Cheese & Pickle Croque Madame

We’ve taken the classic ham and cheese sandwich and given it a ‘could-this-be-more-British’ upgrade with our pals at Warburtons and Branston Pickle. Technically a Croque Madame (ooh la la) because of our fried egg on top (which is a revelation by the way), this is our go-to snack, lunch, or light dinner and it’s always a winner!

10 minutes

Serves 1 people


  • 2 slices Warburtons Toastie white bread
  • 2 tablespoons original Branston Pickle
  • 50g thick-cut, good quality ham
  • 50g cheese of your choice, we use a cheddar and mozzarella mix, grated
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 Big N Free egg
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper


  1. Place two slices of Warburtons Toastie white bread on a clean board and spoon a tablespoon of Branston Pickle on each slice, spreading it out evenly using the back of the spoon.
  2. Sprinkle each slice with the cheese before laying the ham on one side. Carefully flip just the cheese slice onto the ham slice to form a sandwich that encases the ham in the middle.
  3. Melt the butter in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Gently place in the sandwich and allow to toast for 2-3 minutes until golden and crisp. Carefully flip the sandwich and toast for another 2 minutes until golden and the cheese is nicely melted and oozy.
  4. In the meantime, crack the egg into the pan and fry until the white is perfectly set and the yolk is still runny.
  5. Using a spatula, remove the toasted sandwich from the pan onto a serving board or plate. Lay the fried egg on top of the sandwich and season with a little salt and pepper. Enjoy straight away alongside a fresh green salad if you want to make it more of a meal.