Croque Madame

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 sandwiches
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12 slices white sandwich bread

Dijon mustard, for spreading

Sliced ham, as needed, depending on how thick your ham is (if using thinly sliced deli ham, use about 3 slices per sandwich, or 18 slices total)

4 cups grated Gruyere cheese

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups whole milk

Pinch grated nutmeg

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 over-easy fried eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Assemble the sandwiches on a baking sheet by spreading 6 slices of bread with a scant amount of Dijon mustard. (If you like more Dijon flavor, add more; I like it to be subtle.) Top with the desired amount of ham and sprinkle with about a tablespoon of cheese. Top with the remaining bread slices.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat until melted. Stir in the flour, creating a roux, and cook for about 4 minutes. Whisk in the milk and stir until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add the nutmeg and 1 cup of Gruyere, and season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the sandwiches. Top the sandwiches with equal amounts of the remaining cheese.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil until the sandwiches are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly, about 2 minutes (watch closely!). Top each sandwich with a fried egg and serve.
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