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Grilled Cheese Chaffle

Grilled Cheese Chaffle

Grilled Cheese Chaffle

1 egg

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 C. shredded cheddar

2 Slices American cheese or 1/4 C. of shredded cheese

1 T. butter

 

Heat up your  mini waffle maker. In a small bowl mix the egg, garlic powder and shredded cheddar cheese. Once the  waffle maker is heated up add in half the chaffle mixture. Cook for 4 minutes and remove.  Add the remainder of the chaffle mixture to the mini waffle maker and cook for 4 minutes.

Once both chaffles are done heat a pan on the stove over medium heat.  Add 1 T. butter and melt it. Once the butter is melted in the pan and place 1 chaffle down in the pan. Top that chaffle with the cheese of your choice and add the second chaffle on top of it. Heat the chaffle for 1 minute on the first side and flip over and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the other side to finish melting the cheese.

Once the cheese is melted remove from the pan and enjoy!

Waffled Tuna Cakes

Waffled Tuna Cakes

Waffled Tuna Cakes

 

2 Cans Tuna

1 Egg

1 tsp. Minced Garlic

3 T. Mayonnaise

1 T. Lemon Juice

1/4 C. Crushed Pork Rinds

1/2 tsp. Onion Powder

2 T. Melted Butter

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

 

Drain the liquid off of the Tuna, then add the tuna to a mixing bowl. Add the egg, garlic, mayonnaise, lemon juice, crushed pork rinds or bread crumbs, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix until very well combined. Preheat your waffle iron. Use the melted butter to coat the hot iron, then divide the tuna mixture into 6. Place a ball of the tuna mixture onto the center of the greased iron. Cook until golden Brown. Serve with a side of Dill Pickle Dip and Lemon.

 

Dill Pickle Dip

 

2 Small Dill Pickles

2 T. Mayonnaise

1 T. Lemon Juice

1 T. Fresh Dill

Salt to taste

 

Dice the Pickles into small pieces then mix with the mayo, lemon juice, dill and salt.

WIW: Loaded Hash Browns

WIW: Loaded Hash Browns

WIW: Loaded Hash Browns

1 russet (baking) potato, about 10-oz., peeled and shredded
1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp. dried)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. unsalted butter, melted
grated cheese, sour cream, bacon and/ or ketchup (for serving)

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Squeeze the shredded potato with a towel until it’s as dry as you can manage (excess liquid is the enemy of crispiness; your potatoes will steam if they aren’t dried well.) In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded potato, rosemary, salt, and pepper. With a silicone brush, spread the butter on both sides of the waffle iron. Pile the shredded potatoes into the waffle iron- overstuff the waffle iron a bit- and close the lid. (The pressure of the lid will compress the potatoes and help them emerge as a cohesive waffled unit.) After 2 minutes, press down a bit on the lid to further compress the potatoes. (Careful: The lid maybe hot.) Check the potatoes after 10 minutes. They should be just starting to turn golden brown in places. When the potatoes are golden brown throughout, 1 to 2 minutes more, carefully remove them from the waffle iron. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream and/or ketchup. I added bacon too!

WIW: Smores Waffles with Nutella and Toasted Coconut

WIW: Smores Waffles with Nutella and Toasted Coconut

WIW: Smores Waffles with Nutella and Toasted Coconut

2 eggs

2 C. flour

1½ C. milk

¼ C.  honey

3 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

2 graham crackers, crushed

 

nutella

mini marshmallows

pancake syrup

toasted coconut

crushed graham crackers

 

Stir all the waffle batter ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Preheat a waffle iron. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook until golden brown. While it’s still in the waffle iron, cut the waffle in half and carefully spread each side with Nutella. Add a layer of mini marshmallows to one of the two halves, and then fold the remaining half over on top of the marshmallows. Close the waffle iron enough to press both sides together and melt the marshmallows (about 3-4 minutes).   Remove from waffle iron and top with syrup, toasted coconut, and more crushed graham crackers.

WIW: Cinnamon-Sugar Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

WIW: Cinnamon-Sugar Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

WIW: Cinnamon-Sugar Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

2 C. all-purpose flour

3 T. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

2 C. whole milk

2 large eggs

6 T. butter, melted and cooled

Cinnamon and powdered sugar, for serving

Blueberry Syrup, for serving

 

2 C. frozen blueberries, thawed

1/2 C. pure maple syrup

1 tsp. fresh lemon zest

 

Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. salt. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and butter. Add the wet mixture to the dry and whisk to combine, being careful not to over mix. Some lumps are good. Depending on the size of your waffle maker, add 1/4 to 1/2 C. of batter into the center of the waffle iron. Close the lid and cook until golden and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Blueberry Syrup: Add the blueberries, maple syrup and zest to a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to break up some of the berries. Simmer for 5 minutes.

WIW: Buttermilk Corn Waffle with Berry Syrup

WIW: Buttermilk Corn Waffle with Berry Syrup

WIW: Buttermilk Corn Waffle with Berry Syrup

1 C. blackberries

1 C. blueberries

1 C. pure maple syrup

 

1 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. cornmeal

2 T. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. fine salt

1 ear corn, kernels removed

1 1/2 C. buttermilk

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing waffle iron

 

For the berry syrup: Combine 1/2 C. blackberries, 1/2 C. blueberries and the syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries begin to pop and the syrup reduces slightly, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining berries. Cover and keep warm.For the waffle batter: Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high if there are settings (but it’s ok if there aren’t any). Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (to keep cooked waffles warm). Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and corn kernels in a large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla, eggs and butter in another bowl. Fold the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined (it’s ok if there are lumps).Lightly brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron with butter, then fill each section about three-quarters of the way full (there should still be some waffle iron showing). Close and cook until the waffles are golden brown and slightly crisp, 6 to 10 minutes. Keep waffles warm in the oven or covered with foil on a plate while you repeat with the remaining batter.

