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If I were a superhero, I think I’d be “The Waffleizer.” Seriously, is there anything more fun to make or gobble up than waffles? But your waffle iron doesn’t have to be reserved just for just sweet brunch food anymore. It’s time to think outside the box. Today we “waffle” our lunch.
The combination of grilled ridges and melty cheese makes panini sandwiches so satisfying to me, and the same concept applies here. Taking that idea a step further, you can use your waffle iron as the press to give your sandwich that familiar grid-like pattern—and even more crispy surface area than a panini press.
We’ve all heard of the concept that we eat with our eyes. While the way that something tastes is crucial, the presentation is what makes us want to grab our fork and dig in. And this theory is proven again and again when I’m trying to get my sons to try something new.
A green vegetable, a piece of fish, a new grain…I have to find a way to present it on the plate that makes them unfurrow their brows and give it a whirl. For my youngest, this applies to sandwiches as well. No matter what I tried, he simply wouldn’t veer from his usual American and white bread grilled cheese. The Waffelizer to the rescue! I changed up the original recipe to include mozzarella cheese, a handful of peppery arugula, and a spoonful of chopped sun-dried tomatoes for a punch of flavor.
How to Waffle Your Lunch
With the holidays behind us and the resolution to eat more nutritiously on the top of my family’s list, I’m always on the hunt for fun and interesting ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diet. This is the way! Part-skim mozzarella keeps things creamy yet lighter, and all of the flavors that my boys love on their Friday night pizza appear in this eye-catching sandwich.
Waffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
My boys were convinced and I’m sure you will be too. This sandwich is crunchy, gooey and tasty; everything you want in your grilled cheese. Now if I can figure out a way to waffle Brussels sprouts, my boys will really think I’m a superhero!
Waffle Grilled Cheese Recipe
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 slices bread
- ⅓ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup aragula
- 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoe
- Coat a waffle iron with nonstick spray.
- Place cheese, arugula, and tomatoes in between bread slices.
- Cook in waffle iron on medium 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.