Croque Madame

Total Time:
18 min
3 min
15 min

4 sandwiches

  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 ounces Gruyere, very thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces smoked ham, very thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 extra-large eggs
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Butter 1 side of each bread slice.

Set half of the slices of bread buttered side down in the griddle or cast iron skillet, and cover each with a slice of cheese. Place 3 or 4 slices of the ham over the cheese, and place the top slice of bread over the ham, buttered side up. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwiches until bottom is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side. Remove sandwiches and place on a plate. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the top of each sandwich, and then place a slice of cheese on top. Put the sandwiches back onto the griddle or skillet then place in oven, cooking until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over high heat. Cook each egg sunny side up. Turn egg over and cook 3 minutes longer for a soft-cooked egg, or 5 minutes longer for a hard-cooked egg. Repeat with remaining butter and eggs.

Place 1 fried egg atop each sandwich. Season egg, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve sandwich immediately.

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    Doesn't anyone on this website check the recipes before they are posted? If they did they could avoid this embarrassment.
    This is a wonderful dish, delicious , a great Sunday evening supper.
    I made this using provolone cheese, multigrain bakery bread, and thin proscuitto ham. For my own special touch I added mushrooms sauteed in a little butter, placed on top of the ham. It came out delicious. I did not need to add extra salt or pepper since it was on the egg. Definitely would make again--I have had the real thing in Paris and this recipe was just as delicious.
    my hubby loved this! personally you dont have to salt and pepper the egg the cheese has plenty; it was delicious!
    I saw this episode and could not wait to try this sandwhich! So easy it's something I make all of the time but with the cheese and the egg! Who would have thought something so simple to make could be so amazing! It's a Sunday favorite now...with or without the egg! Thanks Paula!
    OMG.......... I now have to prepare these delicious morsels of Heaven at least twice a week. My very picky daughter is so smitten with them.... (and me, too!). Great job on a fantastic recipe, Paula.. THANK YOU.
    This was wonderful; fun and easy to make. Absolutely delicious with a glass of riesling for a quick weekend supper. My very picky boyfrind was practically licking the plate. : Also should mention that I used cheddar and american cheese instead of swiss, due to aforementioned picky boyfriend, but think swiss would be amazing also.
    As with all things French, it can be improved upon, and Paula did... I added mayo to the mustard and WOW!
    My husband and I love these sandwiches and make them often. We substitute ciabatta bread and swiss cheese. The mayo and egg make these extra delicious. Thank you, Paula Deen!
    So good. Since this sandwich is so rich--Paula makes the French very proud--I split it and had it with a green salad. Great Saturday afternoon lunch! If you don't like mayonnaise, then use Dijon mustard! Still delicious! Thanks, Paula!
    A traditional croque madame had no mayo, a discusting southern thing I guess, and has a Bechamel or Mornay sauce added to it. This is vial. It's like putting mayo, lettuce and tomatoes on a Philly!
    Thank you for another great meal. We just finished the sandwiches - not a speck leftover. This was just a great Friday nite, super easy,end of the work week dinner. Served it with some tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper marinted in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Easy perfect meal. Thanks for makin' me look so good. Keep 'em coming. We are all watching. Love, B
    I'm a student and not very good at cooking, but this sandwich was so simple and amazing! I used swiss cheese instead, and a little mozzarella on top. And i also used store bought mayo, but it turned out great! It really was the best sandwich I have ever tasted! Can't wait to make it for friends!
    This one hit the spot! Everyone's spot! And the homemade mayo was, I'm sure, the secret sauce that made this so incredibly delicious. My great big sons couldn't get over how good this was. I'm being pressed into service again tomorrow morning for more. That's what I get for making great food.
    Easy to prepare, and absolutely delicious. My whole family really enjoyed these. Great with swiss cheese instead of gruyere also.
    This was excellent! I had the madam, DH had the monsieur and we loved them both!
    This is the best sandwich I've ever had!! The combination of all the ingredients blend perfectly.
    This was delicious! It is my husband's favorite sandwich now. It tastes like something from a great restaurant.
    My husband, sister, and sister's boyfriend really enjoyed eating this sandwich. However, I did make a few adjustments to the original "recipe" in order to make the sandwich into a full meal. We used swiss cheese, and used both ham and turkey, rather than just the ham (3 pieces of each type of deli meat). I will definitely make this again!!!
    This is the best sandwich I have ever made.
    Thank you!
    I haven't tryed this yet but it looks absolutely delicious!!! I can't wait to try it!! I know it will be good because Paula rocks!
    This is pretty good, but I'm sure it's called a croque monsieur. Croque madames are made with turkey instead of ham.
    For the right person I think this would be a great sandwich. I couldn't appreciate it that much because it was too heavy for myself. But if a heavy sandwich is what you are looking for, this is perfect.
    After seeing this recipe on t.v., I immediately went into my kitchen, and heated up the skillet. This is one of the easiest and tastiest sandwiches out there!
    I made this as a quick dinner option one night and it was great. I used regular deli lunch meat, and provolone cheese with the mayo and butter. Omitted the eggs for the kids, but they ate all of the sandwich. Wonderful and easy.
    very good - but very rich!
    I really wanted to make this sandwich so I cheated a bit and used sliced pepperjack cheese and bacon that I had on hand. Instead of using mayo, I melted another thin layer of cheese on top of the egg. It was so delicious with just a slight kick. I served it with sliced tomaotes which was exactly the right complment of flavor and the dish looked pretty as well. Next time I will make it with the proper ingrediants and I'm sure I will love it too.
    Croque Monsieur. No eggs for me. But this recipe is a winner. The only thing that would make it better would be to add a stick of butter.
    This toasted sandwich is so good along with a warm soup on a fall chilly day. Its perfect for the whole familly, from my husband saying wow, to my 5 year old saying mommy this is the best sandwich ever, and mom ur the best. Id say this sandwich is wonderful. Yummie
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