Croque Madame at the Guest House

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At the American Guest House Bed and Breakfast, we enjoy and love cooking! And more than everything, we LOVE sharing our favorite recipes with you! Tomorrow morning , our guests will try the croque Madame…

Croque madame is a “variation” of the Croque Monsieur (originated in France) which is a hot ham and cheese ( emmental or gruyère) grilled sandwich but with a fried egg or poached egg on top… And better it’s coated on Bechamel sauce!

Here is the recipe for 4 sandwiches (15 minutes to prepare):


  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 8 slices of  Gruyere, very thinly sliced
  • 8 slices of  ham, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 extra-large eggs
  • Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Butter 1 side of each bread slice.

First toast your bread with a toaster (30 seconds) or in the oven (5 minutes).

When it’s done put 1 slice of the ham over the cheese, and place the top slice of bread over the ham, buttered side up.  Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwiches until bottom is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side.

And then place a slice of cheese on top ! Put the sandwiches back onto the griddle or skillet then place in oven, cooking until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Cook each egg sunny side up and place 1 fried egg atop each sandwich.  Suggestion: add Bechamel sauce inside your sandwiches.

Jonathan, Innkeeper
American Guest House in Washington DC