Did you know you can do WAY more with your waffle maker than just make waffles?
If you’re a fan of all things crunchy and crispy, there are a ton of recipes that utilize all the nooks, crannies, and crevices off the waffle maker to make extra crispy treats. For sandwiches, a waffle iron is kind of like a panini press on steroids.
A couple months ago I was trying to perfect a waffle recipe and decided I was unhappy with my waffle iron, so I got in touch with KitchenAid to see if I could test out their waffle baker. I’m a big fan of the brand and know that every product they make is a top quality workhorse (I have a KitchenAid hand mixer that’s a hand-me-down from my dad)!
Before we talk about this sandwich, first I have to say that their Waffle Baker makes totally dreamy waffles. I have never had such evenly cooked, mega crispy waffles in my life, and I love that I can make two big waffles at the same time. If you’re a big fan of breakfast, their waffle baker is absolutely worth getting for the waffles alone.
But let’s get back to showing you this grilled cheese!
Start by spreading one side of a slice of bread with room temperature butter:
Lay the piece of bread (butter side down) on the waffle baker:
Then cover the top with your favorite kind of cheese:
Place another buttered piece of bread on top, and close the waffle baker:
Make sure not to press down and smash the sandwich. The waffle baker will slowly press the sandwich on its own since the lid is heavy:
After a few minutes you can check on the crispiness, and cook the sandwich to your liking.
Here you can tell there are plenty of brown spots and the cheese is melted, but usually I like to take my sandwich a little further.
You know, until the cheese is oozing out:
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- 2 slices sandwich bread
- 3 oz cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
- Preheat the waffle iron while you assemble the sandwiches.
- Spread one slice of bread with butter, only on one side (this is the side that will have direct contact with the waffle iron). Place the cheese slices on top of this slice of bread, then spread the other slice of bread with butter, only on one side. Place the unbuttered side against the cheese, then place this entire sandwich on the waffle iron. Close the top of the waffle iron, but do not press down and smash the sandwich. Let this cook for 3-5 minutes until the bread is brown and crispy and the cheese has melted. Enjoy!
Disclosure: KitchenAid provided me with their Waffle Baker for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.