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Hash Brown Croque Monsieur Sandwich

Matt Robinson
Perfect for a winter weekend breakfast or lazy lunch, a take on the classic comfort food Croque Monsier sandwich swaps bread for a hash brown waffle.
Course Breakfast, Main
Servings 4 sandwiches

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • cup milk room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 lbs frozen tater tots
  • 8 slices of black forest ham about 6 oz.
  • cups grated Fontina .5oz
  • chives

Instructions
 

  • Cover waffle iron with non-stick spray. Place tater tots down on waffle iron as close together as possible. Cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes (time will vary according to machine).
  • To make béchamel sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and whisk to combine, continue to cook and whisk until mixture turns dark golden, about 6-7 minutes. Stir in milk and continue to whisk until smooth and mixture thickens, about 7-10 minutes. Transfer to a shallow dish and set aside to cool. Place a a piece of plastic directly on surface.
  • Assembly: Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Portion out half of bechamel sauce and spread evenly among 4 waffles. Place waffles, bechamel sauce side up, onto wire rack lined baking sheet; layer with ham and half of cheese. Top with remaining waffles and spread remaining bechamel sauce on top, sprinkle remaining half of cheese. Bake until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 10-15 minutes.