Grilled cheese croque madame

Prep 20 min
Total 40 min
Serves 4



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


1 tbsp
1 tbsp
all-purpose flour
3/4 cup
1/4 tsp


  • 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.

Kitchen Tip: We found PC Blue Menu Extra Lean Stone Roasted Ham worked well during testing.


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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