Hello and Welcome to Djalali Cooks! After an event-filled Halloween weekend (which included World Series games 3, 4, and 5!) Monday morning calls for a Breakfast Sandwich. Let’s go for broke and make it a Ham and Cheese Breakfast Croissant Sandwich. I love the flavors of a Croque Madame, so are we starting there and throwing in our little twist with the croissant. This recipe is super easy, you can make a bunch of them at a time if you have a house full, or you can do one or two. The effort is pretty much the same. Let’s do these Breakfast Sandwiches!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Position an oven rack in the middle position. So we have a couple of croissants from the local supermarket bakery, grated Gruyere cheese, deli sliced ham, eggs and whole grain mustard.
Use a serrated knife to slice each croissant in half, horizontally. Then, spoon mustard on the bottom half of the croissant. Add three slices of deli ham on top of the mustard. Fold each slice in thirds to create texture and loft.
Then, pile about 1/2 cup of grated Gruyere on top of the ham.
Pop this in the oven on the middle rack and keep the oven light on so you can watch it. We want the croissants to toast and the cheese to melt slowly so we have no pressure to get the eggs going.
Fried Eggs – Sunny Side up
In a nonstick egg pan or skillet, heat a tab (about 1/2 tablespoon) of butter over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, crack in two eggs.
Let the eggs cook over medium-low. You can gently tilt the pan to get more of the whites to come into contact with the pan. When the whites around the yolk are mostly set, cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Check on the croissants in the oven. Pull the croissant tops from the sheet tray and set them on a plate.
Now, turn the oven to broil to fully melt the cheese – keep the pan on the middle rack. As soon as the cheese is fully melted, pull the sheet tray and turn the heat off under the eggs. Season the eggs with Kosher salt and black pepper.
Perfectly cooked sunny side up eggs. The cheese is melted and toasty, the ham is warmed through and the croissant underneath is toasted.
Ham and Cheese Breakfast Croissant Sandwich Assembly
Now we just have to put it all together. Place the bottom half (croissant, ham and cheese) on a plate. Use a silicone spatula to transfer an egg on top of the cheese.
Thinly slice the green parts of a scallion and sprinkle the slices over the egg – for color and fresh onion crunch.
Top with the croissant top, and that’s it!
We love a runny yolk, but if that’s not your thing – don’t sweat it! You can make your eggs however you like for this recipe. However you make your eggs, I hope you give this Breakfast Sandwich a go, it’s very simple. Using lower temperatures, covering the eggs, and finishing the croissant with the broiler from a middle position in the oven takes the pressure off of having everything done at the same time.
This breakfast sandwich recipe uses the same method as my Breakfast Sandwiches for a Group. Hosting brunch can be super stressful, no one wants cold eggs and bacon. So take the pressure off of yourself this holiday season when you’re on the hook for preparing breakfast for a group of family and friends.
I know, I know…a one-and-done breakfast casserole is the ultimate no-pressure way to go. But, if you want to do something fun and different…I got you! And you got this! Take care and be well everyone, xo Kelly
Ham and Cheese Breakfast Croissant Sandwich
The flavors of a Croque Madame; Gruyere cheese, ham, mustard and egg, sandwiched between a buttery, flaky croissant. Breakfast made easy!
- 2 Store-bought Croissants
- Whole Grain or Dijon Mustard
- 6 Pieces of Deli Sliced Ham (3 per sandwich)
- 1 cup Grated Gruyere Cheese (1/2 cup per sandwich)
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1/2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
- 1 Scallion, thinly sliced (only the green parts)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Position an oven rack in the middle position.
Use a serrated knife to slice each croissant in half, horizontally. Then, spoon mustard on the bottom half of the croissant.
Add three slices of deli ham on top of the mustard. Fold each slice in thirds to create texture and loft.
Then, pile 1/2 cup of grated Gruyere on top of the ham.
Place in the oven, on the middle rack.
In a nonstick egg pan or skillet, heat butter over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, crack in two eggs.
