Easy Croque-Madame (Ham and Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fried Egg) Recipe

Easy Croque-Madame (Ham and Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fried Egg) Recipe

How To Make Easy Croque-Madame (Ham and Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fried Egg)

Croque-madame is a classic French sandwich equivalent to our ham and cheese sandwich. This recipe is topped with a fried egg and perfect for lunch.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • 2slices sandwich bread,any favorite variety
  • 2tbspmayonnaise
  • 1tbspdijon mustard
  • 2slicesgruyere,or other firm, melting cheese, like comté, emmental, jarlsberg, or enough cheese to cover the bread slices
  • 2deli ham,thin slices, like back forest
  • 2tbspmayonnaise
  • tbspbutter
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1largeegg
  • tsppinch salt
  • tsppinch black pepper
  • 1tbspfresh thyme,or parsley, chopped


  1. Spread both slices of bread with mayonnaise. Flip them over and spread the other side with mustard. Onto one slice of bread, layer a slice of cheese, the ham, and the other slice of cheese.

  2. Top with the other slice of bread, mustard-side down. (The mayonnaise sides should face out.)

  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the sandwich. If there is a bacon press, grill press, or panini press, set it on top to weight the sandwich down.

  4. Cook for 3 minutes, or until the bottom slice of bread is golden. Carefully flip the sandwich in the skillet. Set the bacon press back on top (or press with the flat of a spatula), and cook another 3 minutes or until the underside is golden. Transfer to a plate.

  5. Wipe out the skillet. Heat the olive oil in the skillet over medium heat until the oil shimmers and flows easily. Add the egg and cook for 1 minute exactly.

  6. Cover the skillet and cook for another 30 to 60 seconds, or until all the whites are set. (A runny yolk is preferred for this sandwich, however cook the egg for longer for a more hard-cooked yolk.)

  7. Slide the egg onto the top of the sandwich. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, along with thyme or parsley. Serve immediately.


  • Calories: 30495.85kcal
  • Fat: 1780.28g
  • Saturated Fat: 590.16g
  • Trans Fat: 0.73g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 832.22g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 237.16g
  • Carbohydrates: 715.33g
  • Fiber: 3.31g
  • Sugar: 3.97g
  • Protein: 2720.92g
  • Cholesterol: 9937.64mg
  • Sodium: 170713.49mg
  • Calcium: 1838.27mg
  • Potassium: 52284.97mg
  • Iron: 139.11mg
  • Vitamin A: 383.98µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.01mg
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