A Twist On The Croque Madame

Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 15 mins
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This Twist On The Croque Madame recipe is as fun to eat as it is to make! Eggs, ham, and cheese layered on top of flaky croissant dough and all made in a waffle maker!

Be sure to also try these Bacon, Egg & Cheese Rollups if you love eggs and crescent rolls for breakfast!

What Is The Difference Between Croque Madame And 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.

How To Make Croque Madame With A Waffle Maker

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!

Egg Breakfast Recipe

Yield: 1 Serving

A Twist On The Croque Madame

Easy Egg Breakfast Recipe

You'll love this This Twist On The Croque Madame recipe made with a waffle maker. Eggs, ham, and cheese layered on top of flaky croissant dough!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 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


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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2003Total Fat: 120gSaturated Fat: 46gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 62gCholesterol: 423mgSodium: 4059mgCarbohydrates: 151gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 81g


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  2. Kat @ living like the kings

    This looks absolutely delicious. I think anything put on a croissant is already WAY better!

  3. Katie

    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…

  4. Jenna

    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 . . . =)

  5. ErinsFoodFiles

    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.

  6. Joanne

    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!

  7. Evan @swEEts

    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. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    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!

  9. Lauren

    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 :).

  10. Wazzra

    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!

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