Croque Madame

An easy comforting lunch for a fall or winter day. 

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Croque Madame

Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: grilled cheese
Author: Kerry Gold


  • 4 slices thick white sandwich bread Texas Toast
  • 2 tablespoons melted Kerrygold® Salted Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices thinly sliced organic deli ham
  • 6 slices Kerrygold® Savory Sliced Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup bechamel sauce recipe follows
  • 2 eggs
  • Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish
  • For the bechamel sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Kerrygold® Salted Butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Brush melted butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place buttered side down on a jelly roll pan and divide the mustard on 2 slices of bread.
  • Place one slice of cheese over Dijon mustard and top with 4 slices of ham, add another slice of cheese and top with other slice of buttered bread with the buttered side facing up. Bake in preheated oven for 10- 15 minutes or until bottom slice of bread is toasted.
  • Flip the sandwich and top each sandwich with ¼ cup bechamel sauce and another slice of cheese. Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • While the cheese is melting, fry two eggs to desired doneness. Remove sandwich from oven and top with fried egg. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve.

Bechamel Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the butter and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the milk and whisk until mixture is smooth and sauce thickens (about 3 minutes).
  • Stir in mustard and nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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