Bonjour, Croque Madame!

Up your lunch, brunch or dinner game with a decadent Croque Madame sandwich. Crunchy sourdough, oozy cheese sauce and salty ham, all topped with a fried egg.

15 minutes

Serves 4 people


  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 180ml milk
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • A handful of gruyere cheese, grated
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices of sourdough
  • Olive oil
  • A 150g selection of your favourite cheese grated (cheddar, gruyere, comte, mozzarella.)
  • 8 slices of ham
  • 4 Free Range Ethical Eggs


  1. Place a saucepan on a low heat, add the butter and allow to melt.
  2. Stir in the flour and keep stirring until it is bubbling.
  3. Stir in the milk a little at a time and keep stirring until the sauce is smooth and coats the back of the spoon.
  4. When it’s ready, stir in the mustard, cheese and a good grating of nutmeg. Turn off the heat and place the pan to one side.
  5. Pre-heat the grill to medium.
  6. Arrange the slices of bread on to a large baking tray. You may need to do this in batches.
  7. Toast the bread on both sides, then repeat with the remaining bread.
  8. To build your sandwiches, spread four slices of toast with sauce, top with a slice of ham and a sprinkling of cheese.
  9. Top with another slice of ham and a little more cheese.
  10. Top with another piece of toast, spoon over a little sauce and place back on the baking tray.
  11. Place the sandwiches back under the grill until the sauce is golden and bubbling. Fry the eggs to your liking.
  12. When the sandwiches are ready, top each with a fried egg and sprinkling of black pepper. Serve with grilled cherry tomatoes and salad if you fancy it.