WIW: Zucchini-Parmesan Flattened Fritters

WIW: Zucchini-Parmesan Flattened Fritters

WIW: Zucchini-Parmesan Flattened Fritters

2 C. shredded zucchini (about 2 medium-size zucchini)

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg

1/4 C. milk

1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Nonstick cooking spray

 

Place the zucchini in a strainer or colander and sprinkle with 1⁄4 tsp. of the salt. Let it stand for 30 minutes. Rinse well with cold water. Press to remove excess liquid from the zucchini and then blot dry with a clean lint-free towel or paper towels. Preheat the waffle iron on medium. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and then add the milk and 1⁄4 C. of the Parmesan. Whisk well to combine. In a small bowl, combine the flour, remaining 1⁄4 tsp. salt, and pepper. Mix well and stir into the large bowl with the egg mixture. Add the zucchini and toss until well combined. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Place rounded T. of the zucchini mixture on the waffle iron, leaving space between each scoop for the fritters to spread. Close the lid. Check after 3 minutes. Cook until lightly browned and cooked through, and remove from the waffle iron. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 with remaining batter. Finished fritters can be kept warm in a oven on low. To serve, top the fritters with the remaining 1⁄4 C. Parmesan.

WIW: Caprese Salad with Waffled Eggplant

WIW: Caprese Salad with Waffled Eggplant

WIW: Caprese Salad with Waffled Eggplant

1 small eggplant, cut into round slices, about 1/2-inch thick

kosher salt or coarse sea salt, to taste

ground black pepper, to taste

2 medium-size tomatoes

4 oz. fresh mozzarella

1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 large bunch basil, washed and dried, stems removed

 

Place the eggplant slices on a layer of paper towels and generously sprinkle both sides of the slices with salt. Allow the eggplant to sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes into rounds. Do the same with the mozzarella. Preheat the waffle iron on high. Rinse the eggplant slices in cold water to wash off the salt. Pat the slices dry. Brush both sides of each eggplant slice with olive oil. Place the eggplant in the waffle iron, close the lid and cook for 4 minutes, or until the eggplant is soft and cooked through. Remove the eggplant from the waffle iron and set on a serving plate, layering it with slices of tomatoes and cheese. Scatter the basil leaves atop the salad. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.

WIW: Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches

WIW: Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches

WIW: Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches

3 C. buttermilk

2 T. hot sauce

4 thin chicken breasts (about 1½ lb.)

2½ C. all-purpose flour

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

Oil, for frying

 

1 recipe Savory Cheese Waffles (8 waffles total)

1 C. arugula

2 tomatoes, thickly sliced

 

In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, combine the buttermilk and hot sauce. Add the chicken breasts and toss to coat. Marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator (and up to overnight). In a large, shallow bowl, whisk the flour with the salt, pepper, baking powder and cayenne to combine. . In a large sauté pan, heat 2 inches of oil over medium heat until it reads 350°F on a thermometer. While the oil heats, remove each chicken breast from the buttermilk and shake off the excess. Dredge the chicken in the flour to coat well. Dip the chicken back into the buttermilk and then back into the flour mixture. . When the oil is very hot (test it by dropping in a piece of extra breading–it should sizzle and immediately float to the surface), add the chicken and cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken from the oil to a plate lined with absorbent paper towels; let drain. . To build the sandwiches, place a waffle on a plate. Top it with ¼ C. arugula and 1 or 2 tomato slices. Top with a piece of chicken and another waffle. Serve immediately.

WIW: Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

WIW: Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

WIW: Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened

1/2 C. light brown sugar, firmly packed

2 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 C. old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 C. semisweet mini chocolate chips

nonstick cooking spray

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric hand mixer until mostly smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla, then continue beating until they are fully incorporated. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until few streaks of flour remain. Add the oats and chocolate chips and stir to combine. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Place a heaping T. of dough onto each waffle section, allowing room for the cookies to spread. Close the lid and cook until the cookies are set and beginning to brown, 2 or 3 minutes. The cookies should be soft when you remove them and will firm up as they cool. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Repeat cooking with the remaining batter

WIW: Chicken Parmesan with Waffled Vegetables

WIW: Chicken Parmesan with Waffled Vegetables

WIW: Chicken Parmesan with Waffled Vegetables

 

3/4 C. (180 mL) all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste

1 1/2 C. (375 mL) plain bread crumbs

1/4 C. (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp. (5 mL) salt

1 tsp. (5 mL) freshly ground black pepper

2 C. marinara sauce

4 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets (1 1/2 lb/750 g total)

Non-stick cooking spray

1/2 C. (125 mL) grated mozzarella cheese

Waffled vegetables (recipe below)

Fresh whole basil leaves (optional)

 

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Place the flour in a shallow bowl or deep plate. In a second shallow bowl or deep plate, beat the eggs with a few drops of hot sauce. In a third shallow bowl or deep plate, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan and lemon zest. Add 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) of the salt and 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) of the pepper. Bring the marinara sauce to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Put a single layer of the chicken in a zip-top bag, set it on a flat surface and press down on the chicken with a cutting board, rolling pin or heavy frying pan until the chicken is about 1/4-inch (6-mm) thick. Remove the chicken from the bag, place it on a clean cutting board and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) each of salt and pepper over it. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Dredge a chicken cutlet in the flour, shaking off any excess. Transfer it to the bowl with the egg and turn the chicken to coat. Allow the excess egg mixture to drip back into the bowl, then coat the chicken with the bread crumb mixture, pressing the mixture to the chicken so it sticks. Set it aside on a platter and repeat with the remaining chicken. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with non-stick spray. Place the chicken in the waffle iron, close the lid and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 4 minutes. Top the chicken with the grated mozzarella and close the lid for 20 seconds to allow the cheese to melt. Remove the chicken from the waffle iron. Ladle about 1/2 C. (125 mL) marinara sauce per portion onto a plate and then place the chicken on top of the sauce. Drizzle with a little more sauce, add the waffled vegetables to the plate and garnish everything with the basil.

