Croque Madame

By Chad Carns

My Croque Madame recipe is perfect for lunch or breakfast.

I fell in love with this French bistro classic when I stayed in the 16th arrondissement of Paris a few blocks from Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil. I remember trying it for the first time and getting hooked. The flavors reminded me of home but France just seemed to take it to the next level. They seemed to take a lot of things to the next level including cheese, wine, wild game and art.

My take on a Croque Madame is easy. Just a handful of everyday ingredients you can find at any market.


3 T butter
2 T flour
1 1/2 c milk
1/4 t nutmeg
4 oz Gruyere Cheese, grated
4 thick bread slices
1 T Dijon mustard
1/4 lb ham. thinly sliced
2 eggs


Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in skillet. Whisk in flour. Cook for 3 minutes on low heat. Add milk and whisk for 5 minutes. Stir in nutmeg and cheese. Remove. Spread cheese mixture on two slices of bread. (Save 2 ounces of cheese mixture.) Cover other pieces of bread with mustard and ham. Combine slices of bread to make two sandwiches. Fry in butter until crisp. Spoon remaining cheese mixture on top of sandwich. Broil until golden brown. Fry an egg. Place egg on top of sandwich.

Tip: Can’t find Gruyere? Just use Fontina!

Croque Madame
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About The Author

Chad Carns
Founder / Food & Drink Editor

Chad Carns put his Digital Creative Director job on hold to follow his passion for food, wine and culture downtown to Greenwich Village where he wrote, designed and independently published The Gourmet Bachelor, a trendy cookbook featuring easy recipes for two. Carns studied culinary arts and wine at prestigious institutions in NYC. He is a distinguished guest judge at International Culinary Center, certified Tuscan Wine Master and Founder / Food and Drink Editor of The Gourmet Bachelor.

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