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Photo: Rick Lew; Styling: Ana Kelley
Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 5 mins

Makes 2 servings

A croque-madame is a variation on the croque-monsieur, a French twist on grilled ham and cheese. Instead of dipping the sandwich in egg before sautéeing in butter (as you would for a croque-monsieur), grill the sandwich first and top with homemade Mornay Sauce, cheese, and sunny-side up egg.


  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 slices sourdough or white sandwich bread
  • 4 slices good-quality cooked ham
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1 cup grated Gruyère or Emmentaler cheese, divided
  • 1 cup Mornay Sauce
  • 2 eggs, cooked sunny-side up or over easy

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Butter bread on all sides, and top 2 of the slices with ham and, if desired, a smear of Dijon. Top with 1/2 cup cheese, and cover with remaining bread slices. Place sandwiches in skillet, pressing gently with back of spatula. Let cook about 1 to 2 minutes or until bottom is lightly golden.

    Microwaving Eggs
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
  2. Top sandwiches in skillet with Mornay Sauce and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Place skillet in oven, and broil 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and bubbly, taking care not to burn. Top with egg, and serve immediately.