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This recipe employs waffles as the bread and combines the free-spirited toplessness of a tartine sandwich with classic croque monsieur ingredients. If you’ve got classic waffles in your freezer and are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary way to use them, here’s your answer.

A tartine can be a slice of bread simply topped with butter and preserves, or it can be a more elaborate open-faced sandwich. (Leave it to the French to give even the humblest foods such a charming name.) This recipe employs waffles as the bread and combines the free-spirited toplessness of a tartine sandwich with classic croque monsieur ingredients. Waffle tartines make a satisfying breakfast or, with a vinaigrette-dressed salad served alongside, an excellent midday meal or light dinner. If you’ve got classic waffles in your freezer and are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary way to use them, here’s your answer.

Reprinted with permission from Waffles