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Croque Madame Recipe

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Croque Madame
Alberto Peroli

Croque Madame

My favorite place to eat Croque Madame or Monsieur (the difference being that the Monsieur is a closed sandwich while the Madame is open-faced) is in Café de Flore in St. Germain, in Paris. It’s a very simple, bistro-style café where the great artists and writers of Paris would come to share their thoughts.

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Deliver Ingredients


  • 4 slices of sourdough white bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 slices of cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons grated Gruyère
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Place the sliced bread under a broiler and toast one side. Remove from the broiler and butter the non-toasted side. Place half a slice of ham and a smear of Dijon mustard on each slice of bread. Top with equal amounts of grated Gruyère, then season with salt and pepper. Put back underneath the broiler until the cheese has melted.

Croque Madame Shopping Tip

Ingredients like olive oil, shallots, mustard, cream, stock, and butter will help bring French flavors to your cooking.

Croque Madame Cooking Tip

French cuisine is renowned for slow-cooked sauces, however a quick pan sauce will do just as well; after sautéing a piece of meat or fish, remove it from the pan, deglaze with brandy or wine, finish with a touch of butter or cream and voilà!