The waffle iron was an ingenious creation that hardly anyone appreciates these days for all it can do. It’s not just for waffles anymore. So take it out of the dark recesses of your cabinet, dust it off and begin to appreciate it for all the great, creative meals you can make.
Think omelets, kale chips, quesadillas and even eggplant Parmesan for your waffle iron creations and you’ll never let it disappear into the pantry again. Breakfast waffles are a classic to make with a waffle iron, of course, but try cooking an omelet with lots of extras such as cheese, tomatoes and avocados for and hearty and nutritious breakfast that will start your day off right.
How about a colorful frittata for lunch along with a great salad? Lunches should be fun and not boring. Snacks are a breeze with a waffle iron. Try Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops with a yogurt based dip for your next party and see what a hit it turns out to be.
For dinner – combine chicken, broccoli and leftover mashed potatoes, add some cheese, flour, egg and spices and waffle it. Quick, easy and absolutely delicious. Add some berries and whipped cream to a dessert waffle and you’ve got a great and light after dinner accompaniment that everyone will love.
When you look online at the various styles and high-tech types of waffle irons you can purchase today, you get a sense that waffle irons are making a comeback – and you’re right. Sales of waffle irons have increased dramatically over the past couple of years.
Choose a compact style or a larger, four waffle type with removable plates or lightweight and easy to clean versions. Kids will love to help you cook with a waffle iron. It’s almost magical to them and the food you create is delicious and has those funny little waffle indents.
Waffle irons also come in a variety of prices too. You can begin with a less expensive model to see how you like it and graduate to a larger, high-tech version when you’re ready.
Take a lesson from the past and begin to use the versatile waffle iron for many of the recipes you now make which require more prep and cleanup and aren’t near as fun as using a waffle iron.
Unlike waffle irons of yesterday, most of the new designs are safe for the dishwasher. But, whether you can pull an old one out of the cabinet or want to shop for a new one, you’ll love the waffle iron once you begin to use it for ultra-creative, healthy recipes.