Will It Waffle?: Bacon and Eggs to Mac 'n' Cheese, Bibimbap to Chocolate Chip Cookies--53 Irresistible, Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron

Will It Waffle?: Bacon and Eggs to Mac 'n' Cheese, Bibimbap to Chocolate Chip Cookies--53 Irresistible, Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron

How many great ideas begin with a nagging thought in the middle of the night that should disappear by morning, but doesn’t? For Daniel Shumski, it was: Will it waffle? Hundreds of hours, countless messes, and 53 perfected recipes later, that answer is a resounding: Yes, it will! Steak? Yes! Pizza? Yes! Apple pie? Emphatically yes. And that’s the beauty of being a waffle iron che...

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Title:Will It Waffle?: Bacon and Eggs to Mac 'n' Cheese, Bibimbap to Chocolate Chip Cookies--53 Irresistible, Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron
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Will It Waffle?: Bacon and Eggs to Mac 'n' Cheese, Bibimbap to Chocolate Chip Cookies--53 Irresistible, Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron Reviews

  • Amber

    While some people may argue, "Why not just buy a George Forman Grill?!" I'll say, "because I just cooked a Filet Mignon steak in a waffle iron and it tastes better with WAFFLE MARKS." Being a fan of wafflizer.com for a while, I'm excited to finally get my hands on this book. The recipes are clever and tasty, and now my husband can't complain that I never use the waffle iron.

  • Heather

    This book is guaranteed to top my list of favorite cookbooks. It opens with a very brief chapter on the tools and techniques to know before getting started. The inclusion of historical waffle factoids is a nice additional feature.

    The recipes are nicely laid out with full color photos accompanying each one. This cookbook includes recipes for every meal - complete with side items and dessert. Several recipes include variations and several others could easily be tweaked to meet personal

    This book is guaranteed to top my list of favorite cookbooks. It opens with a very brief chapter on the tools and techniques to know before getting started. The inclusion of historical waffle factoids is a nice additional feature.

    The recipes are nicely laid out with full color photos accompanying each one. This cookbook includes recipes for every meal - complete with side items and dessert. Several recipes include variations and several others could easily be tweaked to meet personal preferences.

    Now for the best part - trying out some new recipes! Happy Waffling!!!

    I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • karen

    THIS IS PT 2 OF AUG PROJECT. PT 1 CAN BE FOUND HERE:

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    this one involves more stovetopping than the others, but well worth it. first, you make the apple filling:

    then you make the waffle/pie crust batter and you fret because it looks yukka

    THIS IS PT 2 OF AUG PROJECT. PT 1 CAN BE FOUND HERE:

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    this one involves more stovetopping than the others, but well worth it. first, you make the apple filling:

    then you make the waffle/pie crust batter and you fret because it looks yukka

    but it makes tasty waffles

    then you stuff in the filling, like it's an actual pie!

    then you cover it all up with vanilla bean ice cream (unless you're sean of the house and you think you're fancy with your salted caramel ice cream)

    apple pie in a waffle iron - it can be done!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    yes! and apparently my milk will be good until october. which seems suspicious, but who am i to argue with a cow about milk?

    so much tasty green zucchini!

    you make tiny little cakes outta them:

    they took a while to cook, and still seemed underdone (but very vibrant!)

    i put them in the oven for a while to finish, which made them more dense, but less green

    and then i just hid 'em all under parmesan cheese, so color was irrelevant

    these all got eaten up in one sitting, and are sean's new favorite. i think i made 'em too salty, but that might have been what he liked so much.

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    this recipe stresses the importance of the kale being thoroughly washed (duh) but also thoroughly

    before waffling, to ensure crispness. i don't live the salad-spinner-having lifestyle of this book's author, but with some paper towels, a powerful overstove light, and the merciless and pervasive presence of summer, you don't need to have fancy things, and i was already feeling a little too showy because my store only had the frilly kale and not the more sensible flat kind today.

    it crisps up in the waffler (and takes longer than you'd think, despite being so well-dried) and then you drain off the oily residue

    before tossing it with some sea salt and sesame seeds. which is recommended in the "variations" section of this recipe, and since i have a ton of these buggers around from that pajeon recipe, i might as well get through 'em.

    the recipe warns

    considering sean's stance on kale, i figured a single leaf would be more than i would need, but once i covered the kale in salt, he grudgingly said it "wasn't gross"

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    this recipe was a bit of a cheat. and a lesson in 'never assume your spice rack contains all the spices ever.' because i was somehow out of both basil and rosemary (i usually buy it fresh, i guess, because it's more economical), i had to cheat and use some herbes de provence (which contains both of those herbs and then some other stuff) and oregano. so it's more accurately Waffled Portobello Mushroom with

