I love my waffle iron because I really enjoy being able to make crisp, fluffy waffles on weekend mornings for brunch and serving them up with toppings like fresh berries, whipped cream and maple syrup. Like many people, I don’t use my waffle maker every weekend and, as much as I like it, it does little more than take up space in my pantry most of the time. But it turns out that our waffle irons may be more versatile than we thought, and that waffles aren’t the only thing that you can make using a waffle iron. Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron is dedicated to giving you more excuses to pull out your waffle iron, giving you ideas for both sweet and savory dishes that will let you get a lot more use out of this appliance.
The book is divided into chapters by meal, starting with breakfast. You might expect to see actual waffle recipes in this first chapter, but there are none. Instead, you’ll find recipes for Muffles (waffled muffins), waffled has browns and waffled french toast. The main cour section of the book includes waffled sandwiches, steaks and even macaroni and cheese. The recipes for snacks and desserts are just as much fun to play around with – and all the recipes are at least as delicious as they are fun to make, which means that making them is a win-win situation. All of the recipes are easy to follow and clearly written, though you might need to pay attention to the timing of your waffling at first, since every waffle maker is slightly different. Towards the end of the recipe section, the author included a brief section on how to create your own waffle recipes and what will – and what won’t – waffle.
The introduction of the book has a brief history of waffle irons and some tips for the care and cleaning of your waffle iron. There are a lot of irons on the market, so your waffle iron may be slightly different from those used in the book, but you should be able to get the same results. If you don’t have a waffle iron yet, a shallow iron tends to be more versatile than a deep-pocketed Belgian-style iron, which is great for waffles but a little more difficult to handle when it comes to some of these other recipes. Fortunately, I happen to have both types of waffle iron so I’m set for just about anything I get inspired to make! The recipes in the book are illustrated with mouthwatering pictures, so inspiration isn’t difficult to find. You just need to pick from the recipes that appeal to you to decide where to start waffling.