Croque Madame

Croque Madame

Jennifer James 1

"This recipe is a favorite in my family! I take a French class and I bring these little sandwiches to the French meeting. This typical French delectable is always on the menu in little French cafes."

Ingredients 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 889 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 889 kcal
  • 44%
  • Fat:
  • 64.2 g
  • 99%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.5g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 45.3 g
  • 91%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 361 mg
  • 120%
  • Sodium:
  • 1417 mg
  • 57%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Mix in the cheese once it is melted. Dip each slice of bread into the melted cheese, coating both sides.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place one slice of bread into the skillet and top with 2 slices of ham. Place the second piece of bread on top. Fry until golden on each side, then remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Fry the egg in the hot skillet to your liking: easy, medium, or well done. Place the fried egg on top of the sandwich and serve.
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  1. 13 Ratings

JG Bird

Difficult to rate, as I'm uncertain at what consistency the melted butter/cheese is to be at to not burn, but make it easy to coat the bread. So I expect that my attempt was more a cobbling of the ingredients than the complete blending and presentation I would imagine is involved in a French treat.


I saw the beautiful photo of this sandwich this morning and had everything in stock to make it. I made one for DH and one for me. His didn't turn out too well since the cheddar cheese mixture was really globby and I couldn't get it to soak into the bread and had to sort of spread the cheese on. But the second time I didn't add the full one cup of cheese to the butter. maybe a wee bit over a half cup, and used Colby Jack instead of Cheddar. It melted much better than the cheddar did. Once it reached a well mixed taffy like texture I removed from the heat and put my thick slice of white bread on it and sort of soaked the mix in it like a sponge, then quickly removed it to the fry pan already heated on medium and ready, threw on the ham slices and then soaked up the rest of the cheese mixture with second piece of bread moving it and dabbing it until no mixture was left. Timing seems to be the key and the longer you wait the cheese mix starts to gob up. You may also want to start your egg while cooking the sandwich, or the sandwich gets pretty cool waiting for the egg. I liked the taste of the crusty cheese bread and the oozing egg yolk on top. Was a very nice breakfast treat. Just have everything out and ready and be prepared to have a bit of clean-up. But tasted very good and worth the extra work. My husband loved his even though it wasn't exactly pretty.


I had this when I went to Versaille and it's exactly the recipe made it turn out almost exactly the same way! :D