Croque Madame Brunch Sandwiches
Here’s to the ladies who brunch!
Oh yeah… Leave it to me to make the dorky musical theater reference! C’mon, who doesn’t love Elaine Strich singing that song?
But let’s put the small talk aside and go straight to the point here, ’cause I cannot – will not! – wait any longer to talk about these amazing, unbelievable, out-of-this-world Croque Madame Brunch Sandwiches!
First, I would like to thank our friends at Cobblestone Bread Co. for sponsoring this post and sending me a variety of delicious bagels and English muffins to try. Because, carb coma = happy Olivia!
How could brunch exist without carbs? While you could go for a simple breakfast, a brunch is inherently decadent! It is not just a meal, it’s a statement. It’s being able to eat pancakes at 2 pm while sipping cold Mimosas without even the slightest guilt!
And while breakfast can be an on-the-go thing, brunch has to be enjoyed slowly. It is valuable leisure time with family and friends, either at your favorite restaurant or at home in your pajamas. It’s that time after a busy week where you sit down and relax as if you didn’t have any worries in the world. It’s easy like Sunday morning, baby!
I seriously wanna smooch whoever invented brunch. *Muah!*
So what’s your favorite brunch dish?
I bet you can guess mine! Oh yeah, you guessed it right! Croque Madame! A decadent, saucy, cheesy sandwich that demands your attention. Even its name is captivating.
So what is a Croque Madame? A Croque Madame is a Croque Monsieur, which is a fancy ham and cheese sandwich with Mornay sauce (which is a béchamel sauce with cheese), served with a fried egg on top. Apparently the egg resembles an old fashioned woman’s hat, hence the “Madame” part of the name. I think it’s suiting!
Since my Croque Monsieur recipe is one of the most popular recipes on my blog, I wanted to create a variation with the Croque Madame.
When Cobblestone Bread Co. sent me those soft, chewy English muffins, one of those cartoon-style bulbs popped over my head and I knew exactly what to make. Croque Madame Brunch Sandwiches on English muffins! I was pretty proud of myself on this one. Genius idea! (Excuse my lack of modesty!)
Who knew that a fried egg on top would bring this sandwich to a whole new level? Now I kinda wanna put a fried egg on top of everything. And yes, I mean EVERYTHING! (Ok, maybe not desserts…)
The first time I had a Croque Madame was at a brunch in a cute French bistro in NYC. One bite and I was in heaven, or better yet, in Paris! How is it that food has the power to transport you to places you’ve never been? Crazy, isn’t it? Or maybe that just happens to me and I’m the crazy one.
But moving on…
This is the kind of sandwich you will want to eat with a fork and knife. It is so decadent, with melted Gruyère cheese and lots of cheesy sauce inside AND outside, plus the egg with a delicious runny yolk. Attempting to eat with your hands won’t be very French or ladylike of you. The Madame would disapprove!
Just kidding, eat it any way you want, lick your fingers, stuff your face into the egg! Nobody cares!
If you haven’t tried a Croque Madame, you absolutely have to do it! You won’t regret it! Bonus points if you try it with the delicious CBC English muffin. I would keep a stash of this stuff at your home if I were you, because I guarantee you will be addicted!
And let me tell you something: while this dish looks and sounds complicated, it is easy to make! All you will need to do on the stove is prepare the sauce and fry the eggs. The rest happens in the coziness of your oven!
You could easily assemble the sandwiches the day before and just bake them and fry the eggs before serving.
A luxurious French dish that is easy to prep and make? Oui, oui!
I’ll drink to that!
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Croque Madame Brunch Sandwiches
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk
- Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 1/2 cups grated Gruyere, divided
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- 3 tablespoons grainy (or Dijon) mustard
- 6 slices uncured slow cooked ham
- 6 Cobblestone Bread Co.
- 6 medium eggs
- Olive oil
If you have any leftover Mornay sauce, just eat it over spaghetti! It is delish!
Compensation for this post was provided by Cobblestone Bread Co. via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cobblestone Bread Co. or AOL.
31 Comments on “Croque Madame Brunch Sandwiches”
I say YES! Let’s put a fried egg on top of everything! I am loving this luxurious French dish, my friend!
Good thing someone agrees with me! I was starting to feel kinda crazy. lol
I love brunch and these are one of my favorites! Lovely photos too!!
Thanks, Kathryn!! :D
my favorite brunch is crepe, lol..I usually eat both the savory and sweet ones..but I’ll take these brunch sandwiches any day. They look really good! yum!
Yum, I love crepe too! My favorite is with dulce de leche! :)
Oh these look like the perfect sandwiches, Olivia! I love the runny egg and mustard. Sounds delicious!
Thanks, Gayle! :)
This looks delicious! I didn’t know that it got it’s name from the egg hat. How cute!
Isn’t that a fun story? I loved it too! :)
We’ll need to have a cat fight. Because I want to smooch whoever created brunch too!! It’s my fave meal on weekends. Because you can’t DO BRUNCH during the week!!
I love this idea, it’s so creative! Pinning, pinning!
Agreed! Being a thing we only do on weekends is what makes it special! :) Thanks for the pin, Nagi!
Love the runny egg on top! Beautiful sandwiches! Pinned!
Thank you, dear! A runny egg on top makes everything better! :)
These sandwiches look fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful pictures, too!
First time here:)
Oh yes, love brunch, take it easy brunch ;)
Sunday morning brunch is all a woman needs.
Beautiful pictures, everything looks so yum and inviting:)
Ok, these look amazing and now I’m craving one! A fried egg always makes everything just a little bit better in my book!
This breakfast needs to happen this weekend. I love the addition of nutmeg! Brilliant.
Girl, move on over and set a place for me ’cause I’m coming for brunch. That sauce, runny egg, and some mimosas are calling my name!
Croque Madames are my favorite brunch calorie splurge. These look fantastic!
These sandwiches looks fabulous Olivia! So inviting and beautiful pictures. Loved the fact that your paired theses with sparkling wine! Deadly combo I must say! :)
My dear friend, this recipe looks/seems awesome! I love everything made with eggs because I am a egg addicted… hahaha! This is true… ask my husband! I also love your pictures and your new wood board is beautiful ;-)
These look so brunch-perfect, hearty and delicious!
I love croque madame sandwiches! I just had them this past weekend for lunch. Your recipe looks great, I definitely need to try it!
Oui, oui, yes please, this ‘croque madame’ looks so enticing! I’ve never had one of those, but I am sure I will enjoy eating it, mainly because that oozing egg yolk on top!
I am a bacon girl, so the perfect brunch or breakfast has to have bacon. This Croque Madame is amazing! I can’t look at that fried egg with the oozy yolk without drooling.
OLIVIA. Good grief, here it is, breakfast time, and I’m actually contemplating leaving my cozy blanket and going to the store for English muffins to make this! So hungry now, lol. Looks delish, my dear!
Good thing I am going to the grocery story tomorrow. I will be picking up the few items I don’t have to make this. It looks phenomenal.
Wow, these look amazing — I’m curious what the purple drink you served with them was though?
Hi Jennifer! Thanks! :) That’s my Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail! I hope you like it! :)