Croque Madame Sandwich Recipe

Croque Madame Sandwich Recipe. image credit: Steve Mullon

Croque Madame Sandwich anyone? A French-inspired snack transformed into breakfast

Not in a rush? Then this croque madame sandwich is the ultimate breakfast with ham, cheese and a sunny side up egg to top it all off.

Croque Madame Sandwich Recipe

Croque Madame Sandwich Recipe. image credit: Steve Mullon

A croque madame is a hot sandwich made with ham and cheese and then topped off with a poached egg. This decadent meal was created in France as a snack for those on the go and dates back to 1910.

Though originally known as croque monsieur, this dish has been modified over the years by multiple cultures. With each culture featuring their local produce to create a new twist on an already classic.

More than just a snack, this sandwich can be very rich with the cheese and a sunny side egg. This is why I love to make this as a breakfast and it is a real delight every single time.

Croque Madame Sandwich

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Stephen Mullon Course: BreakfastCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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A warm breakfast sandwich that is easy to make and can look very impressive.


  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Milk (Preheated)

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Grated Mozzarella

  • 1 tbsp 1 Flour

  • 1 tbsp 1 Butter

  • 1 Egg

  • 1/2 Spring Onion

  • Chilli Flakes (Optional)

  • 1 Slice 1 Ham

  • 1 Slice 1 Salami

  • 1 Large 1 Cheese Roll (Hamburger Roll)

  • Chimichurri, Basil or Avocado for garnish


  • Grate cheese, slice spring onion & basil.
  • Preheat the grill
  • In a small saucepan, on low-medium heat, melt down the butter.
  • Add the flour and mix into a paste. Whisk continuously on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes to cook out the taste of the flour. You do not want the mix to turn brown as this will change the flavour.
  • Add the milk 2 tablespoons at a time, whisking together into a silky paste before adding more milk. Repeat this until all the milk has been added. If you add the milk too quickly you will end up with a lumpy sauce. Bring this mixture to a boil, add salt and pepper to taste and immediately reduce the heat and cook for a further 3 minutes before setting aside for later.
  • Cut your bread roll in half, add 2 tablespoons of your Bechamel (White Sauce) to the bottom half of the bread followed by your ham, salami, half of your spring onoins and half of your cheese.
  • Replace the top half of the roll and place into a toasted sandwich machine. This will flatten your sandwich whilst browning the bread and adding some crunch. A preheated oven (200°C) will do a similar job.
  • When the sandwich is desirably toasted (+- 4 minutes) move it to a baking tray.
  • Pour the remaining bechamel, then mozzarella, then spring onions and chilli flakes over the top of the sandwich.
  • Place into the middle of the oven (so that it does not burn the cheese) and allow to grill for 5-10 minutes, removing when the cheese is starting to brown and bubble.
  • Whilst the sandwich is grilling fry your egg sunny side up or to your taste and set aside.
  • Remove from the oven, place the egg on top of the sandwich and season with salt, pepper and your choice of chimichurri or fresh basil.
  • Dig in!

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