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
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.