Croque Madame

Croque Madame
  • 2 servings
  • 40 minutes to prepare
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  • 4 slices of fresh Artisan bread
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 slices of York ham
  • 50g Gruyere cheese
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • For the cheese sauce
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 4-5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 100g Gruyere cheese
  • 1tsp fresh-snipped chives


  1. The first stage of this recipe is to make the cheese sauce. Place the milk into a microwavable jug and warm through. Melt the butter in a small saucepan; mix in the flour with a wooden spoon.
  2. Over a low heat slowly add the milk little by little whilst continually mixing until you have a lovely glossy white sauce.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients and leave to cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring every so often. Remove from the heat.
  4. Place a griddle pan over a medium heat. Brush the olive oil over both sides of the bread and griddle until nicely charred.
  5. Pre-heat the grill. Place the ham and gruyere over two of the slices and pop under the grill until the cheese begins to melt.
  6. Pop the other slices of griddled bread on to sandwich together. Place onto a tray, spoon over some of the cheese sauce and place under the grill until golden.
  7. Meanwhile fry a couple of eggs and serve on the croquet monsieur with a scattering of fresh chives.