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Croque Monsieur and Madame
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Perfect Croque Monsieur and Madame

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! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Brunch, Main Course, Mother's Day
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 510kcal
Author: Chula King


Béchamel Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk heated
  • ¼ 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


  • Béchamel Sauce: Melt butter in small saucepan. Whisk in flour. Allow to cook for about a minute, ensuring that the flour does not brown.
  • Slowly whisk in hot milk. Whisk constantly until thickened. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • Croques: Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Lightly toast bread.
  • Place half of ham on one slice of toasted bread.
  • Spread 1-½ to 2 Tablespoons of Béchamel Sauce on ham. Top with half of Gruyère cheese.
  • Repeat with remaining slices of toasted bread.
  • Bake at 375° F for 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and ingredients are heated through.
  • Increase oven temperature to broil. Broil for several minutes until top is golden brown.
  • For Croque Madame, top with fried egg.
  • Yield: 4 servings.


Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1071mg | Potassium: 313mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Calcium: 565mg | Iron: 1.7mg