I’m excited to start sharing my recipes with you again here on The Gourmet Dad. In our family it’s all about finding options that please the little guys and foodie parents. A lot of times this means putting a slightly sophisticated spin on a typical “kid-friendly” food. My Grilled Cheese Waffles are the perfect example of this.
Grilled cheese is a simple, kid staple, but elevating the ingredients makes it great for the whole family. I also love this recipe because you don’t need to be exact with your measurements or ingredients. You can literally put whatever you want in this sandwich. It’s a “whatever floats your boat” kinda recipe. If you’re in the mood for some spice, add roasted jalapeños or red chilly flakes to the melted cheese. Or, for a richer and more savory sandwich, use pulled pork or braised short ribs instead of bacon.
For a fun spin, I like to use homemade waffles instead of bread. I’ve included my homemade waffle recipe below. They’re easy to make, but if you’re low on time or energy you can also use frozen waffles instead.
Check it out below and enjoy. You may have to hit the gym after this sammy, but it’s worth it.
Grilled Cheese Waffles
For the waffles:
• 2 eggs
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 ¾ cups milk
• ½ cup vegetable oil
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon salt
For the grilled cheese:
• 2-4 waffles
• 5-7 slices of sharp cheddar or your favorite sliced cheese
• One wedge of brie, sliced
• 1/3 cup plain or herbed goat cheese
• 6-7 slices of Canadian bacon, regular bacon, or pancetta
• 2 tablespoons butter
• Salt and pepper
1. Preheat waffle iron.
2. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy.
3. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, baking powder and salt, just until smooth.
4. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.
1. In a medium sized frying pan, cook the Canadian bacon until crispy. Remove and place on paper towel to drain excessive oil.
2. In the same pan, over medium heat, line the bottom of the pan with the cheddar, brie and goat cheese. Cover with a lid and cook for about 4-7 minutes or until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
3. Blot with paper towel if there is any excess oil from the cheese, then top the melted cheese with your cooked Canadian bacon.
4. Add a pinch of salt and pepper then place a waffle over the melted cheese.
5. Place a plate on top of the waffle, then invert the frying pan so the waffle and melted cheese are now on the plate. I call this the “Dosy Do” or the “how you doin?”
6. Put the other waffle on top of the melted cheese so you now have a completed sandwich. Put the pan back on the heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan. Once the butter has melted and is nice and bubbly, place the waffle sandwich back in the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes a side to get the waffles nice and roasted and buttery.
7. Cut into quarters or eighths and serve on a cutting board with ketchup, salsa or honey mayo.
Photos: Stephanie Todaro for The Gourmet Dad