Croque madame


Serves 4

This breakfast dish is one of our favourites and is great to impress your friends. Croque madame is a traditional French dish using gruyère cheese and Béchamel sauce to transform a simple ham and cheese toasted sandwich into something truly decadent. An alternative is a croque monsieur, same recipe but  without the fried egg on top. We fry the eggs keeping them quite runny, which acts like a sauce spilling over the sandwich. Try other alternatives such as adding sliced tomato, mushrooms, or spinach instead of ham (or with). It’s not traditional but still delicious.  


  • 25g smoked manuka butter
  • 1½ tbsp flour
  • 1½ cup milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup grated gruyère (plus extra for top)
  • 8 slices of ciabatta
  • 4 tsp walnut mustard (Edmond Fallot—Moutarde Aux Noix)
  • Sliced ham
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 eggs


  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees, fan bake
  2. To make the Béchamel, melt butter in a medium pot on medium heat
  3. Stir flour into the butter, mix well
  4. Slowly pour in milk while stirring until thickened and season with salt and pepper
  5. Mix through 1 cup grated gruyère, stir until melted
  6. Lightly toast ciabatta in toaster
  7. On an oven tray, spread 1 tsp walnut mustard on four pieces of ciabatta
  8. Top with slices of ham and spread 2 tbsp of the cheese sauce on each
  9. Top with the other piece of ciabatta to make a sandwich
  10. Spread some more cheese sauce and sprinkle with more gruyère on the top piece of bread
  11. Bake at 180°C for 10–15 minutes, grilling at the end if needed to get a golden colour on the cheese
  12. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan, and fry eggs to your liking. We recommend runny yolks.
  13. To serve, remove croque madame from oven and top it with fried egg. Season with salt and pepper.   
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