Forget those frozen, tasteless bricks: Making this golden-brown morning treat is easier than ever, thanks to innovative new machines – which can even double as gourmet sandwich presses. Here are the three best makers and our favorite recipe. Brunch never had it so good.
Monte Cristo waffle sandwich recipe
Brad Spence, of Philadelphia's Amis Trattoria, uses his waffle maker to create a killer breakfast sandwich.
Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich
(Makes one sandwich)
2 slices Canadian bacon
1 cup Belgian Waffle Mix batter
1 slice cheddar cheese
• In a pan, fry Canadian bacon until golden brown. Remove and cook an egg sunny-side up in the same fat.
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• Add half the waffle batter to the waffle maker. Place the egg, bacon, and cheese on top, then pour the rest of the batter over them. Cook until crisp and top with maple syrup.