We've been waffling up a storm, using a method for stuffing and waffling puff pastry that we developed last week. The basics? Layer ingredients on puff pastry, roll it up jelly roll-style, twist it into a snake, then press it into a heated waffle iron. Here are our six recipes, all in one convenient and quick guide. Consider this the guide to crispy, buttery, delicious awesomeness. Or perhaps the guide to needing to go on a diet.
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Inspired by the magical South American pastries filled with guava and cream cheese, this quick, easy, and deliciously indulgent dessert waffle is made by rolling spreadable cream cheese and guava paste into puff pastry, then cooking it in a waffle iron until crisp outside and molten within.
Kind of like garlic bread on steroids, this quick and easy puff-pastry waffle snack is layered with paper-thin slices of mortadella along with a garlicky sauce flavored with parsley, capers, and olive oil.
Shredded chicken, Frank's RedHot, and blue cheese, all rolled up into puff pastry and cooked on a waffle iron. If you like Buffalo wings, you are guaranteed to like this variation on our puff-pastry waffle series.
This simple, insanely addictive dessert is made by filling puff pastry with homemade frangipane (an easy buttery almond paste), then cooking it on a hot waffle iron until crisp, flaky, and utterly delicious.
A few months back, we discovered that the waffle iron is the best way to reheat pizza. Today, we're gonna show you that it's equally good at producing ready-in-15-minute pepperoni pizza-flavored treats as well, and all it takes is four ingredients: frozen puff pastry, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
Waffled macaroni and cheese might not rank quite as high on the list of "things you must try before you die" as, say, a fresh-from-the-water oyster, or a sliver of Parmesan sliced off of a wheel that has just been opened in front of your eyes, or skinny dipping in mixed company, but it's certainly good enough that it should immediately make your list of second-tier priorities.
That is, of course, if you do it right.
This week, in our continuing quest to answer the all-important life question "Will it waffle?," we've had a number of deep failures, a couple of meh, I'd eat thats, and one rousing success. Namely, falafel. Actually, come to think of it, falafel was our biggest success and our biggest failure. It all depends on how you waffle it.
There's nothing much more depressing than discovering that what once was a heap of crisp-on-the-outside-fluffy-in-the-middle, potatoey treats has become a uniformly mushy, grease-laden mound of sadness. And that's really what old, soggy fries are. But no more. For I have discovered what might be the absolute best way to reheat fries: in the waffle iron.
Today I'm going to reveal to you a method of reheating pizza that is superior to any other I've tried. A method that converts stale, cold, lifeless pizza into a crisp-crust, gooey-cheesed, brown-edged, stretchy, saucy, hand-held treat. A method so good that it'll make you want to order fresh pizza and let it go cold just so you can use it. And we're going to do it in the waffle iron.
Little did we know that our new waffle iron would prove to be one of the most-used pieces of equipment in the kitchen. In fact, we decided to create a little game called "Will it Waffle?" The results so far: frozen chocolate chip cookie dough does not waffle well. Stale panettone soaked in fresh egg nog does waffle well. And traditional waffle batter with lots of grated cheddar cheese, cooked bacon, and scallions does waffle well. Really well.
It's simple: stuffing is my favorite thing, and my favorite part of stuffing is the crispy edge bits. How can we maximize those crispy edge bits? Enter the waffle iron.