Croque Madame with Bechamel Sauce

Chef Chris Feldmeier of Love & Salt restaurant is making a classic French dish with homemade bechamel.


  • 4 slices of sourdough loaf (sliced by hand into ¼ of an inch slices)
  • 2 cups Bechamel (brought to room-temperature) - Recipe below
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 lb ham (sliced thin)
  • 1/2 lb gruyere or Fontina (sliced thin)
  • 4 organic eggs

Ingredients for Bechamel Sauce

  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1 3/4 cups flour AP
  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 onion

Croque Madame - Home & Family


1. Butter one side of each slice of bread

2. Divide the ham and cheese evenly on the non-buttered side of bread

3. Place another slice of bread on top of the ham and cheese, so that both buttered sides are facing the outside

4. Griddle the sandwiches until golden brown and crispy on both sides (about 3 minutes on each side)

5. Spread the béchamel generously on the top of each sandwich and place under broiler. Cook until it is brown and blistered.

6. Cook the eggs sunny side up and place 2 eggs each on top of the béchamel

Directions for Bechamel Sauce

1. Melt butter with peppercorns, onion, bay leaf, and salt. Once butter has melted, add the flour and cook until it is a light brown.
2. Add milk and whisk to combine.
3. Bring to a simmer while using a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pot to avoid sticking.
4. Add the grated nutmeg . Simmer until starch is cooked out and strain.

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