham, cheese, and béchamel sauce in the Croque Madame sandwich. Let’s explore this traditional Croque Madame recipe and learn how to create it right at home.

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 2

Croque Madame Ingredients

  • 4 slices of white bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 4 slices of Gruyère cheese
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce (recipe below)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives for garnish (optional)

Béchamel Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste



  1. Prepare the Béchamel Sauce:
    • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
    • Add the flour and whisk constantly for about 2 minutes until it turns a light golden color.
    • Gradually add the milk, continuing to whisk until the sauce thickens and is smooth.
    • Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Assemble the Sandwich:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Spread butter on one side of each bread slice.
    • On the unbuttered side, spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard.

    • Place a slice of ham and a slice of cheese on two of the bread slices.

    • Top with the remaining bread slices, buttered side out.
  1. Cook the Sandwich:
    • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.
    • Transfer the sandwiches to a baking sheet.
    • Spoon béchamel sauce over each sandwich, then top with another slice of Gruyère cheese.

    • Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  1. Fry the Eggs:
    • While the sandwiches are baking, heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat.
    • Add a bit of butter and fry the eggs sunny-side up until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny.


Place a fried egg on top of each sandwich. Garnish with chopped chives, if desired. Serve immediately with a side salad or fresh fruit.

Nutrition Facts per serving

Nutrition Facts  
one serving  
Calories: 550
Total Fat: 32g
Saturated Fat: 18g
Cholesterol: 210mg
Sodium: 900mg
Total Carbohydrates: 35g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 30g

Tips and Variations

  • Cheese Options: Swap Gruyère for Swiss or Emmental cheese if desired.
  • Bread Choices: Use whole grain or sourdough bread for a different texture and flavor.
  • Vegetarian Option: Replace the ham with sautéed spinach or mushrooms for a meat-free version.
  • Serving Ideas: Pair with a light green salad dressed with a simple vinaigrette to balance the richness of the sandwich.


Indulge in a wonderful slice of French culinary tradition with the Croque Madame. A flawlessly cooked egg sits atop this Croque Madame sandwich, which also features ham, cheese, and béchamel sauce. No matter what time of day you serve it, this Croque Madame sandwich will be a hit. Make this elegant and flavorful traditional French cuisine at home and savor every bite. Bon appétit!


About Author

Chris Baker

Chris Baker

I'm Christopher Baker, also known as "Mr. Crumbly Cookies." My journey into gluten-free baking began as a personal quest for wellness, not a business venture. My goal is to raise awareness about gluten-related issues and promote healthier choices. Being "Mr. Crumbly Cookies" reflects my dedication to providing delicious, gluten-free options and inspiring others to embrace a healthier lifestyle, one cookie at a time.

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