 

Waffled Vegetables

 

2 medium zucchini (about 1 lb/500 g), cut into 1/2-inch-thick (1-cm) chunks

1 large red bell pepper (about 1/2 lb/250 g), stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch-wide (6-mm) strips

2 T. (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp. (1 mL) salt

 

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Toss the zucchini and the pepper with the olive oil and salt in a large bowl. Place as many vegetables as will fit on the waffle iron, close the lid and cook until the zucchini has softened but is not mushy, 4 minutes. Use silicone-tipped tongs to remove the vegetables and place them on a serving plate. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 with the remaining vegetables

 

WIW: Brioche Waffles (Liege waffles, or gaufre de liège)

WIW: Brioche Waffles (Liege waffles, or gaufre de liège)

WIW: Brioche Waffles (Liege waffles, or gaufre de liège)

½ C. whole milk

4 large eggs

4 C. unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tsp. kosher salt

3 T. granulated sugar

1¾ tsp. instant or rapid rise yeast

1 C. room-temperature unsalted butter

1 C. pearl sugar or crushed sugar cubes

vegetable oil

chocolate sauce (to serve)

In a small saucepot, heat milk to scalding, or 180°F, using a candy thermometer to gauge temperature. Pour milk into a heatproof bowl and set aside, with candy thermometer, to cool to 110°F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add warm milk and then eggs, flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Mix on medium speed until dough is fully moistened and cleans the sides of the bowl, about 8 minutes. Scrape dough off hook, press together into bottom of bowl, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Then add bowl back to stand mixer and begin adding butter on medium speed, increasing speed one setting at a time, until fully incorporated and dough is glossy and smooth, about 8 minutes. Add pearl sugar and mix just until incorporated. Place dough in an oiled bowl, making sure to coat dough in a little oil, as well, and tightly wrap with plastic wrap; refrigerate dough overnight. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and press into a rectangle 5 inches by 8 inches. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into quarters, then each quarter into 3 equal pieces for a total of 12 pieces. Round each portion into a ball and set aside to warm to room temperature for 45 minutes; lightly cover bowl with a tea towel. Preheat waffle iron on medium-high heat. After dough balls have rested and waffle iron is hot, bake each waffle in iron until a deep golden brown. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and serve.

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

4 to 6 servings of your favorite prepared mac and cheese

3/4 C. shredded cheese

spray oil

Waffle iron

Heat waffle iron on high setting. Spray iron with oil. Fill iron with mac and cheese, topping with additional shredded cheese. Close iron and cook for about 5 minutes. (I did not force mine to close all the way.) You want the mac and cheese to be just to the point of being brown and crispy- but not over cooked, since the mac and cheese could dry out. (The extra cheese helps with this.) After cooking allow waffle to cool just a bit and carefully loose the edges of the waffle. The waffle should pop right out!

WIW: Classic Waffleburger

WIW: Classic Waffleburger

WIW: Classic Waffleburger

Nonstick cooking spray
1 lb. ground beef
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 slices American, Cheddar, or Gruyere cheese (optional)

4 store-bought or homemade hamburger buns

Ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and pickles, for serving

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Season the beef with the salt and pepper and form it into 4 patties, each roughly the shape of the buns. Place as many patties as will fit in the waffle iron, close the lid, and cook until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 160 F on an instant-read thermometer, 3 minutes. When the patties have cooked, remove them from the waffle iron. If you would like a waffleburger with cheese leave a patty in the waffle iron, top with the cheese, and close the lid to waffle very briefly— about 5 seconds. Repeat with any remaining patties. Serve on a bun with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.

WIW: Gridded Grilled Cheese

WIW: Gridded Grilled Cheese

WIW: Gridded Grilled Cheese

 

1 T. Room Temperature Butter

2 slices Sturdy Sandwich Bread

3 oz. good melting Cheese, such as cheddar, american, taleggio

 

Preheat the waffle iron on low. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place a slice of bread, buttered side down, on the waffle iron, as far away from the hinge as possible. (This will allow the lid to press down on the sandwich more evenly.) Distribute the cheese evenly on the bread Top with the second slice of bread, buttered side up. Close the lid of the waffle iron and cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown. 3 minutes. About halfway through, you may need to rotate the sandwich 180 degrees to ensure even pressure and cooking. Remove the sandwich from the waffle iron. Slice into halves or quarters and serve.

WIW: Shrimp & Waffles

WIW: Shrimp & Waffles

WIW: Shrimp & Waffles

Waffles:

1 C. cornmeal

1 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. grated Parmesan

2 tsp. baking powder

Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1 1/2 C. buttermilk

3 T. grapeseed or vegetable oil

1 T. packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

Cooking spray

Shrimp:

1 lb. large peeled, deveined shrimp, tails removed

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 T. olive oil

1/2 C. dry white wine

1 C. grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

4 scallions, sliced

4 T. unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/4 C. grated Parmesan

2 tsp. hot sauce, plus more for serving

Lemon wedges, for serving

 

For the waffles: Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, Parmesan, baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, cayenne, garlic powder and a few grinds of black pepper in a large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, grapeseed oil, sugar and eggs in a medium bowl. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and gently stir until just incorporated (it’s OK if there are some lumps). Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, preheat a waffle iron to medium-high. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Spray the top and bottom of the waffle iron with cooking spray. Fill the waffle iron about three-quarters full of batter (some of the waffle iron should still be showing). Close the lid gently and cook according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown and crisp. Keep the cooked waffles warm in the oven.  For the shrimp: Sprinkle the shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook until they just start to turn bright pink on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes (if the pan gets too dry, add water 1 T. at a time). Add the tomatoes and scallions and toss with the shrimp until the tomatoes just begin to soften, about 1 minute. Add the butter pieces and swirl the pan until there’s a thick sauce. Stir in the Parmesan and hot sauce.  Arrange 2 waffles per plate and spoon the shrimp and sauce evenly over the waffles. Serve with lemon wedges and more hot sauce.

