September is back-to-school time. Therefore, I thought I would create an easy after school snack. Did you know you can make grilled cheese sandwiches in your waffle iron? It comes out like a panini. I pair my grilled cheese waffles with a cold gazpacho soup instead of the typical tomato soup, because in southern California, September is still a very warm month and I felt a cold soup would be more refreshing.
You can be creative with this recipe idea. You can use any bread of choice, any cheese of choice (either sliced or shredded), and you can add in other items. I created a table with ideas for you. Have fun with this idea.
|Sourdough/French baguette||Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Swiss||Thin sliced ham or turkey|
|Sourdough/French baguette||Blue Cheese||Sliced strawberries|
|Sourdough/French baguette||Blue Cheese||Sliced figs and honey|
|Whole Wheat||Monterey Jack||Thin sliced ham or turkey|
|English muffin||Cheddar||Hard-boiled egg slices|
|Whole Wheat||Havarti||Chicken Salad|
|Whole Wheat||Monterey Jack||Sliced pickled jalapeno|
|Whole Wheat||Provolone||Pesto, sliced dried tomatoes or cooked mushrooms|
|Whole Wheat||Pepper Jack||Avocado mixed with a little lime or lemon juice|
To cook: Warm up your waffle iron. Choose your bread, cheese and optional items, layer the cheese between the bread slices (and optional items if using), place on waffle iron and close. No need for cooking spray, heat a few minutes, until the cheese is melted, and bread is toasted.
Serve: I served this waffle with a cold gazpacho soup, or you might want to try my cold watermelon soup, which is very refreshing.