Croque Madame by Cedric from Zaza's

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.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

• 8 slices sandwich bread

• 4 ounces baked ham, thinly sliced

• 2 1/2 cups grated cheese (mozzarella, gruyere, fontina, or swiss)  cheese, divided

• 4 tablespoons butter, softened

• 4 eggs

• 2 tablespoons canola oil

• 4 tablespoons Béchamel sauce, divided


Preheat the broiler to the lowest heat setting. Evenly divide and spread the mustard on 4 slices of bread. Place a few slices of ham, followed by 1/2 cup Gruyere, on the 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. 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.

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