Concrete Test Kitchen: Beer Infused Croque Madame

Is it traditional? No! Is it delicious? Hell yeah! Is it for the kiddos? Probably not.

Servings: 4 sandwiches



4 tbsp. butter

¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 cup Havana Lager

1 cup milk

4 slices of bread (I used Zak the Baker country loaf), toasted

2-3 slices swiss cheese

2-3 slices ham

1 Egg

Parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper



  1. Heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Making the bechamel: Heat up a saucepan to medium heat and add in butter. Once melted, drop in your flour. Whisk thoroughly and then let it bubble for 2-3 minutes, without letting it brown. Whisking again, add in your beer. Let it bubble for another 3-4 minutes to encourage the alcohol to cook out. Add in milk and whisk again, let bubble for an additional 3 mins. to thicken. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a baking dish, start with a slice of toasted bread, then layer in ham, cheese, and beer bechamel. Top with second slice of bread, then more bechamel on top. Place in the oven.
  4. Once the sandwich is looking melted and bubbly, top with parmesan cheese and turn the oven to broil. Place under broiler for a couple of minutes. It might get a little charred around the edges. Adjust broil time to personal preference.
  5. Start frying your egg however you like it. A poached egg or no egg at all are fine too!
  6. Take out your sandwich, set it on a plate, top with the egg. Cut in half and eat immediately. Pickles and a little Dijon mustard are all tangy invitees to this party too.