The best part of breakfast is eating it any time of the day! The combination of crispy buttermilk waffles, ham, cheese, and a sweet jam make this Buttermilk Waffle Monte Cristo recipe perfect for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.
Since breakfast is always on our mind, we thought it was the perfect time to share one of our favorite remixes with you. Let us introduce you to this epic Buttermilk Waffle Monte Cristo.
If you’re not familiar with the Monte Cristo, it is traditionally made with a filling of ham, turkey, and cheese. Then it is dipped in batter and deep fried. Although we love the traditional version, they are are not our jam. (Pun intended)
Instead, we have remade the traditional recipe into something healthier with a breakfast twist thanks to our buttermilk waffles and some raspberry jam for sweetness. We removed the batter and deep frying and swapped it for baking to give the outside the same crunch as a traditional Monte Cristo.
We opted to use our Buttermilk Waffles in this recipe, but our Blueberry Waffles would be just as lovely! You could also you another flavor jam and swap the ham with turkey if that’s more appetizing.
Lastly, we listed the powdered sugar as optional, which it is. However, it is something we would highly recommend to make it feel a little bit more like the traditional version. It might make more sense to save that for serving this at Sunday brunch, but truth be told, we have prepared this and taken it to work – powdered sugar and all.
For our vegetarian friends out there, you can easily swap the ham for your favorite vegetarian meat alternative. Or, forgo it altogether and use extra cheese instead. And for a Thanksgiving twist, swap the ham for some leftover turkey and cranberry sauce! *chefs kiss*
Buttermilk Waffle Monte Cristo Ingredients:
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
1/4 pound thinly sliced ham
2 tbs dijon mustard
1/4 cup raspberry jam
powdered sugar, optional
Buttermilk Waffle Monte Cristo
- 4 Buttermilk Waffles
- 1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced ham
- 2 tbs dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup raspberry jam or preserves
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Heat waffles according to package directions.
- Layer 2 waffles with: jam, ham, cheese.
- Spread 1 tbs on each of the remaining 2 waffles.
- Top each of the ham waffles with the mustard waffles.
- Place the waffles in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and waffles are crisp. About 10-12 minutes.
- Finish off with powdered sugar, if desired.