Chasing Flavors

Flavor Play: Waffles

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 16, 2013

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As someone who prefers crispy anything to fluffy anything, I’ve always found the genius of waffles to be their unique shape. After all, with the extra surface area you get from indentation after indentation, you can achieve a much crispier, much more satisfying treat.

But as the waffles and fried chicken trend has revealed, waffles don’t have to be reserved for breakfast and dessert. Like a good bread, their texture can complement any flavor profile if combined correctly. Try out one of the following suggestions if you need a bit of inspiration.

SavoryWaffle

Waffle sandwich, please. (Photo: manray3)

SAVORY:

  • Apple, Cheddar, and Prosciutto – Talk about a sophisticated lunch. Mix into your batter some diced apple, grated cheddar, and small slices of prosciutto, or layer them in between waffles for a sandwich.
  • Cheddar and Jalapeño Cornbread – Using cornmeal in the batter, add chopped jalapeno and grated cheddar for  surprisingly crispy, light cornbread-style waffle. Serve with chili, or scallions.
  • Florentine – Add gruyere to the batter along with chives and parsley, and serve under spinach, a poached egg, and a bit of hollandaise. (Any waffle with an egg on it isn’t a bad idea, either.)
  • Caprese – Grate mozzarella into the batter, and add chopped basil. Serve with sliced tomato and a drizzle of olive oil, and a small squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Croque Madame – Add grated cheese and small slices of ham to the batter, and serve with a fried egg.
  • Leftovers – Add whatever vegetables, meat, and cheese you’ve got lying around into the batter. Imagine caramelized onion, chopped rosemary, and ricotta.
  • Actual Sandwich – With or without additions to the batter, use two waffles as your sandwich walls and house whatever you want in between.
Photo: Dvortygirl

Photo: Dvortygirl

SWEET:

  • Peanut butter, Banana, and Bacon – Proven over and over again, this flavor combination works incredibly.
  • Champagne and Peach with Blueberry Maple Syrup – Bellini-inspired anything is pretty good in my book. Grilled peaches would add even more complexity.
  • Goat cheese and Fig – Using either grilled figs or fig jam, add to the batter along with goat cheese, and serve with honey.
  • Any fruit that’s about to go bad – Once added to waffle batter, a softer-than-desired texture in fruit isn’t a bad thing.
  • Sweet Potato Currant Waffles

How do you like to remix your waffles?

For more Savory/Sweet Switch suggestions:

Blueberry-Apple Shrub

Tomato Tarte Tatin

Red Grape and Rosemary Mostarda

Caramelized Croutons

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