Croque Madame Béchamel

Recipe : Chef Matt Dean Pettit
Prep time : 10 minutes
Cook time : 15 minutes
Portions 2
Prep time : Cook time : Servings :
10 minutes 15 minutes 2
Croque Madame Béchamel

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  • 4 slices Nitrite-free Sliced Cooked Ham
  • 2 Tbsp. (30mL) butter unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp. (30mL) All purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250mL) 2% milk
  • 1/2 tsp (2-1/2mL) nutmeg, ground
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices Brioche bread, thickly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. (60mL) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 slices duBreton Sliced Cooked Ham
  • 2 cups (500mL) Emmental cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. (15mL) Canola Oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 fresh chives, finely diced


  1. 1.BÉCHAMEL DIRECTIONS In a small pot over medium to high heat, melt the butter. Continue cooking until it starts to bubble and turn slightly brown, approximately 1 minute. Slowly add flour, continually whisking until it starts to clump. Slowly add milk and continue whisking until sauce is smooth and velvety in texture, approximately 1 minute more. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir well and remove from heat and leave covered until needed.
  2. 2.CROQUE MADAME DIRECTIONS Heat oven to 375°F (190°C). Slice bread, butter all sides and place 2 slices on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. On top of each, place a slice of ham followed by a handful of cheese, fully covering the ham. Close sandwich with remaining bread, top with another slice of ham and remaining cheese.
  3. 3.Toast the sandwiches in the oven for 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melting and starting to brown. Remove from oven and evenly spoon béchamel sauce over sandwich to completely cover them.
  4. 4.Set oven to broil on high temperature. Once heated, return sandwiches to oven and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until sauce and cheese are bubbling and starting to brown. Take care to watch the sandwiches closely to ensure they don’t get burned. Remove from oven.
  5. 5.Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium to high heat. Cook eggs to preference. For Sunny Side Up, crack both eggs and fry for approximately 2-3 minutes or until the whites are set while the yolks remain soft. Place one egg onto each sandwich, garnish with chives and serve hot.


Pair with a Sancerre or Riesling to bring out the flavours of the ham and cheese. 

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