Cheat’s Croque Madame

Cheat's Croque Madame, a quick and tasty toasted sandwich! Fab Food 4 All

If you’ve been to France you can’t have helped but come across their famous Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame fried sandwiches which are traditionally made with ham and Gruyère cheese often dipped in egg and baked. Since their first recorded mention on a Parisian café menu in 1910 we’ve had the invention of the sandwich press/toaster so I thought I’d use one to make a striped back, quick version of the Croque Madame (topped with a fried egg) and add maple syrup to the Dijon mustard as these flavours marry so well. Cheat’s Croque Madame is just as tasty as the traditional version but without all the fuss of dipping in egg, trying or baking and my family absolutely loved it!

 Cheat's Croque Madame, a quick and tasty toasted sandwich! Fab Food 4 All

This recipe serves 2 but can easily be scaled up to serve 4 ! So whether you need a satisfying breakfast, brunch or lunch, do give this sandwich a go, I’m sure you’ll be as hooked as we are!


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Cheat's Croque Madame
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A delicious stripped back version of the famous French Croque Madame using a sandwich press or toaster for a quick and delicious treat!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Serves: 2
  • 4 Slices multi-seeded bread
  • 40g Butter, softened
  • 2 tsp Rapeseed oil
  • 2 Slices ham
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • 80 - 100g Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 2 Free range eggs
  1. Butter the bread and then place buttered side down.
  2. Mix the Dijon mustard and maple syrup together, then spread on 2 of the slices of bread (unbuttered side).
  3. Then add half the Gruyère to these 2 slices, followed by the ham slices and finish with the rest of the Gruyère.
  4. Close the sandwiches with the other 2 slices of bread (buttered side up).
  5. Pre-heat sandwich press/toaster and toast sandwiches until golden.
  6. Meanwhile heat 1 tsp of oil in small frying pan on a medium heat and fry 2 eggs until the whites are cooked and the yolk still runny.
  7. Once the sandwiches are toasted top with an egg and enjoy your Cheat's Croque Madame!
Be sure to fry the egg over a gentle medium heat otherwise you'll end up with a brown base and a tough egg.

Cheat's Croque Madame, a quick and tasty toasted sandwich! Fab Food 4 All

Cheat's Croque Madame, a quick and tasty toasted sandwich! Fab Food 4 All

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  1. A S,Edinburgh

    That’s a great idea! I love the combination of flavours in this.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it is lush-)

  2. Kat Glynn

    That looks quick, easy and tasty! x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kat:-)

  3. June Etherington

    Oh wow I love this recipe. I would really enjoy this one at lunch time. I’ve never thought of using maple syrup which I love. So will be giving it a go. xx

    1. Camilla

      Thanks June, glad to inspire:-)

  4. Heidi Roberts

    They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

    1. Camilla

      They do indeed:-)

  5. Paul Wilson

    Looks like a great tasty snack.

    1. Camilla

      It really is Paul:-)

  6. Mina Joshi

    This sandwich looks delicious. I don’t eat eggs but my son does so I am going to pass on your recipe to him.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, excellent Mina:-)

  7. Debi @ Life Currents

    This looks so yummy! I wish I had this for lunch today!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Debi! There’s always tomorrow:-)

  8. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    It sounds delicious Camilla, I do like a high protein breakfast, keeps me going all day.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, it was a big hit here;-)

  9. Maya Russell

    I have to give this a go! I wonder what the maple syrup tastes like with it.

    1. Camilla

      Fab Maya-) The maple syrup is quite subtle!

  10. Leisel S

    This looks outstanding, even if I don’t trust French cheeses. Long story. Perfect amount of runny yolk, yum!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Leisel! That’s ok then as Gruyere is Swiss:-)

  11. April J Harris

    Love this recipe – it’s so nice to have a shortcut to a fantastic Croque Madame!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you April, it’s going to be a regular here now:-)

  12. Platter Talk

    Thanks for this wonderful and easy Croque Madame; I can’t wait to make it this weekend for a lazy Sunday breakfast!

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, so glad you like it:-)

  13. jenna @ butter loves company

    Lovely idea! The egg looks PERFECT! Thanks for sharing <3

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jenna:-)

  14. Rami @ Tasteaholics

    Great final shot from the top (and outdoors)! Simple and delicious breakfast, pinned 🙂

    1. Camilla

      You just can’t rely on the weather! I did a whole shoot the day before indoors as it was so over cast but then son wanted the same sandwich the next day so I re-shot in the glorious sunshine:-) A win-win:-)

  15. Kavita

    Looks good Camilla, I need to use my sandwich toaster more, I go through phases!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, yes we’re the same but our sandwich press gets a lot more use than the old sandwich toaster ever did!

  16. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    Looks yummy! This would make a really nice weekend breakfast/brunch 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Yes, my hubby says it would also be a great hangover cure (not that we have much call for that these days)!

  17. Ren

    Looks delicious – and a perfectly runny egg, too. Will try this for the kids tea.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ren, I’m sure they’ll love it, mine did:-)

  18. Roz

    great idea camilla, look forward to trying it out!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Roz, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  19. Gingey Bites

    So simple but really tasty! Yummy!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I’m all for simple:-)

  20. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    That egg looks perfect Camilla. The perfect runny yolk 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dannii – I actually found a poached egg mould in the draw that I’d never used which helped with the shape:-)

  21. Patty Haxton Anderson

    Camilla, these are great. No fuss and delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Patty, can’t be doing with fuss just want great tasting food:-)

  22. shobha

    What a delicious breakfast platter.. I am loving the look of the bread topped with egg.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Shobha:-)

  23. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    My OH would go a little bit nuts (in a good way) for this recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Bintu, send him round:-)

  24. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    Your Croque Madam looks delicious Camilla. What a great idea to use a sandwich press, I love the sound of maple syrup and mustard.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah – I’m all or making things quicker and easier:-)

  25. Emily Leary

    This is great, Camilla. I’ll be trying it out at the weekend.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily, glad to have inspired you;-)

  26. Gabriel @ The Dinner Special podcast

    Such a great idea. I’m all for no fuss twists of my favourite dishes and I’m definitely going to try this. The addition of maple syrup sounds like a very very good idea!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Gabriel, life’s to short for fuss and fiddle:-)

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