Croque Madame

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2

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  • 4 Slices Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse™ Hearty White Bread
  • 6 slices Hillshire Farm® Thin Sliced Honey Ham lunch meat
  • 3 teaspoon Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup prepared bechamel sauce, warmed *see note


  1. Preheat the oven to broil, rack in the middle.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack in it. Place 4 slices of Farmhouse™ Hearty White Bread on the rack and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  3. Remove from the oven, remove 2 slices of bread from the tray and flip the other 2 slices over (broiled side facing down). On the 2 pieces of bread on the tray place 3 slices of Hillshire Farm® Thin Sliced Honey Ham lunch meat. Evenly divide the shredded cheese and place on top of the ham.
  4. Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  5. While the cheese is melting spread 1 1/2 teaspoon of Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise on the 2 other slices of bread.
  6. When the cheese is melted, remove it from the oven and place the bread with the Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise side facing down on top of the melted cheese.
  7. Evenly pour/spread the warmed bechamel over top of the bread.
  8. Pop this back in the oven and broil for another 1-2 minutes just until the bechamel starts to bubble. ~1-2 minutes.
  9. While the bechamel is broiling cook the eggs in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the whites are set and the yolk is still runny.
  10. Remove the bread from the oven and place the dippy eggs on top.
  11. Serve immediately.


If you want you can make homemade bechamel:
2 tablespoon butter, unsalted
2 tablespoon flour
1 1/4 cup of milk
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of fresh grated nutmeg

1. In a saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. When the butter begins to foam add in the flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 5 minutes whisking often.
2. Slowly pour in the milk a little at the time whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Once the milk is all poured in, reduce the heat to medium low and whisk until the sauce thickens. ~5-7 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and add in the salt, pepper and nutmeg stirring to combine.

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