Cheddar & Chive BLT Waffle

Cheddar & Chive BLT Waffle

WIW: Cheddar & Chive BLT Waffle

 

1.5 C. plain or all purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

0.5 tsp. baking soda

0.5 tsp. salt

pepper to taste

70ml / 0.3 C. melted butter

2 large eggs

230ml / 1.25 C. whole milk

50g / 1 C. grated strong cheddar cheese

1 tsp. chopped chives

 

For the sandwich filling:

8 slices crispy bacon

1 large tomato

handful of lettuce

2 T. mayo

 

In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. In another bowl whisk together the butter, eggs and milk. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just enough to incorporate all the ingredients. Do not over mix. Add the cheese and chives and mix gently again. Heat your waffle iron and add approximately 1/2 C. of batter to each of the plates. The amount of batter will depend on the size of your waffle iron. Cook for 4-6 minutes until the waffles are starting to get crispy on the outside. Remove and allow to cool while you prepare the sandwich fillings. Layer the bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo between two waffles, cut in half and serve immediately.

WIW: Waffled Portabello Mushroom with Italian Herbs

WIW: Waffled Portabello Mushroom with Italian Herbs

WIW: Waffled Portabello Mushroom with Italian Herbs

1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 C. neutral-flavored oil, such as canola

1 T. Italian herbs (or 1 tsp. each dried rosemary, dried basil, and dried oregano)

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 portobello mushrooms, stems snapped off and discarded

 

In a shallow bowl or deep dish, combine the oils, herbs, salt and pepper. Stir to evenly distribute the herbs. To prepare the mushrooms, scoop out the gills with a spoon and wipe down the mushroom cap with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt. Place the mushroom caps in the oil mixture and marinate for at least 30 minutes, turning them over about halfway through. Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Place the mushrooms, cap side up, in the waffle iron and close the lid . Check the mushrooms after 5 minutes The caps should be soft and cooked through. Remove the mushrooms from the waffle iron and serve. VARIATION: Top with melted cheese: When the mushrooms have cooked for 5 minutes, lift the lid, place slices of mozzarella or fontina atop the mushrooms, and close the lid for 20 seconds If the cheese has not melted sufficiently, continue cooking with the lid down for another 10 seconds.

Savory Mortadella, Garlic, and Caper Puff-Pastry Waffle

Savory Mortadella, Garlic, and Caper Puff-Pastry Waffle

WIW: Savory Mortadella, Garlic, and Caper Puff-Pastry Waffle

Follow the recipe for WIW: Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles , rolling puff pastry to a 16” square, topping it with mortadella, garlic and capers, then rolling it up and twisting into a spiral.

¼ C. EVOO

1/4 C. loosely packed parsley leaves and tender stems (about 4 sprigs)

5 medium garlic cloves

1 T. capers

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 lb. thinly sliced mortadella or bologna

All-purpose flour, for dusting

1 (1/2-lb.) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

 

Preheat a Belgian waffle iron according to manufacturer directions. Combine olive oil, parsley, garlic, and capers and, using a mini food processor or an immersion blender, process into a semi-smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly dust a work surface. Lay out puff pastry sheet, lightly flour top, and roll into an approximate 16- by 16-inch square. Spread garlic sauce on puff pastry, leaving a 1 inch border on all edges. Layer mortadella on top, leaving a 1-inch border on all edges. Roll puff pastry sheet away from you like a jelly roll. When completely rolled, pinch seam to seal. Pinch ends of puff pastry to seal, then coil into a disk-shaped spiral. Place spiral in center of preheated waffle iron. Cook until puff pastry is deep golden brown on all surfaces and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190 to 200°F, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into wedges, and serve immediately.

 

Waffled Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Waffled Sweet Potato Gnocchi

WIW: Waffled Sweet Potato Gnocchi

1 large baking potato (such as russet) and 1 large sweet potato (about 1½ lb. total)

1¼ C. all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring the work surface

½ C. grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Dash of grated nutmeg (optional)