    Herbs. whatevs. marinate, grill

    use the variation of the recipe that suggests you top with cheese because duh. i used fontina

    and follow this very important instruction:

    sean did not like this at all. he said it was soggy and weird and i ended up eating his. more cheese for me!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    waffled cookies! a wonderful idea! in theory. the next few recipes were not the most successful wafflers of all time, but there's still time to get back to the glory days of the beginning of the project.

    first of all, thanks a lot, summer

    oh, actually...thanks a lot, summer! yum!

    these are just weird. i took a lot of pictures of the next few recipes, but i'm short on space (again), so i had to edit. long story short, these cookies lack density, which is what i like in a cookie. they were too airy and muffinlike for my tastes, although the 3 people i shared them with enjoyed them.

    fine, not great. and not really cookies

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    it started off ok. i bought lots of extra pork because i had good feelings about this one, even though i was just using supermarket maple syrup because poverty. i made the balls with all the herbs and stuff

    but they were a little weird: dense and a bit dry, and i had to finish them in the oven because they were too poison inside

    they definitely win "messiest," although it was really easy to clean, despite how horrific it looks

    sean liked these more than i did, so he can finish 'em.

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    sure, eventually.

    the recipe made a big point about how dry the potatoes needed to be in order to crisp, and i swear, i dried the crap out of them, but they just kept steaming and steaming and not being crispy

    until they basically incinerated

    sean likes crispy, salty things, so he ate 'em right up, but they took forever, and they did not look nearly as good as the one in the book, which is freaking perfect:

    show-off

    and on that theme

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    i went out of my way to find nice, colorful tomatoes to make this pretty

    but the eggplant refused to be as pretty as in the book after i waffled it. and it was soggy even though i salted the crap out of it for a really long time

    as far as my presentation, well, that one's on me

    although this one corner is photogenic

    it was delicious, but i'm going to need some lessons in plating. the book's is so much more elegant:

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    this was absolutely delicious; worth tracking down haloumi in a haloumi-less town and worth removing watermelon seeds when i couldn't find seedless.

    salty, sweet, refreshing. pictures will speak for themselves

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    this was what i asked sean to make me for my birthday. it was perfect.

    he made whipped butter and stuffed the brioche with chocolate chips, peach-apricot jam, and raspberries.

    messy birthday to me!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    another winner! it's involved; lots of pounding of chicken breasts and many dip-stations before waffling

    but they waffle really well and they stay juicy with a little hot sauce kick

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    the happiest surprise is that it WILL, against all expectations. because i honestly didn't think that this

    would turn into this

    in a freaking waffle iron! and yet - ta-daaa!

    very tasty stuff, and apparently i can also make mochi pizza in my waffle iron, which i will try soon!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    running out of room with 5 recipes to go, so i'm just going to breeze through. gnocchi balls!

    gnocchi!

    covered in a crispy waffled sage and butter sauce!

    gnocchi is kind of a pain in the ass to make; very sticky and messy is the dough, but worth it. and i only made half that tray, so there's tons for leftovers!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    it freaking does! i was so worried, since they seemed so thick

    but i rolled it in salt and pepper and crossed my fingers

    the bacon totally fell off

    and it was a

    more done than i like, but still a success, and a lesson in trusting the book

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    make stuffing

    waffle

    no room to say more!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    first, you make some dough

    then make little pockets of potatoes and cheese and stuff

    and waffle!

    until the middles spill out

    apply sour cream

    a bit dry, but yum anyway

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    fun! so, first you make the "graham cracker"

    then you put the middles in place

    because i knew i overdid the quantity of middle-tasties, i wisely decided to put it in the oven instead of waffling it

    so, it was a little cheaty, but i'd rather have more melties than a gold star for following directions

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    yes, but no room to elaborate. colorful, messy, tasty. also, i did NOT make the egg in the waffle iron, b/c i learn from my mistakes

    WAFFLES!

  • Sheila

    I won a copy of this book from a First Reads giveaway here on Goodreads. I was curious about the idea because I have a waffle iron which I rarely (almost never) use!

    The book has many unique recipes for using your waffle iron. It is going to take me awhile to try many of these, and some, of course, I know I will never try.

    Favorites so far:

    Waffled Chocolate-Stuffed French Toast. (embedded layer of chocolate and whipped butter between waffled french toast. Need I say more)

    Waffled Cin

    I won a copy of this book from a First Reads giveaway here on Goodreads. I was curious about the idea because I have a waffle iron which I rarely (almost never) use!

