Waffles have existed in one form or another since the ancient Greeks cooked batter between two hot, metal plates. Later, the Dutch cooked "wafels" in the 1600s, the Pilgrims held waffle parties, and Thomas Jefferson brought back a waffle iron from a trip to France. Supermarkets introduced frozen waffles in 1953 and in 2013, close to 30 different types of waffles are available from just one of many manufacturers.
Sandwiches for Breakfast
Waffles are ready-made for breakfast sandwiches. While waffles do have nooks and crannies, some pastes and spreads will ooze out of the edges, so use a light hand when applying your favorite spread. Or eat the sandwich open-faced to avoid the ooze. Any spread works between two waffles. Use peanut butter with sliced bananas or apples, a chocolate-hazelnut spread or cream cheese; for less-gooey sandwiches, use the fruit alone.
Plenty of Protein
Whether you eat waffle sandwiches open-faced, plain or grilled, fill them with extra protein. Create your own breakfast sandwich with any combination of ham, cheese, or a scrambled or fried egg. Soak thawed waffles in an egg and milk mixture, and cook them as French toast to add protein on the inside. Cut the waffles before soaking to create French-toast fingers.
You can top waffle pizzas with traditional breakfast fare such as cooked sausage or bacon crumbles, or you can make fruit pizzas by arranging apple, peach or plum slices on the waffle and spooning on jam or honey. To make a waffle pizza, place frozen waffles on a baking sheet, top them with fruit or meat, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until the waffles are crisp around the edges.
Any topping that goes on breakfast biscuits or toast also works for waffles. Try Southern-style waffles with ham gravy, or Mexican waffles ranchero with a fried egg and salsa. If you want to keep your waffle healthy, top it with a dollop of yogurt, a handful or granola and a drizzle of honey. If you're averse to sweets, top the waffle with creme fraiche or unsweetened Greek yogurt and add thinly sliced green onions.
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