This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for this post and recipe creation. This excitingly delicious twist on the Monte Cristo, our Monte Cristo Waffle Skewers and all opinions are mine alone. #BeyondTheSandwich #CollectiveBias
Giggles between bites, a spilled drink, stories both real and imaginary, clanging dishes, learning how to use a napkin, music and bouncing shoulders, adventure planning, big dreaming, the occasional tears, laughs and cheers. It all happens around our table (our farmhouse table that I continue to grow more in love with every day, seriously, who knew one could love a piece of furniture?), and our table is bringing us together. It’s something we’re doing more of this year. As the calendar pages have turned, so has a new chapter in our family story. There’s so much to celebrate from the past year, and I’m just as excited for what will be written on the new pages before us. For one, we’re recommitting to homemade and spending more meal time together as a family ’round the table. We’re creating new mealtime traditions (like enjoying our post meal dance party on the regular) and new recipes too. More homemade meals don’t have to be overly complicated or impossible to make happen, in fact, my ten year old is helping to plan our meals and cook a family meal each week.
Weeknight dinners are becoming more common in our home, and while weekday breakfast usually falls into the simple and efficient category, a long, plated and seated weekend breakfast is showing it’s face more often. What’s fun is merging a combination of the two. One of my husband’s all time favorite dishes is the Monte Cristo, and while this assimilation of a sandwich already crosses over the lines of breakfast, brunch and lunch, we thought we’d take it a step further this week and made it with waffles… for dinner. It was breakfast for dinner (one of my favorite weekly meals growing up was having breakfast at dinnertime!!) and my family ate it up; literally and figuratively. Normally, I can’t talk my husband into going for the breakfast for dinner thing, since breakfast isn’t typically his favorite meal, but mix in the Monte Cristo and it was mind changed. Cut them into small servings and add a skewer and this delicious beast of a sandwich hybrid is perfect for any brunch, weekend breakfast, dinner or gathering… think baby shower or Valentine’s brunch! Plus, as a family meal around the table, it was a big win. Lately, we’ve been enjoying our electronics-free (no electronics at the table) time, reminiscing over our adventures together, making plans for our new home (wherever and whenever that happens) and planning more adventures together. Looking back at our memories together is such a beautiful way to stay thankful for what we have and where we are as a family, and definitely get’s me happy about more adventures to come (and makes all the effort of packing up a family of six for any adventure, big or small, worth it!). I can’t wait to share about our recent #bluewintertour on here (this week, I’ve been slow to get the pics off of our camera it seems) and spill on our time in New York and Montreal. Spoiler, we all LOVED the snow! 😉
For this, just make waffles as you normally would! The great thing here is they can fit your needs… You need gluten free waffles? Sure, there are some amazing recipes for that! Low on time and want to use a box mix or even frozen waffles? Why not. The thing here is to make some waffles, however you want to or need to! AND the key to a fluffy waffle… DON’T over stir the batter! Mix it up lightly and leave it lumpy. I recommend using a wooden spoon or a spatula for mixing, no whisks, that way you’ll still have lumps… and the best waffles!
With our family, we like to keep premium deli meats in our refrigerator, because it fits into our often “quick and easy” eating schedule with both sandwiches for lunch, charcuterie boards (yes please!), weaved into our eggs with breakfast and delicious breakfast for dinner meals like these Monte Cristo Waffle Skewers! Plus, all of my boys like to have great meats that they can grab and eat on their own or wrap up with cheese. For us, it’s an easy choice to pick up Castle Wood Reserve® on one of our many errands to Walmart, especially because there are no binders, no MSG, it’s trans-fat free, and gluten free as well.
- Favorite waffle batter recipe or boxed mix prepared according to package directions
- Castle Wood Reserve® deli turkey
- Castle Wood Reserve® deli ham
- Provolone cheese slices
- Swiss cheese slices
- Dijon mustard
- Powdered sugar
- Raspberry preserves
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Prepare your favorite waffle batter recipe, or use a box mix. Using a wooden spoon, stir the waffle batter until just combined. It should be sightly lumpy.
- Lightly grease the waffle iron with cooking spray or melted butter. Pour in about ½ cup batter in each waffle cavity, more or less depending on size of waffle iron. Cook until the waffles are golden brown and crispy. Place the cooked waffles on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Place in a 200° F oven to keep the waffles warm until ready to eat. Continue cooking until all the batter is used up.
- Cut waffles into triangles.
- Start with one waffle piece, slather with dijon mustard, top with turkey, top with slice of provolone cheese, top with ham, top with slice of swiss cheese and finish with another waffle piece.
- To keep the sandwich from falling apart, use toothpicks or skewer to secure.
- Because the waffles are warm, the cheese should melt, or you can place back in the oven for a few minutes.
- Immediately before serving, dust with powdered sugar.
- Serve with raspberry preserves for dipping.