Waffle Sandwiches Could Be the Answer to Your Mealtime Dilemma

Loved by kids and grown-ups alike, waffles might just be the best thing since sliced bread.

May 15, 2020
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Photo by: Andrew Purcell

Andrew Purcell

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Ask any parent what it’s like to introduce new foods into their little ones’ diet and you’re sure to get a colorful story in return. You’ll find that their experiences range from acts of sheer desperation to moments that border on divine inspiration. One of my personal favorites was when my sister told her son that green smoothies would turn him into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle — and he bought it!

I’ve been pretty lucky with my daughter. Although she’s wary of new foods, she and I have agreed on a strategy for trying them: hide the new ingredient in, behind or under something familiar. I know that sounds crazy (because she knows there’s something in there!) but it works for us. Before she learned to love broccoli, I would cook her a dish we called "Sneaky Broccoli Pasta," when she wouldn’t eat mushrooms there was "No Peeking Under the Cheese Pizza" and prior to lettuce, mini burgers or
"Surprise Sliders.”

We used her favorite foods to build confidence, so that she would feel more comfortable trying new and unfamiliar ones.

This is where the waffle sandwiches came in. A kid-friendly favorite, we used waffles to sandwich everything from wholesome nut butters and fruit to melty cheese and veggies, covering up whatever needed hiding as we went. And, somewhere along the way, my husband and I started loving waffle sandwiches, too. Waffles are an easy replacement for bread and their subtle sweetness makes any sandwich tastier. Most days we make waffle sandwiches as a breakfast-for-dinner treat — just because we’re craving them.

So, believe it or not, waffle sandwiches are a great solution for a number of mealtime dilemmas. Whether you’re looking for a creative way to win over a picky eater, are out of bread or simply want a really delicious bite of food, waffle sandwiches are a guaranteed win.

We’ve even got a few recipes to prove it!

This is a great first recipe if you’re new to waffle sandwiches. It uses frozen waffles (easy!) and combines three ingredients that everyone loves: ham, Cheddar and apple.

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Who says grilled cheese is just for lunch? This breakfast-inspired version uses sweetened cream cheese and jam for its filling, although you could easily replace the jam with fresh berries if you wanted to cut down the sugar a bit.

Chicken and waffles are a classic duo. Jeff makes his from scratch for a sandwich that is well worth the work but if you’re short on time you can definitely use store-bought chicken tenders and frozen waffles, instead.

If you want to make your own waffles from scratch (which is highly recommended!) this recipe makes it easy. Bobby’s cornmeal waffles only require a handful of ingredients — one that you probably already have in your pantry or refrigerator.

Even though the waffles are made from scratch, Trisha’s recipe comes together in under an hour. She uses rotisserie chicken in the filling to cut down on cook time.

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