1 large egg, beaten

Nonstick cooking spray or melted buter

Pesto or Waffled Sage and Butter Sauce

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the potatoes until easily pierced with a fork, about an hour. Let the potatoes cool slightly, then peel them. (They may be just shy of the texture you’d want in a baked potato, but keep in mind they’re being cooked again later.) Pass the potatoes through a food mill or a ricer or grate them over the large holes of a box grater and into a large bowl. Add the 1 1⁄4 C. flour to the potatoes and use your hands to mix them together, breaking up any lumps of potato along the way. Sprinkle the cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg over the dough and knead lightly to distribute evenly. Once the flour and potatoes are combined, make a well in the center of the bowl and add the beaten egg. Using your fingers, work the egg through the dough until it starts to come together. It will be slightly sticky. On a lightly floured surface, gently knead the dough a few times to bring it together. It should be moist, but not wet and sticky. If it’s too sticky, add 1 T. flour at a time, up to 1⁄ 4 C.. Roll the dough into a log and cut it into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about the diameter of your thumb and then use a sharp knife to cut into 1-inch segments. Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray, or butter the grids using a silicone pastry brush. Turn down the oven to its lowest setting and set aside a baking sheet to keep the finished gnocchi warm. Gently shake off any residual flour from the gnocchi and place a batch on the waffle iron, leaving a bit of space for each to expand. Close the lid and cook until the grid marks on the gnocchi are golden brown, 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining gnocchi, keeping the cooked gnocchi warm on the baking sheet in the oven. Serve hot with Pesto Sauce or Waffled Sage and Butter Sauce. Variation: There’s another method possible: shaping the gnocchi in the waffle iron and boiling them. Follow the recipe through Step 6. Do not turn on the waffle iron. Dust the gnocchi lightly with flour, place them in the waffle iron, leaving space for the gnocchi to spread a bit, and close the lid. After 10 seconds, lift the lid, remove the gnocchi, and set them aside on a plate. Repeat until you’ve shaped all the gnocchi. At this point, the gnocchi can be boiled until they float, about 2 minutes, or flash-frozen in a single layer on a baking sheet for an hour, and then transferred to a zip-top bag for storage in the freezer. Frozen gnocchi will take an extra minute to cook.

 

Waffled Sage and Butter Sauce

 

Preheat waffle iron. Melt ½ stick salted butter and dip 16 large sage leaves into butter, then transfer them to the waffle iron. Cook until crispy and slightly browned, about a minute. Pour butter over gnocchi and garnish with sage.

Cat Cora’s bacon-cheddar waffles with whiskey maple syrup

Cat Cora’s bacon-cheddar waffles with whiskey maple syrup

WIW: Cat Cora’s bacon-cheddar waffles with whiskey maple syrup

 

4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 C. all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 egg

1 C. buttermilk

3 T. melted butter

3/4 C. grated sharp cheddar

3 scallions, thinly sliced

 

1 1/2 C. good quality maple syrup

2 T. whiskey

1 tsp. maple extract

 

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pepper. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 egg, buttermilk, and 1 T. melted butter. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, whisking until smooth. Add crumbled bacon, cheddar, and almost all scallions to batter. Heat a waffle maker and brush with melted butter. Cook waffles in batches until golden. Garnish with remaining scallions and drizzle with syrup. For the syrup: Mix all together and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

WIW: Lemon Almond Waffles

WIW: Lemon Almond Waffles

WIW: Lemon Almond Waffles

1/2 C. honey

Vegetable oil cooking spray

2 T. fresh lemon juice

Zest of 1 large lemon

 

2 large eggs, separated, at room temperature

2 C. unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk

3 T. sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3/4 tsp. pure almond extract

Zest of 1 large lemon

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. almond flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

3/4 C. mini chocolate chips, optional

 

Preheat the waffle maker. Lightly spray the waffle grills with vegetable oil cooking spray.

For the lemon honey: Heat the honey, lemon juice and lemon zest over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until warm, about 4 minutes.  For the waffles: Beat the egg whites until they are thick and hold soft peaks using a whisk or an electric hand mixer in a medium bowl, about 2 minutes.  Combine the egg yolks, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract and lemon zest in a large bowl. Beat until smooth. Add the all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until smooth. Fold the egg whites, butter and chocolate chips if using into the batter. Using the amount recommended by the waffle iron manufacturer’s instructions, about 1/3 C. of batter for each waffle, pour the batter into the preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Drizzle with lemon honey and serve.

 

WIW: Pizza Margherita with Waffled Crust

WIW: Pizza Margherita with Waffled Crust

WIW: Pizza Margherita with Waffled Crust

4 C. bread flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp. instant yeast
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 ½ C. lukewarm water
Neutral-flavored oil, such as canola, for coating the bowl
Nonstick cooking spray

 

3 C. marinara sauce
2 C. shredded mozzarella
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
1 large bunch basil, washed, dried, and finely chopped

 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the water and mix until the dough is shaggy and most of the water has been absorbed. Turn the dough out of the bowl onto a lightly floured counter and knead until it is just blended but not too smooth. Cover the dough with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Knead the dough until it is fairly smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Coat a bowl with the oil, add the dough to the bowl, and turn to coat. Let the dough rise in a warm place, covered with plastic wrap, for 2 ½ hours, or until nearly doubled in size. Dust your work surface with more flour. Punch down the dough, divide it into 6 pieces, place the pieces on your work surface, and form each into a smooth ball. Allow the pieces to rest for 5 minutes, covered by a cloth or plastic wrap. When you are ready to waffle, remove the wrap and shape each piece into a disk, pulling gradually on the dough to expand it. If it resists, let it rest for 5 minutes before continuing. Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Pull a disk of dough evenly until it’s as thin as possible, roughly circular, and about 8 inches in diameter (but no bigger than your waffle iron). If the dough tears, repair the tear by pushing the dough together and continuing to stretch other parts of the dough. Repeat with each dough disk. Preheat the broiler. Put a disk of dough in the waffle iron and cook about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the disk from the waffle iron and set it on a baking sheet. Repeat Step 8 with the remaining disks. Top each waffled crust with about 1/2 C. of sauce, 1/3 C. of cheese, and a handful of the tomatoes, if using, and place the baking sheet under the broiler for about 2 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Remove the pizzas from the broiler, sprinkle with basil, and serve warm.

Waffle Taco Shell

Waffle Taco Shell

Waffle Taco Shell

1 low-fat waffle, thawed from frozen

Serving suggestion: egg whites, light cheese, lean sausage crumbles, cilantro, and salsa

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lay the waffle flat on a clean, dry surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten the waffle as much as possible. Very carefully hang the waffle over one grate of an oven rack, so it resembles the shape of an upside-down taco. Bake it until crispy and firm, about 5 minutes. Carefully remove the waffle taco shell, and stuff it with breakfasty taco items such as egg whites, light cheese, lean sausage crumbles, cilantro, and salsa!

