Inventive Ways to Waffle

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Step away from the waffle batter and syrup! There is more than one way to make use of your waffle maker. From breakfast to dessert, a waffle iron is one of the most versatile kitchen appliances that can take you to culinary places you never imagined before. We have a waffle recipe—or four—to share, but the fun doesn’t stop here! Whether you have a classic round waffle maker or a Belgian iron, don’t be afraid to experiment to see what foods you can “waffle.”

Churro-Waffles

Image Source: Rachel Ray Show

3-Minute Churros

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
Flour, for dusting
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder
Pinch of salt

Preheat waffle iron to medium heat. Dust cutting board with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll each puff pastry sheet out just a little bit to smooth the surface. Cut the puff pastry into quarters that fit into your waffle maker. Place puff pastry in waffle maker and cook for about 5 minutes or until crisp. Repeat with the rest of the puff pastry.

To make the cinnamon sugar, toss sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a large bowl. While waffles are still hot fresh our of the iron, place them one by one into the cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. Cut waffle into strips to resemble mini churros.

To make the chocolate dipper, heat heavy cream over medium-high heat until the cream is hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate chips. Season with cinnamon and ancho chili and salt. Serve churros with chocolate sauce alongside for dipping. Recipe via Rachael Ray Show.

falafel-waffle

Image Source: Will It Waffle

Waffled Falafel

1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 large egg whites
2 cloves garlic, halved
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
4 pita breads, halved
Toppings (optional):chopped lettuce, sliced tomato, cucumbers, onions, pickles, pickled beets, hard-boiled eggs, hummus

Combine the oil, cilantro, flour, parsley, baking powder, cumin, salt, coriander, cayenne, egg whites, garlic and chickpeas in a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Lightly brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron with oil. Fill the waffle iron about three-quarters of the way full. Close the lid gently and cook until the falafel is golden brown and firm in the center, about 6 to 10 minutes. Keep the cooked falafels warm in a 200F oven while you make the remaining falafels.

To build the sandwiches, stuff each pita half with a falafel. Add your choice of toppings. Recipe via Food Network Kitchen.

waffle-k

Image Source: Miss Hangry Pants

Kimchi Fried Rice Waffles

1 cup kimchi chopped into bits (use cabbage kimchi centers and not the leaves)
1/4 cup kimchi juice
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, chopped finely
1/2 jalapeño, chopped finely
1-2 tbsp gochujang/Korean chili paste (to taste)
3 tsp. sesame oil
2-3 cups day-old rice, cold
sesame seed, dried nori, green onion (optional)
fried egg

Fry garlic until fragrant, add onions and jalapeño and let sweat for about 2 minutes. Add kimchi and saute until softened for 2-3 minutes. Add gochujang and mix until fully combined. Add cold rice and break it up thoroughly. Drizzle in kimchi juice. Saute and toss frequently for 5 minutes. Add sesame oil and a handful of chopped green onion at the last minute (rice should be a little more dry than usual for waffling). Cool completely.

Preheat waffle maker. Stuff the machine with more kimchi fried rice waffle “batter” than usual. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy with a fried egg on top. Recipe via Miss Hangry Pants.

S’moreffles

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S’moreffles

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
7 tbsp. butter, cut into pieces, chilled
1/3 cup honey
5 tbsp. whole milk
2 tbsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon

Mix all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, honey and vanilla. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and rub together (or pulse in food processor) until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture until dough forms, add more flour if needed. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least two hours, or overnight.

On a lightly floured cutting board, roll out the dough so that it’s just over a quarter of an inch thick. Cut dough into squares with size depending on waffle iron. Cook for about 3 minutes.

Place one waffled graham cracker on the waffle iron and top with chocolate and marshmallows. Place another waffled graham cracker on top, close the waffle iron (you may not wish to close it all the way), and allow the heat to melt the chocolate and the marshmallows, takes about one minute. Recipe via Will It Waffle.