Croque Madame

Croque Madame

Croque Madame

One of the companies I worked for was based in Paris and was fortunate to make the trip several times.  I love French food, the sauces, the flavors can’t be beat.   The Croque Madame quickly became one of my favorite dishes and is great for breakfast or brunch (but I have been known to cook it for lunch and dinner too!)  It is quick to make and delicious. 

I love to make this when I am entertaining for brunch because it is super simple and quick to make.  Due to this I am still able to socialize with my guests but serve something that is restaurant and show quality (it looks like I have been in the kitchen hours instead less than 15 minutes)!  


Serving Recommendations: Mimosas or a glass of OJ

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Making the Bechamel Sauce

Do not be intimidated by the bechamel sauce, it is very simple to make (although it sounds fancy!).  It is simply a white sauce made with butter, flour and milk.   

Tips for making Bechamel Sauce

  • The butter/flour combination is called roux.  You do not want to cook it too long just until it starts to look like wet sand but not browning! 
  • You can use cold milk but if you head it up for a minute or two in the microwave you can cut down on the cooking time.  
  • Add the milk slowly and stir constantly 
  • Make sure the flour and butter a mixed together well before adding milk!
  • You know it is done when the sauce can coat a spoon. 
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Ingredients for Bechamel Sauce

Cook the flour and butter until the paste bubbles, but do not brown, it should look like wet sand.

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Add milk and stir constantly.  Once sauce begins to boil lower heat until sauce has thickened. 

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Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.

Bechamel Sauce
Croque Madame

Croque Madame

Traditional french dish that is quick to make and perfect for breakfast or brunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine Breakfast, Brunch, French, Sandwich
Servings 2
Calories 628 kcal


For the Sandwich

  • 4 slices ham deli
  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 eggs

For the Sauce:

  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pinch of Nutmeg optional


Prepare the sauce:

  • Melt butter in a saucepan
  • Stir in flour and cook until the past bubbles but do not brown, it should look like wet sand.
  • Add milk and stir constantly until sauce begins to boil. Lower heat.
  • Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.
  • Stir for about 2 to 3 more minutes and remove from heat.

Prepare the Sandwich:

  • Heat a cast-iron skillet on the stove and spray with oil.
  • Arrange 4 slices of bread on a baking sheet.
  • Layer each with a slice of swiss cheese, two slices of ham and top with swiss cheese. Top with bread.
  • Place sandwich in cast-iron skillet and cover. Cook until lightly brown and flip cook the other side.
  • Once all sandwiches are cooked, remove from pan and spray oil again. Crack 4 eggs and cook to liking (recommend over easy or sunnyside up!)
  • Top sandwich with Bechamel Sauce and 1 egg.
  • Enjoy


Serve with mimosas or a small salad with vinegarette.
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