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Under 30 Minutes

Croque Madame Sandwiches

In France, a croque monsieur is a grilled ham and Gruyere; the madame has an egg on top.

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  • Yield: Makes 8
Croque Madame Sandwiches

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, May 2011


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Reviews (2)

  • livinginfrance 20 Jul, 2011

    My mom used to make a quicker and easier version of this sandwich with an egg. Simply put the ham and cheese between the bread, no need to butter. Dip the sandwich in to a beaten egg (you can add herbs if you want) and cook in a non stick pan or grilled cheese machine (or whatever they're called!)

  • MWetzel 9 May, 2011

    This is a good one. Kids can do this for their Mothers and Fathers Day spread.
    Time saving by baking the prepared sandwich in the oven and not grilling as you would a grilled cheese sandwich.
    Make enough for a bite later in the day.

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