A few weeks ago I was making waffles for the kiddos and I was cursing my waffle iron. It takes up storage space in my kitchen and I only use it for waffles. But my kiddos LOVE waffles so I have to keep it. If I have to keep it, I should use it more but that’s a lot of waffles. Then it came to me, I can use my waffle iron like a panini press for grilled cheese sandwiches.
Grilled Cheese Waffle Style
I love a grilled cheese sandwich. Who doesn’t? I especially love how you can dress them up or down depending on the ingredients. Because I’m using a waffle iron, I can make four different sandwiches, one to suit everyone’s tastes. The key for me is the bread rather than then the cheese. Make sure to use thick bread so the waffling works. I chose a French bread loaf that I sliced. It was perfect- it stood up to all the gooey cheese and the waffling. You can add any fillings you want. I used spinach, bacon, and avocado. My kids only wanted the cheese and bacon. Mix and match and have fun with it.
Easy Weeknight Dinner
I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking so I plan these sandwiches out when I’ve made waffles in the morning. That way I wipe down the waffle maker, leave it out, and use it for dinner. I don’t know about you but I don’t have a lot of room in my kitchen to store kitchen gadgets so I this is normally stored up high. It makes sense to use it as many times as possible once I have it down because I have to haul a step ladder out to put it away. To make the sandwich, just plug in your iron like usual, spray if needed, and butter each side of the bread. Put the bottom pieces in, top with the cheese and other toppings, place top piece of bread on, and close waffle iron lid. I left mine in for about 4 minutes and it turned out perfectly brown and gooey!
Grilled Cheese Wine Pairing
When pairing wine with food, you need to think about all the flavors of the food. I was using not only cheese but bacon and avocado. So this sandwich had a lot of fat and oil so I needed a wine high in acid to cut through all that goodness. The bread is a star of the show too so I used a wine with congruent flavors like oak and vanilla. I landed on an Auxerrois from Elemental Cellars. This wine has a nice acidity at first but the finish on it has some apple, pear, and butter notes. It was delicious! The Auxerrois grape is originally from the Alsace region in France where the wines are known for their bracing acidity. Elemental is one of a handful of wineries producing this great grape variety. This wine would be delicious with any pasta with white sauce (or pizza), any kind of clam dish, or chicken. If you are interested in this wine, I have a few bottles left. $19.98/bottle. Just email me!