Let the eggs cook over medium-low. Gently tilt the pan to get more of the whites to come into contact with the pan.
When the whites around the yolk are mostly set, cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.
Pull the croissant tops from the sheet tray and set them on a plate.
Now, turn the oven to broil to fully melt the cheese – keep the pan on the middle rack.
As soon as the cheese is fully melted, pull the sheet tray and turn the heat off under the eggs.
Season the eggs with Kosher salt and black pepper.
Place the bottom half (croissant, ham and cheese) on a plate. Use a silicone spatula to transfer an egg on top of the cheese.
Thinly slice the green parts of a scallion and sprinkle the slices over the egg.
Top with the croissant top.
TerryNovember 1, 2021 at 9:59 am
I love these type of breakfast sandwiches, they are so easy. Have a great Monday ?? go braves ❤️Mom
Kelly DjalaliNovember 1, 2021 at 10:06 am
Super easy, Mom! Have a great Monday, xo Kelly
MariNovember 1, 2021 at 10:53 am
These would be perfect any time of day. I like things that are quick and easy to prepare. The guys tend to eat a larger lunch and want something light for the evening meal. These would be perfect or I could add a salad when they are actually hungry! We are heading into soup weather with a vengeance. It has been cool enough for jackets, and there has been a lot of rain, which will evolve into snow in a month or so, and these will be as popular as the other breakfast sandwiches. I would have thought my son would be bored after months of the other, but he isn’t, so this is a fun change, and I predict when he has it, that he will like this as much. Who doesn’t like ham and cheese and eggs? I can easily make one for me with a few substitutions. My husband will be home for a few days at Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I think breakfast is sorted, as they say in England. Thanks for another great recipe. Did you get many little goblins for Halloween? My other son and daughter still had the usual numbers, only they put the candy out in bowls so the kids could take their own. My grandsons dressed as Ted Lasso and a French soldier from the early 19th. century. My daughter spent four days making his outfit and getting it right. She said that she swore a lot making his uniform, and the tall hat was a nightmare. My granddaughter was Cruella DeVille, and her costume was pretty easy, as was Ted Lassos’s. They all had a great time. All three know enough not eat anything before their parents check it out. It’s amazing how much disappears at that point…. Two of them are grumpy With the dwindling piles, and the other one doesn’t care. For him, the fun is the costume and seeing the other kids. He doesn’t care for candy, so he is happy to hand it over to his parents. Happy first day of November to Alex, Terry, and blog lovers everywhere. ???
Kelly DjalaliNovember 1, 2021 at 11:08 am
Hi Mari, we live on a cul-de-sac and so we actually don’t get any trick-or-treaters; they tend to stay on the main street. It’s too bad for me because I really like to see all their costumes. But ultimately, it would be a nightmare for the dogs and then for us, because they bark at anything that comes down our cul-de-sac. Your grandkids came up with some great costumes, it sounds like; I bet they were super-cute. I am happy your husband will be home for some time around the holidays, that will be a special time for all of you. Have a great Monday! See you here again soon! xo Kelly
StephanieNovember 1, 2021 at 6:33 pm
These look scrumptious! I’d add some chopped green chile (standard here in NM)!
Kelly DjalaliNovember 2, 2021 at 9:17 am
Hi Stephanie, chopped green chile would be a perfect addition! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your classic New Mexico suggestion! Have a wonderful week! xo Kelly
Sally BurkeNovember 1, 2021 at 8:37 pm
I love croissants, and your breakfast one is making me hungry considering all I have eaten so far today is fruit. When I was working at one of my jobs there was a local cafe I would go to for lunch most days. Always the same to dine on, a croissant with ham, cheese and capsicum, the waist line didn’t approve lol! Perhaps I should consider your option for lunch one day. ? … enjoy your next bout of cooking. ?
Kelly DjalaliNovember 2, 2021 at 9:19 am
Hi Sally, These are definitely not something my waist line would be happy with on a regular basis, but they sure are such a treat! Thank you so much for stopping by today, it’s good to hear from you. have a great week! xo Kelly