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Classic Croque Madame

Classic Croque Madame
When preparing the béchamel sauce for this French sandwich, be sure to include the optional shredded cheese (see related recipe at right).
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 slices toasted brioche, each 1/2 inch thick
  • 8 oz. thinly sliced Black Forest ham
  • 1 1/2 cups béchamel sauce
  • 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • 4 eggs


Preheat a broiler. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the brioche slices on the prepared baking sheet. Top each of 4 slices with 2 oz. ham. Top all slices with 3 Tbs. of the béchamel sauce, spreading it evenly with a knife. Top all slices with 2 Tbs. of the cheese. Broil until the cheese is bubbling and light brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a nonstick fry pan over medium-low heat, cook the eggs sunny-side up. Stack the 4 slices without ham onto the ham-topped slices. Top each sandwich with 1 egg. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.