 

WIW: Chocolate Waffles with Caramel-Bacon Syrup

WIW: Chocolate Waffles with Caramel-Bacon Syrup

WIW: Chocolate Waffles with Caramel-Bacon Syrup

3/4 C. water

1/4 C. pure vegetable oil

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 packet (7 oz.) chocolate chip pancake mix or

1 packet (7 oz.) buttermilk pancake mix

1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder

3 T. sugar

Nonstick cooking spray

 

1/4 C. pancake syrup

3/4 C. sundae syrup, caramel flavored

Whipped cream

Ground cinnamon to taste

1/4 C. diced cooked bacon

 

Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. Whisk water, oil, egg and vanilla in large bowl. Stir in pancake mix, cocoa and sugar until evenly moistened. Allow to stand 1 minute. Coat waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 C. batter for each waffle onto waffle iron. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until done. Repeat to make a total of 10 4-inch waffles.

 

Caramel Syrup: Whisk together pancake syrup and caramel flavored syrup in small bowl. Drizzle 1 T. on serving plates. Cut 2 waffles in half diagonally to make 4 triangles. Arrange on top of syrup. Top with additional caramel flavored syrup, whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and bacon pieces.

Crab Cakes Waffled

Crab Cakes Waffled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crab Cakes Waffled

1 170g tin crab meat, drained (squeeze the water out by pushing the lid down and pouring off the liquid)
1 tbs coconut flour
2 tbs almond flour/meal
1/2 tsp. onion flakes
1/2 tsp. garlic flakes
1/4 tsp. massel vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. dried parsley or a tbs fresh parsley
1 fresh range organic egg

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Cook in a pre-heated waffle maker until cooked through. NOTE: You can also shape into patties and cook in a fry pan or bake in the oven.

WIW: Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops & Mango Cilantro Dip

WIW: Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops & Mango Cilantro Dip

WIW: Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops & Mango Cilantro Dip

3/4 C. yellow corn meal

3/4 C. all-purpose flour

1 T. Caribbean seasoning divided

2 tsp. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 C. milk

1 egg

1 T. vegetable or canola oil

1 jalapeño seeds & ribs removed, finely chopped

1/3 C. red onion finely chopped

1 lb. large or jumbo precooked shrimp

Wooden skewers

 

3/4 C. plain yogurt

2 ripe mangos chopped

1 lime juiced & zested

1/4 C. fresh cilantro chopped

1 T. honey

 

Prepare waffle batter by mixing together dry ingredients corn meal, flour, 2 tsp. Caribbean seasoning, sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl mix together wet ingredients milk, egg, and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Mixture should be fairly thick, but add a little more milk if needed. Mix in jalapeño and onion. Lightly brush waffle iron with oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray if desired. Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer directions. Sprinkle remaining 1 tsp. of Caribbean seasoning onto shrimp. Place a wooden skewer in each shrimp. Dip in waffle batter, then place in waffle iron in batches. Cook about 2-3 minutes or until waffles are golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Meanwhile, place yogurt, mangos, lime juice and zest, cilantro, and honey in food processor and process until smooth. Recipe Notes: waffle batter should be fairly thick, but add milk as desired so that you can dip shrimp. You don’t want the batter too thin, or it won’t stick to the shrimp. If you don’t have a food processor for the dip, you can chop the ingredients and mix together or mash with a fork or use a blender. You can use any kind of Caribbean or Jerk seasoning. You may need to adjust the amount of seasoning based on the spiciness. You can substitute bell pepper for the jalapeño for a more mild flavor.

 

WIW: Waffled Breakfast Quesadillas

WIW: Waffled Breakfast Quesadillas

WIW: Waffled Breakfast Quesadillas

 

4 8 in. flour tortillas

2 C. scrambled eggs, (about 7 eggs)

1 1/2 C. Mexican cheese

12 pieces bacon, cooked

1 T. canola oil

 

Heat waffle iron and then using a brush, coat waffle iron with Canola Oil. Place 1/2 C. scrambled eggs onto half of one 8in tortilla, layer with cheese and three bacon pieces. Fold other half of quesadilla over and transfer to waffle iron. Cook until browned, about 7-10 minutes. Repeat with remaining 3 tortillas.

 

WIW: Doughnut Chips

WIW: Doughnut Chips

WIW: Doughnut Chips

1 C. granulated sugar

1 T. cinnamon

12 leftover doughnuts (such as plain, glazed or cake doughnuts; nothing with a thick frosting)

 

Preheat a waffle iron on high. In a small bowl, mix the sugar with the cinnamon to combine. Cut each of the doughnuts in half. Working in batches, place 2 or 3 halved doughnuts in the waffle iron and press firmly to close. Cook for 30 to 45 seconds. Remove the doughnuts from the waffle iron and transfer to a large plate. Press a heavy skillet on top of the waffled doughnuts for 5 to 10 seconds. Transfer the chips to the cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. The doughnuts will get crispy as they cool. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts. Cool completely before serving.

