This French fried egg, ham and cheese sandwich is called a Croque Madame, but it’s actually more like a Croque Ma-dayummm. Cooking on your own in college doesn’t have to be that boring, cold, ham sandwich you usually slap together.

A little bit of extra cheese and a fried egg go a long way. This classic French sandwich recipe is simpler than you think.

Croque Madame

  • Prep Time:3 minutes
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:18 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Medium


  • 4 slices bread
  • 6 oz smoked ham, sliced
  • 6 slices cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400°F.

  • Step 2

    Butter 1 side of of each bread slice and set buttered side down on griddle or pan.

  • Step 3

    Cover each slice of bread with cheese then add 3-4 slices ham on one slice. Then place the second slice on top.

  • Step 4

    Cook sandwich about 3 minutes per side until golden brown.

  • Step 5

    Add mayo on top of each sandwich and another slice of cheese.

  • Step 6

    Place in oven until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

  • Step 7

    Place fried egg on top. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.