Under 30 Minutes
Croque Madame Sandwiches
In France, a croque monsieur is a grilled ham and Gruyere; the madame has an egg on top.
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 16 slices thin white sandwich bread
- 1/4 pound Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 8 large eggs
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread 1/2 teaspoon butter on each bread slice and place 8 slices, butter side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Divide cheese and ham evenly among slices, season with salt and pepper, and top with remaining bread slices, butter side up. Bake until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt 2 teaspoons butter over medium. Cook 4 eggs until whites are set and yolks are still runny, about 4 minutes; transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter and eggs. Top each sandwich with 1 egg. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.