Can You Waffle It?: Food Network Kitchen's Waffle Iron Hits and Misses

Recipe developers at Food Network Kitchen waffled foods like pizza and puff pastry to see what waffling's magical crispifying effect improved (and what it didn't).

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Recipe developers and editors at Food Network Kitchen waffled foods like hot dogs, pizza and doughnuts to see what waffling's magical crispifying effect improved (and what it didn't).

Bread and Pastries: Hit

Bready things work fantastically in the waffle iron; just push down a little to get them extra crispy. Waffle irons add up to three times as much crispy area as a toaster would.

Eggs: Hit

Scrambled eggs came out well. They come off in a single piece, perfect for an egg sandwich.

Cheese: Maybe

Pizza was tricky. Work around the sticky cheese issue by using your waffle iron as an oven to make the crust, then as a broiler to melt the cheese (without closing the lid).

Frozen Pizza: Maybe

Frozen pizza got thawed, folded, then waffled. It was fine, but doesn't stack up to real pizza.

Bacon: Miss

It cooked, but without any extra crispiness. It's easier (and less dangerous) in a pan.

Bagels: Hit

Success! The bagel's new divots hold cream cheese and butter puddles nicely.

Croissants: Hit

Croissants and pain au chocolate were winners. The increased surface area and buttery toastiness becomes them.

Doughnuts: Hit

Win! Waffling yields a hot, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside doughnut with extra-crispy divots.

Tofu: Hit

Marinated tofu didn't get crispy, but it was delicious — warm and juicy — nonetheless.

Fish Sticks and Chicken Nuggets: Miss

Nothing transformative happened here — these childhood favorites tasted like squished fish sticks and chicken nuggets.

French Fries: Miss

These came out dry and pasty. Best not to bother — they're called fries for a reason.

Hot Dogs: Maybe

These got a bit jerky-like and chewy, but they would be good in a sandwich, with spicy mustard and sauerkraut on rye.

Crostini: Miss

These didn't crisp up as much as they do in the oven — you're better off with the traditional method.

Pretzels: Maybe

Almost a win. The softer the pretzel, the better the result. Push down on the waffle maker as you toast it for extra crispness.

Packaged Ravioli: Miss

These dried out and got strangely chewy.

Puff Pastry: Hit

Waffling raw puff pastry dough was the biggest success of all.

Meet the Puffle

After cooking for four to eight minutes in the waffle maker (depending on what kind was used), puff pastry got crispy, buttery and completely delicious.

Waffled Win

We think the Puffle's the next Cronut™. Break out your waffle maker and give it a try!

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