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Croque Madame Recipe

Croque madame… the French Grilled Cheese sandwich, with an egg on top! This easy French-inspired croque madame recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser during any time of the year. What’s not to like?

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photo courtesy of phil runion

I had a late dinner today. Really late… At about 9:30 I wanted something quick to make, but it also had to be appetizing. I wanted a sandwich, or something of the kind… And then, it hit me. I was going to make the infamous french sandwich: Croque Madame!

What is a croque madame?

For those of you who do not know what a Croque Madame is a crunchy grilled chicken / ham and cheese sandwich topped with an egg sunny side up. If you’d rather exclude the egg in the recipe, you would basically have a Croque Monsieur.

My version of the recipe has some “American” flare to it… Instead of Gruyere Cheese, I decided that I would use some cheddar cheese. I know, shame on me, but I didn’t have any Gruyere, so I compromised. I made my own version of the recipe, and I have to say, it sure tasted good!

P.S. I didn’t have time to take a picture, so Phil Runion, allowed me to borrow his picture of a Croque Madame sandwich from his blog.

Thanks Phil!

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Yield: Makes 4 Sandwiches

Croque Madame Recipe

Croque Madame Recipe

This croque madame recipe has a bit of american flare to it with the addition of cheddar cheese, but that's all I had on hand. For a more traditional route– go with gruyere cheese. It smells terrible, but tastes heavenly. You'll definitely want to make this time and time again!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Bechamel Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese or gruyere cheese (preferably the latter to keep it traditional)

The Croque Madame Sandwich

  • 4 eggs
  • 12 slices of chicken or black forest ham
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 slices of good white bread

Instructions

Make the Bechamel

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat until it starts bubbling. Then, add the flour. Stir.
  2. Let the mixture cook for about a minute, or until it smells nutty and looks blondish.
  3. Whisk in the milk, then bring it to a bubble.
  4. Lower the heat to low. Add the cheese, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook the sauce until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Make the Croque Madame Sandwiches

  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat.
  2. Take two slices of bread, and butter each slice of bread (on one side only.
  3. Lay one slice down in the skillet, then add a tablespoon or so of Béchamel sauce and the three slices of ham. Place the other slice of bread on top (buttered side up).
  4. Brown each side of the sandwich. Repeat with three other sandwiches.
  5. After all of the sandwiches are made, turn your broiler on. Put some aluminum foil on a cookie sheet (for easy clean up). Place all 4 sandwiches on the cookie sheet.
  6. Take about a tablespoon of béchamel sauce and smooth it out on top of each sandwich.
  7. Set the sandwiches under the broiler for about 2 minutes, or just until the top of the sandwiches are browned.
  8. While the sandwiches are under the broiler, fry the eggs sunny-side-up or to your liking.
  9. When the sandwiches are done, top them with a fried egg. Add some salt and pepper to taste.
  10. If there is extra sauce left, add some on top of each egg (this is entirely optional, but recommended

Notes

Serve the croque madame sandwiches as is, or with a nice green salad, or thinly sliced french fries.

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