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Cheat's Croque Madame, a quick and tasty toasted sandwich! Fab Food 4 All
5 from 6 votes

Cheat's Croque Madame

Cheat's Croque Madame is a delicious stripped back version of the famous French Croque Madame using a sandwich press or toaster for a quick and delicious treat topped with a fried Egg!

Course Main
Cuisine French
Keyword cheese, Ham, toasted sandwich
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 2
Author Camilla Hawkins


  • 4 Slices multi-seeded bread
  • 40 g butter softened
  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 Slices ham
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 80 - 100 g 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!

Recipe Notes

Be sure to fry the egg over a gentle medium heat otherwise you'll end up with a brown base and a tough egg.