Croque Madame – Grilled Cheese, Ham, and Egg Sandwich

Croque Madame Grilled Cheese Sandwich Egg

A Croque Madame is a grilled cheese and smoked ham sandwich topped with a sunny side up egg. I used Black Forest ham, Gruyère cheese, and whole wheat sourdough bread because I want to be known as That Guy who makes a mean sandwich.

Within minutes, this mini-sandwich was reduced to traces of errant crumbs and fingertip grease. No egg yolk dribbled and wasted.

Skip on the fried egg you sissy and you end up with a Croque Monsieur. Who knew that eggs can define gender? Oh, nevermind.

The sudden need to make such a sandwich came from an unexpected source. You may have heard that expressing random thoughts in 140 characters or less is what the cool kids are doing right now. You’re not limited to digital words, though. You can also tweet links to photos of all things mundane. Such as dinner.

Which leads to this awe-inspiring photo of Croque Madame served with tempura green beans. Does that look good or what?

Now go make your own or visit the Paramount Room if you’re in the neighborhood.

recipe adapted from Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book: The Best Sandwiches Ever
Grilled Cheese Pageant hosted by Kathy

Croque Madame
Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich Topped with a Fried Egg

makes 1 sandwich

Croque Madame Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ham


2 slices crusty white OR whole wheat bread (preferably sourdough) OR brioche
softened butter
2 ounces Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced
3 to 4 ounces smoked ham, preferably Black Forest, thinly sliced

1 fried egg, sunny side up
kosher salt or coarse sea salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. Brush one side of each slice of bread lightly with softened butter. With the buttered side down, evenly cover one slice of bread with cheese and smoked ham. Place the second slice of bread on top, buttered side up.
  2. Place the sandwich in a preheated panini-style grill or between a hot cast iron skillet and press. Grill until the bread is sizzling and lightly browned.
  3. Top the grilled sandwich with the fried egg. Season with salt and pepper.

Croque Madame Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A Croque Monsieur about to be emasculated by… laying an egg on top? Alright, then.

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65 Responses to “Croque Madame – Grilled Cheese, Ham, and Egg Sandwich”

  1. Marija says:

    I really IS a mean sandwich ;)

  2. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Man that really is a mean sandwich!
    The best one I ever had was in Normandy. We were there just before Spring, places were still pretty vacant. We stopped in a little place, the guy told us his wife, the cook, had already left and the only thing he could fix was a Croque -Mr or Madame! We both got Madames and oh were they good.
    Very excellent Jude!

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  4. Y says:

    Looks tasty! I usually like mine with the egg inside the sandwich, and the whole thing panfried in butter until golden brown (yes, just when you think you couldn’t incorporate more grease into it…!)

  5. Rosa says:

    A wonderful homemade take on that scrumptious classic! Yummy!



  6. snooky doodle says:

    oh this sandwich is awesome the only problem I have is I don’t know if my mouth is big enough. Well I would gobble it for sure :)

  7. kat says:

    This is the sandwich my husband dreams about

  8. Sean says:

    Wow. Would’ve loved to have this for breakfast today haha. Looks awesome

  9. Leela says:

    Hey That Guy Who Makes a Mean Sandwich, thanks for giving me an idea on what to do with the extra loaf of brioche from last week that I stll have in the freezer.

  10. Christina@DeglazeMe says:

    Jude, anything with a fried egg on it makes my stomach growl. Yum!!!

  11. megan (brooklyn farmhouse) says:

    Perfection. Hangover cure. I need one right now.

  12. rainbowbrown says:

    You put a fried egg on top of just about anything and you’ve got me – this sounds flipping incredible.

  13. oggi says:

    You read my mind. I have a loaf of brioche baking in the oven which I will slice and make later today into both madame and monsieur.:)

  14. Natashya says:

    That is one mean sandwich! Looks so very yummy.

  15. Vicki says:

    Beautiful! I’m with Y, I’d probably put the egg on the inside, otherwise I’d have to knife/fork the sandwich.

  16. Jaime says:

    what’s funny is i had my first croque monsier a few months ago at la madeleine, a restaurant in Dallas… then we went to Paris and i saw the croque monsier and croque madame on the menu and wondered what it was. when i asked the waiter about it, he explained it to me….but i still couldn’t picture it – but look how lovely yours is!

  17. Joie de vivre says:

    This sandwich officially makes you the guy with the mean sandwich! I never put it together about the sandwich gender until you pointed it out. Interesting.

  18. Elle says:

    Beautiful to look at and eaten with no drips from the egg…I’m impressed!

  19. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:

    Looks great Jude! A great sandwich is a force to be reckoned with :)

  20. joey says:

    You do make a mean sandwich! I love this…adding and fried egg to a ham & cheese is definitely something I would do, and croque madame is my mom’s fave…so I gues there is something “madame” about it! ;) Anyway you look at it, this is a fantastic sandwich!

