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I have been obsessed with food for as long as I can remember.  I remember as a child, seeing infomercials for sandwich makers.  I’m sure many of you remember them – the infomercial showed that you could put sandwich bread in, put some pie filling on top, then top with another piece of bread.  Cook in the little machine, and you have almost-instant mini pies!  Or fill the sandwich with lunch meat and cheese for a warm, gooey sandwich.  (And wow, I must live under a rock, because they still make these machines today!  I had no idea!)  I remember watching those infomercials, and wanting one so badly.  I wanted those little hand-held pies.  I wanted to feel like a rock-star in the kitchen, whipping up gourmet sandwiches.  As I recall, my mom did eventually end up buying one, and I don’t think we made very many sandwiches in that machine.  Turns out, they just weren’t as good as they looked on those infomercials.  (surprise, surprise!)

Today, give me a panini press, and I’m sure I could whip up a pretty good sandwich.  I think that the panini press is today’s version of that sandwich maker that was so popular when I was a kid – but I think the panini press is much more successful at making a good sandwich.  But guess what?  You don’t even need a panini press to whip up a darn good lunch – as long as you have a waffle maker!!  

I love monte cristo sandwiches, so I was really excited to see how today’s waffle creation would pan out.  Turns out, it’s a simple monte cristo – just cooked up on a waffle maker!!  I have to admit that I would have never thought to use the waffle maker as a grill like this, but it totally works!!  If you don’t have a panini press, and you’ve been jealous at the sandwiches you’ve seen out there, just pull out your waffle maker!!

My biggest complaint with this sandwich is that it’s missing my favorite part of a monte cristo – the jam and the powdered sugar.  That is what sets a monte cristo apart from other sandwiches to me.  And I totally would have added them both, but I was sad when I opened up the fridge and didn’t have any raspberry jam.  So we just enjoyed them as is.  But really, I’m not complaining because they were pretty darn delicious.  They were perfect for lunch, and super easy and fast to throw together.

So next time you are craving a warm sandwich for lunch or dinner, forget the panini press, forget the griddle – pull out the waffle maker!!

Monte Cristo Waffle-Wiches
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Change up your sandwich routine - these Monte Cristo sandwiches are made on the waffle maker!
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 8 slices bread
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere
  • ¼ lb deli sliced ham
  • ¼ lb deli sliced turkey
  1. Preheat the waffle iron.
  2. In a shallow bowl or dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, and 1 tablespoon of the Dijon. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Brush the waffle maker with the melted butter. Lay out 4 slices of bread. Top each with some cheese, ham, turkey, then more cheese. Top with another slice of bread.
  4. Dip the sandwiches in the egg batter then place on the waffle maker. Close the top and cook until the sandwich is browned and the cheese is melted.
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  6. From The Rachael Ray Show


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21 Responses to Monte Cristo Waffle-Wiches

  1. Katrina says:

    A waffle-witch?! AWESOME!

  2. branny says:

    I’ve never had a MC sandwich but I want one so badly!

  3. Jessen says:

    Rachael Ray is Awesome! I DVR all her shows, and she lends so much inspiration and creativity to me, even if I don’t make her recipe, she’s showed me that signature dishes (i.e. Gumbo, Minestrone, etc) don’t always have to be cooked the way they were created. Adding my own twist is what makes the dish different everytime!

  4. Asiya says:

    What a great idea! I really want a panini press but in my tiny kitchen I have no wear to store it 🙁 but I DO have a waffle iron…..I’m going to try this out for lunch…Thx for sharing!

  5. Love it. You can always create a little dipping sauce of raspberry jam + maple syrup. Monte Cristos are the best!

  6. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    These look insanely delicious! What a creative recipe! Love it!

  7. Bev Weidner says:

    Dude, omg. I need one!

  8. Kelley says:

    This looks insane! I love the idea of using a waffle for the bread. Thanks, I’m craving this for breakfast now!

  9. I have a waffle maker coming that I won…I need to put it to use, pronto!

  10. Kristy says:

    Oh and here I thought yesterday’s was going to be my favorite…the monte Christo is hands-down my favorite sandwich! I’m making this one!!! The thought of the raspberry jam and melty cheese had me drooling. 🙂

  11. Maureen says:

    Monte Cristo is my favorite sandwich EVER!! Such a great recipe!

  12. Wafflewiches are the best!!!!!

  13. I’m loving all of the waffle recipe ideas you’ve had floating around here lately. I want a wafflewich now! 🙂

  14. Lannie says:

    i don’t think i’ve ever heard a word i like as much as ‘wafflewich’


  15. Tricia says:

    I’ve never tried my waffle maker for sandwiches, but we do use our George Foreman grill to make paninis all the time. If it weren’t for yummy samdwiches I don’t think we’d use that grill at all anymore 🙂

  16. I LOVE monte cristo sandwiches, but never would have thought to make one in a waffle maker. Can’t wait to make this!

  17. Joanne says:

    before I gave up meat, I used to get a monte cristo sandwich from Bennigan’s all the time (in Boston). The.Best.Sandwich.Ever. it’s that sweet salty heaven combo. I need to find a way to recreate that veg style because now you’ve DEFINITELY spurred a craving!

  18. grace says:

    i’ll go ahead and say it–i want the full monty (or monte, as the case may be…). 🙂

  19. Just made this for lunch – adding some jam to the sandwich – and it was fantastic! I actually do have a panini press, but switching it up and using a waffle iron was fun and yielded such a pretty sandwich =).

  20. Chels R. says:

    I can’t wait to try these!

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