A Twist On The Croque Madame*

What is the difference between a Croque Madame and a Croque Monsieur? Eggs. It’s how I always tell them apart…and the easiest way to remember. A Croque Monsieur is basically a type of bread, a type of swiss cheese, and ham. A Croque Madame is all of that, but with a fried or poached egg on top. Which is exactly why women are better than men a Croque Madame is better then a Croque Monsieur.

When I was playing around on the internet one day, I came across the idea to make a Croque Madame in a waffle maker. I mean, how brilliant is that? After ruining/dropping/breaking 3 eggs, I finally perfected the art of cooking an egg in a waffle iron. I also found my new favorite breakfast! It is quick to make and absolutely delicious!

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A Twist On The Croque Madame

Yield: 1 serving

Recipe note: I used the croissant dough from when I made croissants. But you can just as easily use store bought croissant dough for this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 square croissant dough
1 teaspoonful brown mustard
2 slices Gruyere cheese
3 slices thin ham
1 egg
Chives, minced, for garnish
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Olive Oil or Pam

Directions:

Heat up waffle iron. In one square place croissant dough and close waffle iron to allow to cook croissant until golden brown, which should take around 2 minutes, watch closely.

Remove croissant and place on a plate. Spread mustard evenly along croissant and place slices of gruyere on top, allowing to melt.

Next, place slices of ham inside the waffle maker until warm and starting to brown just a little, then place on top of croissant as well.

Spray waffle iron with olive oil or Pam and crack an egg in the center. Using a fork, break the white (but be sure to leave the yolk intact) so it runs in all of the open space. Allow egg to cook, with the lid of the waffle maker open, until desired doneness.

Once egg is cooked, using a large fork and a spatula, gently slide the egg onto the spatula, and then place on top of the croissant. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chives and serve immediately.

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67 Responses to “A Twist On The Croque Madame”

  1. 1

    Kerri — November 16, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    OMG!!! We had this in Boston and OMG it was amazing!!! Also my new favorite breakfast, too!

  2. 2

    Wazzra — November 16, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    Absolutely brilliant idea!

    I have a fear of my waffle iron tho : cleaning it is a total hell as the plates are not removable. Last time it took me about an hour to clean it!

  3. 3

    Lainey_Elizabeth — November 16, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    This looks awesome!!! We just registered for a waffle maker, no I really, really hope we get it!

  4. 4

    Lauren — November 16, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    I LOVE this idea! I became hooked on Croque Madame sandwiches while on a trip to Paris… but I certainly never saw one cooked in a waffle maker – so clever, and what a beautiful presentation :).

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 16, 2010 @ 11:39 am

    My husband and I both had a croque madame for brunch at our favorite French place over the weekend… SO delicious, but dammit, I want to know how to make it myself! This dish and recipe couldn’t be more perfect, more beautiful, or better timed. You’re so talented, Jessica. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. 6

    melissa — November 16, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    What a fun idea! I don’t have a waffle maker but if I did I would give this a try.

  7. 7

    Evan @swEEts — November 16, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    I really really really need a waffle maker! This sounds delicious and now that I’ve gotten over the fear of making croissant dough I definitely need to make this.

  8. 8

    David — November 16, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! truly inspiring if you ask me :)

  9. 9

    Swee San — November 17, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    ingenious!

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    Joanne — November 17, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    That waffle egg is one of the most awesome things that I have seen in the past oh year or so. I am amazed that it came out so perfectly!

  11. 11

    ErinsFoodFiles — November 17, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    How unique! When you come visit me in Nashville, I shall take you to Jackson’s for my favorite Croque Monsieur. They also have the Madame, but I’ve never tried it.

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    Jenna — November 17, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    Brilliant, beautiful, and (I’m sure) absolutely delicious! Now if I can just hunker down and plunk down my money on a nice wedge of Gruyere . . . =)

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    Katie — November 18, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    Oh my gosh YES! I love croque madames! I have never had a better one than when I was actually IN France, but any time I see one on a restaurant menu, my mouth starts to water! This is such an interesting recipe…I would never think to make one in a waffle iron! It looks very cool…

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    Dawn @ Kitchen Lore — November 18, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    Super creative idea! I posted about your technique on my blog and linked back here: http://www.kitchenlore.com/2011/11/two-takes-on-waffled-eggs.html

    Can’t wait to try this with some other soft foods.

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    What a beautiful breakfast!

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    Heidi — January 6, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    What a fantastic idea. These look delicious, and I’m determined to try them this weekend.

    I linked to this recipe on my blog:

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