Grilled cheese croque madame



20 min


40 min



Grilled cheese croque madame

Photo, Erik Putz.

The mighty egg pulls double duty, serving as a great start to your morning or a hearty and healthy evening meal.


  • 8 thick slices sourdough bread
  • 1 3/4 cups grated gruyère cheese , divided
  • 4 slices sodium-reduced ham
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 eggs


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • TOP each of 4 slices of bread with 2 tbsp cheese, a slice of ham, 2 more tbsp cheese, then another slice of bread. Spread mayo on the outsides of each sandwich.
  • PREHEAT broiler.
  • BÉCHAMEL: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture turns into a paste, about 2 min. Do not let it brown. Gradually whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium and cook until sauce thickens, 4 to 5 more min. Stir in salt and remaining 3/4 cup of the cheese. When cheese is melted, set aside.
  • HEAT a large cast iron frying pan over medium. Cook sandwiches until browned, 2 to 3 min per side, and top with béchamel. You may have to do this in 2 batches. Broil until tops are golden brown, 1 to 2 min.
  • SPRAY a frying pan with cooking spray and set over medium. Crack eggs into pan. Cook until whites are just set, 3 to 4 min. Top each sandwich with a fried egg. Serve with a green salad.

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Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 681,
  • Protein
  • 35 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 52 g,
  • Fat
  • 37 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 1111 mg.
  • Excellent source of
  • vitamin A

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