Fancy Croque-madames

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve had a comfort food kind of weekend, and lunch was no exception: croque-madames have been the lunchtime staple these past few days. These fancy cheese and ham toasties are simply delicious and even better than the original with an egg on top.

Eggs make my day every time.

Now, you may not have heard the term “croque-madame” before, but I’m sure you’re familiar with “croque-monsieur”, which is the French equivalent of fried or grilled cheese and ham sandwiches, often topped with béchamel sauce.

Do you know why we call these Madame (Mrs) instead of Monsieur (Mr)?

Because they have hats.

Egg hats.

I am being dead serious.

And I’m fairly certain this is reason enough to eat these bad boys. I mean, girls. Hmph. You know what I mean.


Serves 1


2 slices of wholemeal or sourdough bread

Dijon mustard

Salted butter

50g comté or gruyère cheese, grated

20ml crème fraiche

One or two slices of thinly sliced ham

1 egg

1. Spread a little Dijon mustard on each slice of bread, to taste. Make a sandwich with half the cheese and the ham.

2. Spread the outside of the sandwich with butter.

3. In a pan over medium heat, fry the sandwich on both sides until both of these are crisp and brown. Meanwhile, mix in creme fraiche with the rest of the grated cheese.

4. Turn on the grill. Spread the cheese and cream mixture on the top of your sandwich then place under the grill until the cheese bubbles. Place sandwich on a plate.

5. In the same pan you used to fry the croque-monsieur (or separate pan, as you wish), fry the egg. When it’s cooked, season and place on top of sandwich to finish your croque-madame.

6. Serve with a fresh salad.


7. Enjoy!

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