This brunch favourite has had a mouth-watering makeover

Elevate the classics with a few quality products from the Tesco Finest range

Tesco Finest Croque Madame
(Image credit: Sean Calitz)

There’s something supremely comforting about a toastie. Not only is it easy to make, it’s also easy to elevate. Perfect for an intimate brunch, this twist on a French classic is simple to make and guaranteed to add a certain je ne sais quoi to any weekend breakfast.

Everyone knows that the most important part of any toastie is the cheese. That’s why this Truffle Brie Croque Madame uses a delicious combination of two Tesco Finest cheeses to create an ultra-indulgent, devilishly rich croque madame that sets mouths watering. The Tesco Finest French Brie with Truffle is the undisputed star of this croque madame, thanks to its mild creaminess combined with an unctuous layer of white Italian truffle that adds some serious indulgence to your breakfast.. Slather onto slices of Tesco Finest White Sourdough Loaf for the ultimate crunch factor.

Tesco Finest Finely Sliced Honey Roast Ham is the perfect inclusion for this croque madame for a hit of sweetness alongside the natural saltiness of the meat. This ham uses 100% British pork, steeped in Wiltshire brine and hung to carefully mature. It’s finally marinated and roasted in honey to give it a caramelised finish and tender texture that wonderfully complements the complex flavour of the truffle.

The only way to crown your masterpiece is with a sprinkling of grated Tesco Finest Reserve Swiss Gruyère Cheese to grill to golden perfection. The full-bodied fruitiness of this exceptional cheese melts wonderfully on top of the sourdough and provides some savoury balance to the creamy brie. 

Finally, a croque madame wouldn’t be a croque madame without a perfectly runny, golden yolk. Fry some Tesco Finest Free Range Bluebell Araucana Eggs to adorn your sandwich, slice while still hot and allow the vibrant yolks to ooze throughout its decadent layers.

Truffle Brie Croque Madame

Add some luxury to your brunch toasties with this special recipe using a sumptuously rich combination of Tesco Finest cheeses. 

Serves 2-4   |   Prep 15 mins   |   Cook 10 mins

  • 20g unsalted butter, plus an extra knob
  • 1 heaped tbsp plain flour
  • 150ml whole milk, warmed
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 4 slices Tesco Finest White Sourdough Loaf
  • 135g pack Tesco Finest French Brie with Truffle, sliced
  • 6 slices from 120g pack Tesco Finest Finely Sliced Honey Roast Ham
  • 25g Tesco Finest Reserve Swiss Gruyère Cheese, grated
  • 2-4 Tesco Finest Free Range Bluebell Araucana Eggs


1. Melt 20g butter over a low heat. Stir in the flour to form a paste that looks like wet sand, then cook for 3-4 mins. Whisk in the warm milk, slowly, to make a smooth sauce. Continue to cook, stirring, for 5-6 mins, until you have a smooth, shiny thick sauce. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

2. Heat the grill to high. Heat a knob of butter and a glug of oil in a large frying pan. Fry the sourdough slices, two at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden.

3. Divide the sliced brie between 2 of the slices of toasted bread and add 3 slices of ham. Top with another slice of toast, then spread the béchamel sauce thickly on top of each sandwich and sprinkle over the grated cheese.

4. Put on a baking tray or grill pan and grill for 5 mins until melted and golden.

5. Meanwhile, heat a large splash of oil in the pan. Crack in 2 eggs and fry for 2-3 mins until the white is set and crisp at the edge and the yolk is to your liking. Serve the fried eggs on top or on the side of the sandwiches. Eat straight away.


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