Croque madame recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 666 calories / serving
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For a classic French breakfast recipe, give this delicious croque madame a try. Slices of crisp, toasted sourdough, layered with fresh ham, Gruyère cheese and creamy béchamel sauce, all topped off with a perfectly cooked egg. This French take on cheese on toast is extra delicious and ready in a matter of minutes.

  1. To make the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a pan. Add the flour and stir for a couple of minutes to make a paste. Gradually stir in the milk until you have a thick, smooth sauce. Stir in the mustard, freshly grated nutmeg and some seasoning, to taste.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Toast the bread on both sides until golden. Top each slice of toast with a ham slice and some grated cheese. Transfer to a baking sheet and spoon over the béchamel sauce. Grill until bubbling and golden.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a frying pan. Crack in the eggs and fry until the whites are set but the yolks are still soft. Serve two slices of toast per person, topped with an egg. 

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If serving vulnerable groups, elderly people, toddlers, pregnant women and people who are unwell, cook eggs until the whites and yolks are solid.

As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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  • Ingredients

  • 8 sourdough slices
  • 8 ham slices
  • 150g (5oz) Gruyère, grated
  • sunflower oil, for frying
  • 4 eggs
  • For the béchamel sauce

  • 45g (1 3/4oz) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 175ml (6fl oz) whole milk
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • fresh nutmeg, for grating
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  • Energy 2776kj 666kcal 33%
  • Fat 40.2g 57%
  • Saturates 18.4g 92%
  • Sugars 3.7g 4%
  • Salt 3.8g 64%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 34.7g Protein 41.3g Fibre 3g

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