Croque Madame

This French sandwich contains hot ham and cheese with a fried egg on top. If you leave off the egg, you have a Croque Monsieur. Croquer is French for “to crunch.”

Serves: 2Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2


  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4 oz. Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced
  • 5 oz. sliced smoked ham
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄8 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground black pepper


  • Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spread the other side of each bread slice with a thin smear of mustard. Assemble two sandwiches using half of the cheese and ham on each. Make sure the buttered sides are on the outside of the sandwich.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat. When heated, place the sandwiches in the skillet. Cook each side for 3 to 4 minutes, or until they’re toasted and golden brown. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  • Place the remainder of the butter in the skillet. Once it has stopped foaming, slowly pour 2 eggs into the skillet. Sprinkle each egg with salt and pepper. Cover and let the eggs cook for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how firm you like the yolks.
  • Center an egg on top of each sandwich, or inside for easier eating, and serve while warm.