Croque Madame

This croque madame is the perfect combination of bechamel cheese sauce, Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed between two slices of crusty bread and topped with a fried egg. Perfect for breakfast or dinner.

This croque madame is the perfect combination of bechamel cheese sauce, Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed between two slices of crusty bread and topped with a fried egg. Perfect for breakfast or dinner.

I guess I should probably apologize right off the bat for all the pictures in this post. When I was editing them I loved them all so into the post they went. It’s the photography equivalent of wearing too many accessories with your clothing.

But since I have never been one to care about fashion I can use that as an excuse for my picture oversharing.

You’ll forgive me…right?

{Seriously people I have zero fashion sense. I just bought a new pair of Uggs because I still love them. Who is still buying Uggs? This “throw fashion and good taste right out the window” girl that’s who.}

This croque madame is the perfect combination of bechamel cheese sauce, Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed between two slices of crusty bread and topped with a fried egg. Perfect for breakfast or dinner.

When I go to brunch on the weekends I almost always order a croque madame. How can you go wrong with fresh bread, Dijon mustard, cheese sauce, meat and a fried egg. It’s really just a fancy version of a breakfast sandwich.

Like, super fancy.

This croque madame is the perfect combination of bechamel cheese sauce, Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed between two slices of crusty bread and topped with a fried egg. Perfect for breakfast or dinner.

Traditionally folks use thin sliced ham to make a croque madame but I switched it up by using Jones Dairy Farm Canadian bacon instead. I personally prefer the Canadian bacon because it’s sliced a little thicker and gives a more ham flavored punch to the sandwich.

Plus, if you’re still thinking to yourself “yeah…this is really just a fancy egg sandwich” then Canadian bacon fits in ever better here. Am I right?

This croque madame is the perfect combination of bechamel cheese sauce, Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed between two slices of crusty bread and topped with a fried egg. Perfect for breakfast or dinner.

Even though I don’t get up every morning and make breakfast I think this dish is totally worth it. All you have to do is make a simple white cheese sauce using shredded Swiss (traditionally you would use Gruyere but it’s slightly more economical to use Swiss cheese) a pinch of nutmeg and a few fresh thyme leaves. It’s so simple you can make in under 10 minutes.

This croque madame is the perfect combination of bechamel cheese sauce, Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed between two slices of crusty bread and topped with a fried egg. Perfect for breakfast or dinner.

Then you make up your sandwich, slather it in cheese sauce, broil and top with a fried egg. It’s seriously the most delicious thing ever. I really do like these beauties for brunch but they make a fantastic dinner too. Shoot, they make a fantastic anytime meal.

I would happily eat one of these for a midnight snack. Do you think Art would hate me if I woke him up to make me one?

This croque madame is the perfect combination of bechamel cheese sauce, Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed between two slices of crusty bread and topped with a fried egg. Perfect for breakfast or dinner.

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Croque Madame

This croque madame is the perfect combination of bechamel cheese sauce, Canadian bacon and Swiss cheese stuffed between two slices of crusty bread. Perfect for breakfast or dinner.

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Pinch fresh grated nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 thick slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices Canadian bacon
  • 2 large eggs, fried

Directions:

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat liner, set aside.

In a medium sized skillet add butter and melt over medium heat.

Once the butter is melted whisk in the flour and whisk until the mixture is smooth and there are no flour clumps.

Slowly whisk in the milk and keep whisking until smooth and the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and whisk in 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, fresh thyme leaves, grated nutmeg, kosher salt and ground pepper.

Lay out all 4 pieces of bread and spread each slice with equal amounts of Dijon mustard and then top each slice with 1 tablespoon Swiss cheese sauce.

Cover 2 slices each with 4 slices Canadian bacon and 2 tablespoons per slice shredded Swiss cheese.

Place your Canadian bacon and cheese topped slices to your prepared baking pan. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted, browned and bubbly.

Remove from the oven and top with remaining slice of bread, cheese sauce side down. Top each sandwich with equal parts Swiss cheese sauce and remaining shredded swiss cheese.

Place back under the broiler and cook until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly.

When sandwich is fully cooked top with egg and enjoy.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm. As always all opinions and nonsensical rambling is 100% my own.

33 Responses to “Croque Madame”

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    Christie — January 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

    This looks soooooo good! I agree with you; who can resist bread, meat, cheese, AND a fried egg!! Yum! Pinned

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 16, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Pretty sure I put more pics than this in EVERY post…so no apology necessary.
    Especially no apology for fried egg goodness. This is a winner! Pinned!

