Waffle bars aren’t just for breakfast (though they’re great for that). They also make awesome family dinners and serve as the perfect party buffet. Best of all, they’re deceptively simple. Even the most-festive waffle bar can be set up in three easy steps.
1. First, decide on the waffle recipe you’ll use. A few fan-favorite suggestions:
Waffles may be known for their starring roles on breakfast tables, but when they’re not topped with warm maple syrup or cool whipped cream and berries, they shine alongside savory ingredients as well. From the tried-and-true marriage of waffles and fried chicken to the addition of bacon, cheese and spices, these tender, fluffy bites can be paired and stuffed with myriad flavors and textures; think of them as blank canvases just waiting to be dressed up depending on the batter. Read on below for classic and creative waffle inspiration with Food Network’s top-five waffle recipes from Damaris Phillips, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown and more chefs.
5. Semolina and Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle Pizzas — No longer just for breakfast, waffles take a savory turn with Damaris’ pizza pie-inspired recipe, boasting a sun-dried tomato waffle crust and traditional toppings, like homemade tomato sauce, gooey cheeses and fresh vegetables.
4. Chicken and Waffles — A trio of comfort food classics converge in Food Network Magazine’s quick-fix recipe: crispy, juicy fried chicken, fluffy waffles and smooth, buttery gravy.
After wrapping up our waffle project, we in Food Network Kitchens kept thinking of new things we wanted to waffle. Let’s share the fun: You waffle some foods and share your hits and misses. Here are five tips that will help you through your waffling adventures:
While we were working on the waffle project, we got really into waffling. We were waffling foods left and right to see what waffling’s magical crispifying effect improved (and what it didn’t). Here are some of their stories:
Waffle obsession is upon us. It started when Leah Brickley, a Food Network Kitchens’ recipe developer, made French toast in a waffle iron. It was so good, with the perfect ratio of crispy and crunchy to creamy and eggy, that FoodNetwork.com’s editors questioned why waffling isn’t the standard method of preparing French toast. Why isn’t this on brunch menus across the country? We wondered. And then: What else can we waffle?
Waffle mania ensued. Sure, there were some misses — which we’ll share with you in a later post — but Leah and team came up with a dozen waffled recipesthat just might best the originals (you should have seen the Iron Chef America crew, passing by tastings and doing double-takes at the creations). Check the waffles out in our gallery, then break out the waffle maker to make these awesomely easy (and quick!) breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. Happy waffling!
Storage is always an issue living in New York City, especially when it comes to much-coveted counter space; there never seems to be enough. It makes me pretty merciless when it comes to appliances and kitchen equipment. This also means I can’t afford to keep any one-trick ponies hanging around, so it was only logical for me to look beyond basic waffles when it came to cooking with my waffle iron.
A few years back I read about waffle grilled cheese in Jennifer Carden’s Toddler Café cookbook. It’s easy. Instead of cooking your grilled cheese in a skillet on the stovetop, you throw it into a preheated waffle iron doubling as a panini press. It’s a genius idea, and makes its way into my daughters’ lunchboxes a few times a week. My husband, Mikey, loved it so much that I would often gussy up the filling by using fresh mozzarella and tomato jam. It was the best of both worlds for him, from a culinary standpoint.
Then my eyes were opened even wider when my friend Silvana’s book, Cooking for Isaiah, came out. She had the brilliant idea of making shredded potato pancakes in her waffle iron. This works better in a standard waffle iron than a deep Belgian-style one, and is a fun twist on latkes.
Think beyond the typical breakfast waffle and try to incorporate sweet and savory flavors to take waffles beyond breakfast and into lunch and dinner. We’ve rounded up Food Network’s top five waffle recipes, each light, crispy and a cinch to prepare.