WIW: Crispy Sesame Waffled Kale

WIW: Crispy Sesame Waffled Kale

WIW: Crispy Sesame Waffled Kale

1 bunch kale, washed and thoroughly dried, thick stems removed
2 tsp. sesame oil blend or neutral-flavored oil, such as canola or grapeseed, mixed with a few drops pure sesame oil
Kosher salt, to taste

 

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. In a large bowl, toss the kale with the oil to coat. Place as much of the kale as will fit in the waffle iron, covering the grid. Some overlap is fine, so don’t worry too much about placing it in a single layer. The kale will cook down considerably, so it need not all lie flat; the pressure of the waffle iron lid will see to that. Close the waffle iron lid for 30 seconds, then open and redistribute the kale for a more even layer. Close the lid again. After 8 minutes, check on the kale. Some pieces may finish before others. Remove those pieces and place them on a plate. It may take up to 15 minutes for the kale to become crispy and chiplike. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 with the remaining kale. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

 

Variations: Use a neutral-flavored oil, such as canola or grapeseed, in Step 2 and sprinkle the finished kale with any of the following:

 

Seasoning salt

Cumin

Smoked paprika

Lemon pepper

Chili powder with a squeeze of lime

Sesame seeds

Crisscrossed Crab Cakes

Crisscrossed Crab Cakes

WIW: Crisscrossed Crab Cakes

1 large egg, beaten, with a pinch of salt

Pinch of cayenne pepper or curry powder

1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper or lemon pepper

1 1/2 C. lump crab (about 10 oz.)

1/2 C. plain bread crumbs

1/4 C. green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 T. shallot, chopped

nonstick cooking spray

1 lemon, sliced

chili sauce, such as Sriracha, to taste

1/4 C. mayonnaise

 

Preheat the waffle iron on high. Preheat the oven on its lowest setting. In a small bowl, mix the egg, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Set aside. In a medium-size bowl, gently combine the crab, bread crumbs, bell pepper and shallot. Add the egg mixture, stirring gently to incorporate it evenly into the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, combine chili sauce and mayonnaise. Set aside. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. With a measuring C., scoop out 1/2 C. of the mixture and place it in the waffle iron. Close the lid and cook until the bread crumbs are golden brown and no liquid remains, about 3 minutes. Remove the crab cake from the waffle iron, spritz it with a lemon slice. Keep warm in oven. Repeat cooking with the remaining mixture. Dollop a T. of the mayonnaise mixture on each crab cake. Garnish with remaining lemon slices.

Waffle Omelets

Waffle Omelets

WIW: Waffle Omelets

2 eggs (per omelet)

Bell peppers (green, red, orange, yellow – your choice)

Roma tomatoes

Yellow onions

Any other veggies

Salt and pepper

2 T. milk

 

Wash and dice the vegetables in to a fairly small dice. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and add salt and pepper for seasoning.  Add 2 T. of milk to eggs and whisk together.  Mix in veggies.  Add egg and veggie mix to waffle maker and cook until eggs are firm (don’t pay attention to waffle maker timer) Serve with some fresh tomatoes and top with shredded cheese if desired. Enjoy a healthy omelet!

Waffled Croque Madam

Waffled Croque Madam

Waffled Croque Madam

1 piece Pillsbury Crescent Dough or homemade Brioche Dough

1 T. unsalted Butter, melted

3 T. Béchamel Sauce

2 slices Black Forest Ham

¼ C. shredded Gruyere Cheese

1 Egg

 

Preheat waffle iron to medium. Use one wedge of crescent dough, cut it in half and arrange to make a square about 4-5 inches on each side. Brush both sides of waffle iron with melted butter using a silicone brush. Place dough square on the melted butter, close and cook that dough square 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to a plate. If using brioche dough, cook as above, but dough will cook a little longer depending on how thick you rolled your down, probably 4-5 minutes. Pour béchamel into cooked dough, allowing it to pool in the divots. Layer on ham, then cheese and transfer the assembled stack back to the waffle iron, close lid, and cook 10 seconds, just to melt the cheese. Remove to a plate. Crack egg into a small bowl, pour into buttered waffle iron and cook without closing the lid until the white is cooked through and yolk slightly set, 2-3 minutes. Carefully loosen edges and transfer to top of your sandwich and serve.

WIW: Waffles Coated with Cinnamon Sugar

WIW: Waffles Coated with Cinnamon Sugar

WIW: Waffles Coated with Cinnamon Sugar

2 tsp. yeast

½ C. warm water

1¾ C. milk

6 T. melted butter

2 eggs

½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 C. all-purpose flour

1 T. sugar

Pinch of salt

Pinch of cinnamon

 

1 C. sugar

2 T. cinnamon

 

Make the batter: In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk the milk with the melted butter, eggs and vanilla to combine. Gradually mix in the yeast mixture. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, salt and cinnamon to combine. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight. Make the waffles: Preheat the waffle iron, and preheat the oven to 200°. Lightly spray the plates of the iron with nonstick cooking spray, ladle batter into the waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the waffle is done, remove it with tongs and place it on a baking sheet. Make the cinnamon sugar: In a large, shallow bowl, mix the sugar with the cinnamon to combine. Toss the hot waffles in the cinnamon sugar, then return to the baking sheet. Keep the waffles warm in the preheated oven while you cook the rest of the batter. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream, icing or syrup.

WIW: Turkey & Swiss Waffle Panini

WIW: Turkey & Swiss Waffle Panini

WIW: Turkey & Swiss Waffle Panini

 

Sliced bread (I used an Italian Round)

Sliced turkey

Sliced swiss

Lettuce

Mustard, your favorite kind

Plug in your trusty waffle maker. Set to medium heat (if you can adjust). Place cheese then lettuce then turkey on one slice of bread. Spread the other slice of bread with mustard. Place bread together. Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Place sandwich on griddle. Slowly press down the top, squishing the sandwich as much as you can. Cook for about 2-5 minutes, depending on your waffle iron and how hot it cooks, etc. When golden brown and crispy, carefully remove from the griddle and serve right away. Enjoy!

WIW: Waffle Iron Cinnamon Apples

WIW: Waffle Iron Cinnamon Apples

WIW: Waffle Iron Cinnamon Apples

 

2 Apples

Coconut sugar or brown sugar

Cinnamon

Greek Yogurt

Berries

Heat the waffle iron and grease lightly with some spray oil. Cut the apple into 1/2 cm slices and sprinkle each slice with a little sugar and cinnamon. Place the apple slices in the waffle iron for approximately 2 minutes. Serve immediately with greek yogurt and berries.

