Untraditional Croque Madame or French Ham, Cheese and Egg Sandwich

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When we lived in Paris often times Hubby and I headed out for day long exploratory walks of  our Parisian surroundings. Those long walks of never ending boulevards always left us hungry, a lunch break was a must. Unless it was raining, we’d sit at typical Parisian sidewalk cafes. Many of the sidewalk cafes have small round tables, tightly packed in, and all facing towards the hustle and bustle of the street. If we were lucky the sun would shine on us as we ate our lunch.

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One of my absolute favorite lunches from a Parisian cafe is Croque Madame, occasionally Croque Monsieur.  Alongside my Croque Madame lunch I always had a cup of cafe creme, and sometimes a glass of red. What could be more perfect, sitting in a cafe enjoying a typical snack all while enjoying the famous Parisian cafe life? Not much.

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Croque Madame is a French grilled sandwich made with toast, ham, cheese and a poached or fried egg on top. A variation of Croque Madame is Croque Monsieur, which is the same as previously mentioned but minus the egg. Traditionally the sandwich is made using Gruyere or Emmental cheese and ham, though many other variations also exist. These quick sandwiches first appeared on Parisian menus in 1910 yet nobody seems to know why and how they got the name. Nowadays Croque Madame, Croque Monsieur  and their variations can be found across France in cafes and bars.

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Since moving to Prague when the craving for a Croque Madame strikes it is up to us to make our own croque.  But instead of it being lunch we like to have croque for dinner. They are perfect for busy nights or when you want a lighter dinner. I usually don’t stick to the traditional cheeses or pain de mie that is so common with croques. Depending on the type of bread and cheese in the kitchen my Croque Madame take on different looks. This one I made using Gouda and a country flax seed bread. Improvise and adjust to your taste.

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Croque Madame or French Ham, Cheese and Egg Sandwich
country bread, or your favorite bread
cheese, I’m using Gouda- traditionally Gruyere or Emmental are used
eggs
ham
butter

Heat a grill or large pan. Slice the bread as desired. Melt some butter into hot pan, place the bread in pan add cheese slice(s) and ham then place a bread slice on top. Cook until bottom side begins to toast then flip and toast the other side. Cook until cheese melts. Set aside. (Essentially you make a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.)

Add a little more butter to the pan and fry egg sunny side up. Serve the fried egg on top of grilled sandwich. If desired serve with a small green side salad.

Croque Madame; sandwich; Paris; French; bread; egg; cheese; ham; gouda; recipe; fast; dinner; lunch; brunch; Spicie Foodie

The sunny side up egg, or poached, is a must. The runny, buttery yolk flows down the sandwich and gives you an extra burst of flavor. If you use a hard egg you’ll really miss out on the full Croque Madame experience. Now doesn’t that just look like a delicious mess?

 

Comments

  1. says

    Beautiful sandwich. I’ve only ordered it once in a French Restaurant here in Denver. Some day I’m going to make one … I’ve promised myself. :)

  2. says

    Wow … this makes me want to run out to the store and buy ham and cheese. (I have bread and eggs.) You did a beautiful job! Pinning this one.

  3. says

    It’s night time but I’m already excited to try this tomorrow brunch. Runny egg yolk… beautiful shot! You are really detail. I like how you put the leaves on the bread and plate. :-) Really cute accent!

  4. says

    It’s amazing how a soft poached egg can lift so many dishes. We also have similar sandwiches when I can’t think of what to cook but I have never added the egg on top like that. Wil do next time.

  5. says

    Croque Madame or Monsieur were my “go-to” lunches (and crepes, of course) when I lived in Paris. Your photos are so lovely and inspiring. I’m going down memory lane as I read this.

  6. says

    When I went to Paris last year, this was the first thing I ate. It has always been one of my favorite, favorite sandwiches. When I am feeling “thin” this is what I induldge in!

  7. says

    Sign me up for this lovely sandwich!! Eggs with a sandwich are so enticing!! How I envy you walking the streets of Paris exploring. I was only there for 2 days and it was a “hike” to see as much of the attractions as possible. Someday…. I want go back and do it the way you have done it. :) Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Ramona

  8. says

    It is really a great snack for the evening or the breakfast. I am sure it will keep your taste buds happy and you full for few hours to go.

  9. says

    What a fancy sammy! Looks awesome, bet it tastes amazing with that runny yolk. Wish I could be living a lovely french life ,Even if it’s just for a few weeks ;-) Congrats on top 9!

  10. says

    Hi, Nancy! Your Croque Madame is mouthwateringly beautiful. It’s one of my favorite sandwiches–so simple but really so satisfying. You’ve described the perfect lunch setting in Paris and I agree there’s not much better than that. :)

  11. says

    Yes, yes, yes, that runny egg is a MUST. I love anything with a fried egg on top, and this sandwich is divine!!!!

  12. Fender says

    Croque Madame & Monsieur are a favorite of mine. I’m having it for supper tonight. Thanks for your take on it!

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