Turkey and Stuffing Waffle Croque-Madame Sandwich Recipe

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Turkey and Stuffing Waffle Croque-Madame Sandwich Recipe

Stuffing waffles, turkey, gravy cheese sauce, and a fried egg. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Slices of turkey on top of a crisp stuffing waffle, all covered with a cheesy gravy sauce that gets broiled until browned and bubble before being topped off with a fried egg. This is the stuff morning-after-Thanksgiving dreams are made of.

Why this recipe works:

  • A traditional white cheese sauce is made by whisking cheese into a milk-based sauce thickened with flour and butter. Instead, we use a flour and butter-thickened gravy as the base of our cheese sauce.
  • Adding the sauce in two layers gives you more complex flavors with the browned cheese underneath and the fresh cheese gravy on top.
  • Stuffing waffles provide plenty of wells for gravy and egg to pool.

Note: Use a stuffing recipe that contains eggs for the best results. We tested this recipe using our Classic Sage and Sausage Stuffing.

  • Yield:Makes 4 open-faced sandwiches
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time:45 minutes

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil or non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 quart leftover or uncooked stuffing (see note above)
  • 2 cups leftover gravy
  • 8 ounces grated Comté or gruyère cheese
  • 1 pound sliced roast turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, tarragon, or chervil

Directions

  1. 1.

    Adjust oven rack to 5 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to low. Preheat a four-well Belgian waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and add 1 cup of stuffing to each well. Close waffle iron and cook, turning occasionally, until cooked through and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Set waffles aside.

  2. 2.

    While waffles bake, make the gravy cheese sauce. Heat gravy in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, whisking frequently, until simmering. Remove from heat and whisk in 6 ounces of cheese. Continue whisking until completely smooth. For a glossier sauce, blend with a hand blender until shiny, about 1 minute. Keep warm.

  3. 3.

    Place the waffles in a large oven-safe skillet or on a foil-lined broiler pan. Top with sliced turkey. Ladle half of cheese sauce over turkey, followed by remaining grated cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 3 minutes.

  4. 4.

    Meanwhile, fry the eggs. Melt the butter in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggs and cook until whites are cooked through but yolks are still liquid, about 2 minutes.

  5. 5.

    Top broiled turkey waffles with fried eggs, ladle remaining gravy over the whites of the eggs, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with herbs, and serve immediately.