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Croque Monsieur and Madame
Perfect Croque Monsieur and Madame
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

The perfect Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame is a simple creation. However, if you try to order one in an American restaurant, you’ll likely receive quizzical look. Not so if you ordered a grilled cheese sandwich. Croque Monsieur, literally translated as “crunch sir” is somewhat of a French grilled cheese sandwich. However, it is so much more. Add a fried egg on top and you have a Croque Madame! 

Course: Brunch, Main Course, Mother's Day
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 510 kcal
Author: Chula King
Béchamel Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk heated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 4 thin slices of white bread
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced ham
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese
  • Fried eggs for Croque Madame
  1. Béchamel Sauce: Melt butter in small saucepan. Whisk in flour. Allow to cook for about a minute, ensuring that the flour does not brown.
  2. Slowly whisk in hot milk. Whisk constantly until thickened. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. Croques: Preheat oven to 375° F.
  4. Lightly toast bread.
  5. Place half of ham on one slice of toasted bread.
  6. Spread 1-1/2 to 2 Tablespoons of Béchamel Sauce on ham. Top with half of Gruyère cheese.
  7. Repeat with remaining slices of toasted bread.
  8. Bake at 375° F for 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and ingredients are heated through.
  9. Increase oven temperature to broil. Broil for several minutes until top is golden brown.
  10. For Croque Madame, top with fried egg.
  11. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Croque Monsieur and Madame
Amount Per Serving
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 1071mg45%
Potassium 313mg9%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 720IU14%
Calcium 565mg57%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.