8 Ways to Satisfy Your Waffle Craving

Waffles may traditionally be a breakfast food, but they’re surprisingly versatile: Add chicken for a hearty and savory meal, top waffles with chocolate syrup for something sweet, or even use them instead of bread in a sandwich. Also, cooking some of your favorite baked treats, like brownies and biscuits, in a waffle iron instead of the oven can help ready them in a fraction of their normal time. What’s not to love? Check out our best waffle recipes and make a meal that will satisfy any sweet, savory or spicy craving.

Multigrain Waffles (pictured above)

Try these waffles that use three different grains — whole-wheat flour, cornmeal and old-fashioned rolled oats — for a nutrient-packed breakfast. Top with yogurt and your favorite fruit preserves for an even heartier option.

Good news: There’s no need for loaf pans or long baking times when you cook batter directly in a waffle iron

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Photo by: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Rachael Ray’s recipe calls for pumpkin puree, brown sugar and fall spices to bring all the flavors of gingerbread cookies into a fluffy waffle.

Going gluten-free but don’t want to cut waffles out of your diet? No problem. This recipe from Food Network Kitchen avoids the too-dense trap that many gluten-free waffles fall into — just fold egg whites into the batter to create a delicate, airy waffle.

The fresh corn kernels packed into these crispy-on-the-outside waffles make them rich and versatile: “They would easily work as savory treats, too, topped with a crab cake or fried shrimp and drizzled with remoulade sauce,” the chefs in Food Network Kitchen explain.

Combine two ultimate breakfast foods in a flash by waffling store-bought biscuit dough. The result is golden, crispy and full of nooks and crannies perfect for pools of homemade sausage gravy.

Cook brownie batter in a waffle iron, then pile the treat high with ice cream and your favorite sundae toppings for a decadent dessert. The best part? You can freeze the extra waffles for a month and reheat them whenever you want, so you can enjoy brownie time all the time.

Jeff Mauro turns classic chicken and waffles into a spicy sandwich. Layer scallion-studded waffles with buttermilk-fried chicken, then top with Jeff’s Spicy Maple Butter for a bold kick.

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