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  22. sweetbird says:

    I love croque madames. Well…really anything with an egg on top gets an A in my book. Especially burgers…yum.

  23. grace says:

    the croque madame is clearly superior to the croque monsieur. :)
    great, great sandwich.

  24. Kate says:

    Just found your blog (thanks for visiting mine) and this is BEAUTIFUL!! On April 9 the Barefoot Bloggers (a group of us cooking Ina Garten challenges) will be making uploading our versions of Croque Monsieur Sandwiches (but made with a Bechamel sauce). I’d heard of both versions (with and without the female-defining egg) and had already contemplated adding an egg to mine — I love egg yolk. Your post and your beautiful photography closes the deal — I am adding an egg for sure. This sandwich is making me hungry for breakfast right now.

  25. Tangled Noodle says:

    Delicious! Would it be sacrilegious to add a sauce? Let’s really tart up this lady – Croque Madama à l’Hollandaise! (Greg at has a great mustard-based recipe)

  26. Deelish Dish says:

    Mmm! I think I’ve had this more in the U.S. than in France but all I remember from high school French was saying “Croque Monsieur” and “Croque Madame” with a god-awful accent. Tough to say, delicious to eat!

  27. Girl says:

    You my dear make grilled cheese look not only Delicious but fabulously chic. Oh and the CHEESE… yummers.

  28. Selba says:

    A new idea to put the egg on the top :)

  29. noobcook says:

    I am loving those grill marks on your bread. Everything that comes out from your kitchen is just so beautiful and delectable =D

  30. Faery says:

    Beautiful it looks so delicious and the picture is tempting me so i’ll run into the kitchen to make my Croque Madame :)

  31. maryann says:

    It looks really mean ;)

  32. Teanna says:

    WOW I would just LOVE one of those right now… so much better than my boring breakfast of cereal!

  33. Shari says:

    I think I’ll have this for supper tonight! Yum.

  34. Jillian says:

    This is my favorite sandwich- your version looks great!

  35. Caitlin says:

    I want it. And you should never, ever waste egg yolk. Nectar of the gods.

  36. Lori says:

    That looks so good. I have never had either, Mr. or Mrs.

  37. Heather says:

    I very nearly ordered this for lunch the other day, and now I just might have to go back and do that.

  38. Irene says:

    Hehehehe… your post made me chuckle. His and hers sandwiches? I will take mine with the egg… ;)

  39. Esi says:

    I just tried the madame for my first time recently and I think it’s my new favorite. So delicious especially with the egg!

  40. Maggie says:

    Perfect looking sandwich! Everything is better with a fried egg on top.

  41. courtney says:

    I havent had one of these in ages. So good.

  42. Dragon says:

    Comfort food at it’s best. Yum!

  43. Elizabeth says:

    oh yum yum yum! That gruyere…

  44. Sophie says:

    I could eat this any time, breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. It would certainly make my day, especially with the cheese and yummy egg!

  45. Jacque says:

    Now that’s my kind of sandwich! Looks fantastic.

  46. RebeccaC says:

    Num! I think I ate a dozen or so sunny-side up eggs during my honeymoon and I can’t seem to shake the crave. This reminds me of a sandwich I read about from Tom Collichio’s new book, ‘witchcraft, which involved eggs and gorgonzola…I might toy with the idea of replacing the ham with some thick-cut bacon. Is that wrong?
    P.S. LOVE the Paramount Room

  47. Lori Lynn says:

    My your sandwich and those beans both look fantastic!
    I need to find out more about twitpic. That’s neat!

  48. Manggy says:

    Well, what did you think ovaries were? Heh. Well, I guess I am a sissy then, but there’s still no way I would refuse this sandwich if it were place in front of me right now!

  49. Kevin says:

    That is one good looking sandwich!

  50. CookiePie says:

    YUM – that looks like a perfect lunch! Or breakfast, or dinner, or snack…

  51. Cynthia says:

    I wish I could have that sandwich for dinner tonight.

  52. heather says:

    you said it – you really can’t go wrong with an egg on top!!



  53. Peter says:

    Jude, that’s a mean sandwich…a towering brekkie or lunch!

  54. Kate, Tangled — The Croque Monsieur recipe I have here calls for a Mornay sauce. I’m sure a little bit of sauce with the egg and maybe some fresh herbs woud be great.

    Rebecca – Grilled bacon egg and cheese sandwich? Sounds good to me.

  55. The Duo Dishes says:

    The madame beats the monsieur by far! Yummm.

  56. Ela says:

    this looks really mean. either as Croque MAdame or Croque Monsieur…

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  58. Eninah says:

    Wow. A mean recipe! Looks like from a class hotel. I’ll try this for a dinner with my wife.

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