Upon the discovery of the actual existence of this amazing holiday (all thanks to the Swedes), I immediately started brainstorming recipes. Imagine all of the things I could put in them! I'll make them gluten-gree! WHIPPED CREAM. Then suddenly I remembered that I don't own a waffle iron. What a bummer of a realization that was. But what I do own is a toaster, so that lead to the obvious choice of toaster waffles. Which seemed sort of... lame, however. So, I embarked on a mission to do something with toaster waffles that would make them seem a whole lot less lame, and came up with this.
Monte Cristo INspired French-toasted Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches
- Toaster Waffles (duh). I used the gluten-free variety from Trader Joe's and really liked them; they held together and were very reasonably priced. There are a lot of other varieties as well, and most major grocery chains carry gluten-free options now.
- Brie Cheese
- Ricotta Cheese
- Raspberry Jam (I use a version that is sweetened with white grape juice and has no added sugar, another Trader Joe's product)
- Sandwich Ham (if you want it true Monte Cristo style, you can add turkey as well)
- For the egg mixture: Eggs, milk (or your choice of substitute, I used almond milk), vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Chambord (optional)
For the egg batter, beat together:
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- small pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon of Chambord
Quickly dunk one waffle; since they don't have the same integrity as old bread, letting the waffles soak will cause them to fall apart. Once each side is sufficiently coated, place in a heated frying pan (no need for oil or butter); cook over medium-low heat until the waffle pattern starts to crisp up. Flip and repeat.
Once your first waffle is cooked, place it on a plate and start your next waffle. Place a few slices of brie on your cooked waffle, and then spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese over that. Now throw on a few ham slices; are you still watching that other waffle? Once it's done, put some jam on it, and top off your sandwich.
One last step! Using a spatula, lift the whole sandwich up and put it back in your hot pan. This is just to help melt that brie cheese at the bottom so no need to flip; once that starts happening, you can lift it back out and serve!
Whether you're cooking or at IHOP, I hope you celebrate International Waffle Day with some people you like a lot (remember the importance of gathering?). I can't wait to share my travel pictures Puerta Vallarta once they're developed (I went old-school and used disposable cameras!), so that will be up soon. Have a good day and full tummies! XO, Rachel