Croque Madame Casserole

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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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6 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, plus 2 tablespoons for eggs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
10 to 12 slices white bread
3/4 pound deli ham
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated Gruyere, reserve some for top of casserole
6 eggs





Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over low heat until bubbling. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thick and bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes more. Whisk in the mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Pour a thin layer of the sauce into the prepared baking dish and cover it with 5 or 6 slices of the bread, then slices of the ham and an even layer of the Gruyere. Repeat the layers once more, ending with a third layer of sauce to cover all. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes. Remove it from the oven and cut into 6 equal pieces.

Working in 2 batches, melt 1tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crack 3 eggs into the skillet and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until the whites are nearly set, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip the eggs and continue cooking until the whites are completely set, about 1 minute more. You’re going to top each portion of the casserole with a fried egg. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs and 1 tablespoon butter. Top with Gruyere and it in the oven for a few minutes until cheese melts.

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Wow these are the most popular croques in Justin Nevada!

By Jette Stuart on September 15, 2011


Made these for brunch today... Highly recommend it, you won't be hungry until late dinner.

By Jette Stuart on September 06, 2011


Paula, Paula, Paula, When searching for a good Brunch recipe I found this one and it is EXCELLANT. I had a Brunch for 6 yesterday at 10am, they left at noon. Then a Lunch for 8 at 1 pm! Quick turnaround, different table settings, china, etc. But this great Croque Madame was made at the same time and I just kept the second batch warm, then added the eggs. Kudos from everyone. I had to copy your recipe to give them all. Oh, I had a lot of mushrooms, so sauteed them in butter and mixed in with the sauce. THANKS. Marzidotes

By marilyn buchanan on June 20, 2011


By Jill on May 07, 2011


Hi Paula!! I have to say that you are honestly one of my top role models! One of my dreams would have to be to meet you in person!:D I love baking and I have gotten some amazing recipes from your show. You're so funny and I love to hear you laugh! It would be amazing if you could send me some recipes to my email so I could enjoy them as much as you do! Stay cool! sincerely, Cristina Ortega

By Cristina Ortega Valle on January 04, 2011

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