WIW: Waffled Carrot Cake

WIW: Waffled Carrot Cake

WIW: Waffled Carrot Cake

1/2 C. pecan halves, plus extra for garnish

 

4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

2 T. unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 C. confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Pinch fine salt

 

1 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. fine salt

1/3 C. vegetable oil, plus more for brushing waffle iron

1/4 C. milk

1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1/4 C. sweetened shredded coconut

2 medium carrots, shredded (1 C.)

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread all the pecans on a baking sheet and bake until toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool slightly, then pulse 1/2 C. in a food processor until very finely chopped, but not ground. Roughly chop the remaining pecans for garnish. For the cream cheese frosting: Meanwhile, combine the cream cheese and butter in a small bowl and beat with a hand mixer until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and salt and beat until incorporated and smooth. Set aside. For the carrot cake: Turn the oven down to 200 degrees F. Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high. Whisk together the finely ground pecans, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil, milk, lemon zest, vanilla and eggs in another bowl. Stir in the coconut and carrots. Fold the carrot-egg mixture into the flour mixture until just combined (it’s ok if there are lumps). Lightly brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron with oil. Fill the waffle iron about three-quarters of the way full (some waffle iron should still be showing). Close the lid gently and cook until the waffle is golden brown and slightly crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Keep the cooked waffles warm in the oven or covered with foil on a plate while you make the remaining waffles. Spread each waffle with the cream cheese frosting, sprinkle with the chopped pecans and dust with cinnamon.

WIW: Waffled Salmon with Miso-Maple Glaze and Asparagus

WIW: Waffled Salmon with Miso-Maple Glaze and Asparagus

WIW: Waffled Salmon with Miso-Maple Glaze and Asparagus

1 T. maple syrup

2 tsp. yellow miso paste

1 tsp. distilled white vinegar

1 tsp. pure sesame oil

1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger

1 clove garlic, minced

Nonstick cooking spray

2 salmon fillets (4 to 6 oz. each), 1/2 inch thick, with or without skin

8 oz. asparagus (about 12 spears), washed and with tough bottom ends removed

1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, miso, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Set the mixture aside. Preheat the waffle iron on high. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Place the salmon (skin-side down, if it has skin) on the waffle iron and close the lid. While the fish is cooking, toss the asparagus with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper in another bowl. After 4 minutes, check on the fish. The salmon should be close to done. You should see no translucence on the edges. If your fillets are thicker than 1/2 inch or you’re unsure about whether the salmon is done, use a small, sharp knife to cut a small incision in the middle of the salmon. You should see only a trace of translucence in the middle. (The USDA recommends it reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F as measured on an instant-read thermometer; I like mine about 135 degrees F.) Use a silicone brush to baste the salmon with the glaze, close the lid, and cook until the glaze becomes sticky, 1 minute more.  Remove the fish from the waffle iron, place the asparagus spears in the waffle iron, and close the lid. Cook the asparagus until just tender, 3 minutes. Thinner spears will finish cooking first. Remove the spears as they finish. Serve the asparagus alongside the salmon. If you have extra glaze, strain the garlic from it and serve it on the side or drizzle it over the fish. Variations: Spice up the glaze by adding a few drops of chili paste or hot sauce to it. Or substitute an equal amount of soy sauce for the miso paste.

WIW: Perfect Homemade Waffles

WIW: Perfect Homemade Waffles

WIW: Perfect Homemade Waffles

3/4 C. all-purpose flour

1/4 C. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 C. whole milk or buttermilk

1/3 C. vegetable oil

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. sugar

3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Butter and syrup, for serving

 

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup. (or dust with confectioners sugar)

WIW: Sweet-and-Sour Waffled Shrimp Wontons

WIW: Sweet-and-Sour Waffled Shrimp Wontons

WIW: Sweet-and-Sour Waffled Shrimp Wontons

8oz. cooked and chilled prawns, peeled, tails removed

1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Two or three finely chopped spring onions, both green and white parts

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tsp. light brown sugar

2 tsp. distilled white vinegar

1/2 tsp. grated or minced fresh ginger

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 package wonton wrappers (at least 32 wrappers), about 3 1/2 inches per side

Nonstick cooking spray

3 T. soy sauce

2 tsp. rice vinegar

½ tsp. sesame oil

½ tsp. grated fresh ginger

¼ tsp. garlic-chili paste or Sriracha

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Finely chop the shrimp so that they end up as almost a paste. If you want to use a food processor, a half dozen quick pulses should accomplish this. Place the chopped shrimp in a medium-size bowl. Add the egg white, scallion, garlic, sugar, vinegar, ginger, salt, and pepper to the shrimp, stir to mix thoroughly, and set aside. Preheat the waffle iron on high. Preheat the oven on its lowest setting.   To form the dumplings, remove a wonton wrapper from the package. Using a pastry brush or a clean finger, wet all 4 edges of the wrapper. Place a scant T. of the shrimp mixture in the center and top with another wonton wrapper. Press along the edges to seal. The water should act as glue. If you find a spot that’s not sticking, add a bit more water. Set aside the finished wonton, cover with a damp towel, and shape the rest. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Set as many wontons on the waffle iron as will comfortably fit and close the lid. Cook for 2 minutes before checking. The wonton wrapper should lose its translucency and the waffle marks should be deep golden brown. This may take up to 4 minutes. Remove the cooked wontons and keep them warm in the oven while the others cook. Serve the wontons with the dipping sauce.  In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and ginger. Add the garlic-chili paste, then whisk again and taste. If you want a bit more heat, add more chili paste. Extra sauce can be kept in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week.