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    Susan — January 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

    You are totally forgiven for posting all the pictures but now I want a croque madame. It’s breakfast perfection.

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — January 16, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I can’t tell you how happy this sandwich makes me! 1. I LOVE a fried egg like that! 2. In high school, we went to NY with the French club and had lunch at this divey little restaurant. Croque Madame, of course, was on the menu. This sandwich so takes me back.

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    Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog — January 16, 2015 at 9:02 am

    No way is this picture overload … I can’t get over how delicious this sounds — I LOVE LOVE LOVE croque madames … Mmmm yum!

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    Aggie — January 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Goodness gracious I want this now!! Amazing girl.

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — January 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

    oh my gawd, girl. . this is pure awesomeness. . croque madames happen to be my ultimate FAVE savory breakfast/brunch meal ever!!! I love making croque-madame waffles!!! love love love this! And here’s hoping you get a T.Diggs follow today 😛 😛

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    Shashi @ runninsrilankan — January 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Wow – glad you put in all the pictures – this is simply decadent! That melty yolk – I cannot stop staring!!!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

    These photos are gorgeous! I totally don’t blame you for using all of them! Also, I bought new Uggs this winter and I’ve already decided which ones I’m buying next winter. Sometimes a girl just needs ugly, cozy boots.

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    heather @french press — January 16, 2015 at 10:59 am

    these pictures – the more the merrier I say, and they just reminded me how much I LOVE a croque madame

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    Cookin Canuck — January 16, 2015 at 11:11 am

    My stomach actually starting grumbling when I was looking at these pictures. What a beautiful, decadent, drool-worthy Croque Madame!

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    Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do — January 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Every picture is totally justified. Fried eggs look so amazing, and these are especially beautiful! I don’t often use that term for food photography, but whoa. I would definitely take one of these for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner, or anytime.

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    Cat @ Breakfast to Bed — January 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

    just looking at those pictures makes me need a mimosa like I need my next breath.

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    The Food Hunter — January 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I could look at this all day long…it looks absolutely delicious.

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    OMG that egg… swoon! Love the idea of a croque madame. I almost made a Canadian Bacon Croque Monsieur! haha

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    Susan@LunaCafe — January 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Beautiful take on this classic. Lovely shots!

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    Whit @ Jewhungry — January 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    See now, if I ever went non-kosher, this is what I’d do it for. Daaaaang.

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    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — January 16, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    YES to this in its entirety! I would so prefer Canadian Bacon on mice and yes to all of the glorious, gorgeous, hunger-inducing photos!

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    Martha@A Family Feast — January 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I’m practically licking my computer monitor…those photos and that sandwich are AMAZING!

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    Peggy Gilbey McMackin — January 16, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    This looks lovely, including your photos, not much of a breakfast eater myself, but this easily transitions for lunch or dinner. And PS. Folks are still wearing Ugg’s in Philly and Baltimore!

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — January 16, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    This looks amazing! And breakfast is my all time favorite meal of the day! Love this!

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    Lisa — January 16, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    My kids would LOVE this! I think I’ll surprise them with this soon! Pinning now!

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    Laura — January 16, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I can see why you couldn’t choose between the photos! Personally I pinned the second one–I am a sucker for a broken yolk oozing like that. Yum!

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    Heather / girlichef — January 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    This is basically a work of art. I’d seriously frame any of these photos and hang them in my kitchen. YUM!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — January 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Just perfect! I’m dying over the bechamel cheese sauce and egg!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — January 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Croque Madames and Monsieurs are my ultimate comfort food.. I have to make your recipe, this looks so delicious!

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    Katrina — January 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Divine food and photos! Seriously. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten was a croque monsieur (don’t remember it having an egg) at a cute little bistro in NYC.

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

    That’s it. I can no longer read your blog in the morning before I’ve had breakfast. This is to die for!

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    Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) — January 19, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Oh my goodness! That looks amazing!

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — January 19, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I admit it – I wear too many accessories. I also post way too many blog photos. I march to the beat of my own drummer. Now this sandwich!! Seriously, I am down with anything with cheese sauce, a fried egg on top, and a french name. I like to be fancy like that.

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    Amanda @ The Kitcheneer — January 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I would totally become a morning person for this! YUM

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