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Madame Cristo - Grilled Ham and Cheese

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"What started as a Croque Madame with custard instead of the usual white sauce turned into a Monte Cristo with a poached egg on top. Unable call it a Croque Madame anymore, I turned to Twitter for help. Some dude who goes by the name Zap Shakur suggested I go with Madame Cristo, and the rest is history. Top with poached or fried eggs and garnish with fresh chives."
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25 m servings 903
Original recipe yields 2 servings (2 sandwiches)


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  1. Combine egg, heavy cream or milk, salt, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and lemon zest in a bowl. Mix until batter is thin and runny. (Add 2 tablespoons more milk or cream if needed.)
  2. Toast bread until lightly browned. Add Havarti cheese to each slice. Divide ham between two sandwiches. Bring the two halves of the sandwich together and place into the batter. Flip several times to coat evenly; place on a plate. Repeat with second sandwich.
  3. Fill a large saucepan with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. In the meantime, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwiches in the hot butter until outside is browned and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes per side.
  4. Meanwhile, reduce saucepan heat to medium-low, pour in vinegar, and keep the water at a gentle simmer. Crack an egg into a small bowl, then gently slip it into the simmering water, holding the bowl just above the surface of water. Repeat with second egg. Cook until the egg white is firm and the yolk has thickened but is not hard, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer sandwiches to plates and dust with cayenne pepper. Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, dab on a kitchen towel to remove excess water, and place onto each sandwich. Dust with cayenne pepper.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • If you're just making one or two, feel free to poach your eggs right before the sandwiches are done, but for larger parties, you'll want to check out this recipe, which shows a great make-ahead method for serving multiple poached eggs at the same time.
  • You can substitute milk for the heavy cream, if desired.
  • Use any kind of melting cheese you like, such as Gruyere, Swiss, or Cheddar.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 903 calories; 69.8 31.2 39.6 566 2136 Full nutrition

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This was an instant hit with my family. The adults topped the sandwich off with the poached egg while the kids opted out of the poached egg and went with a raspberry jam on top. It was wonderf...

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3.5 stars. I made it with whole wheat bread slices, for a healthier option. But I believe it would have been better with plain white bread. I'm not sure the cayenne, lemon zest, nutmeg and sa...

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This was an instant hit with my family. The adults topped the sandwich off with the poached egg while the kids opted out of the poached egg and went with a raspberry jam on top. It was wonderf...

I made this without the lemon zest (my husband wouldn’t have eaten it if I had put it in). It was incredibly easy and came out perfect. This will definitely be added to our dinner menu rotation.

I also added some hard salami. Oh so good!

Yum! I left out the cayenne pepper. I also made the poached egg in the microwave. Fill a cereal bowl half full with water. Add vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar). Warm in microwave for 60 se...

Absolutely delicious! Next time, I will substitute 3/4 tsp mustard powder for the lemon zest ~ I think it will compliment the other ingredients more than the lemon zest

Even thought I made one sandwich with one egg, I did make some tweaks to it. Instead of the honey baked ham, I used honey ham for the deli. I didn't have any champagne vinegar and used white win...

We loved it. It’s easier to make than a real monte cristo and just as delicious! I used less salt in the batter since I used Black Forest ham instead of honey ham and it was more than enough sal...

A fantastic recipe. And a great start to the day.