    The book has many unique recipes for using your waffle iron. It is going to take me awhile to try many of these, and some, of course, I know I will never try.

    Favorites so far:

    Waffled Chocolate-Stuffed French Toast. (embedded layer of chocolate and whipped butter between waffled french toast. Need I say more)

    Waffled Cinnamon Muffles (waffled muffins, and my daughter loves anything muffin)

    Griddled Grilled Cheese. (grilled cheese sandwich made in a waffle iron. Who doesn't like grilled cheese?)

    Some I am considering trying:

    Waffled Sweet Potato Grocchi (picture looks yummy and I love sweet potatos)

    Pizza Margherita with Waffled Crust (love margherits pizza so am curious about this one. Will have to give it a go some day)

    Crisp Sesame Waffled Kale (have a bunch of kale in my garden, will have to try this one soon!)

    And for those with basic ideas, there are even a few actual "waffle" recipes included.

  • Bookstax

    I've seen my fair share of cook books, so many that I am kind of jaded. There are few that bring something new to the table. This one, however, enchanted me with its simplicity-- think using your waffle iron as a George Foreman grill, basically. Shumski gets props for loving the under-utilized waffle iron so much that he compiles a book of recipes to make it as useful as a microwave. Will I refer to this book repeatedly for recipes? No. Will I rethink using my waffle maker the next time I make f

    I've seen my fair share of cook books, so many that I am kind of jaded. There are few that bring something new to the table. This one, however, enchanted me with its simplicity-- think using your waffle iron as a George Foreman grill, basically. Shumski gets props for loving the under-utilized waffle iron so much that he compiles a book of recipes to make it as useful as a microwave. Will I refer to this book repeatedly for recipes? No. Will I rethink using my waffle maker the next time I make falafel? Yep, I will! And for that, Daniel Shumski, I thank you!

  • Eva Müller

    This book raises several questions:

    1) If you put blueberry muffin dough in a waffle-iron will you get blueberry-muffin-waffles or blueberry-waffles? (That's almost philosophical). Sure the consistency will be different but show me one person who won't go "Oh great blueberry waffles" when they see the result. (Or perhaps "Iekh! I hate blueberries!" But you get my point). Still apart from those and some chocolate-chip-cookie-waffles nothing in this book could be mistaken for waffles. Though

    This book raises several questions:

    1) If you put blueberry muffin dough in a waffle-iron will you get blueberry-muffin-waffles or blueberry-waffles? (That's almost philosophical). Sure the consistency will be different but show me one person who won't go "Oh great blueberry waffles" when they see the result. (Or perhaps "Iekh! I hate blueberries!" But you get my point). Still apart from those and some chocolate-chip-cookie-waffles nothing in this book could be mistaken for waffles. Though in a couple the waffling-iron is used as sandwich-toaster or table-grill. If you already own one (or both) those won't be new for you

    2) Is there anything to gain from making stuff in the waffle-iron instead of the oven or a pan? Less dirty dishes. At least in some recipes.

    3) Is it really necessary? No. But it's fun (and the author is aware of both of these things).

    The recipes are almost all pretty easy to make but I wouldn't recommend it to absolute beginners. Depending on what iron you have cooking-times can vary and you will need some experience to make up for that. (But then I don't think absolute beginners will start with a 'cooking in a waffle-iron' book anyway). Most of the ingredients will be things that are easy to get or you even already have in the kitchen. Only a handful feature international cuisine and might require extra shopping trips but those are rare. (And unless your local supermarket is very small they also will have a corner with Chinese spices, chickpeas etc.)

    With a few recipes I felt he was trying a bit to hard (re-heated macaroni and cheese on the iron? Fries from mashed potato convenience-powder?) but most sound great and I can't want to try out more.

    ARC provided by NetGalley.

  • Cheryl

    I'm not even done looking through it, and haven't tried any recipes, and yet I bought a copy ($1.13 currently on kindle). I love Shumski's approach - mostly regular food, mostly not too many ingredients, thoroughly tested, with a bit of an explanation of Why this one is a template, or What doesn't work when trying this, or Who loved this & why.

    With a waffle iron, it looks like I'll be able to get the crispy brown outside and the cooked insides of lots of food even though I have neither a de

    I'm not even done looking through it, and haven't tried any recipes, and yet I bought a copy ($1.13 currently on kindle). I love Shumski's approach - mostly regular food, mostly not too many ingredients, thoroughly tested, with a bit of an explanation of Why this one is a template, or What doesn't work when trying this, or Who loved this & why.

    With a waffle iron, it looks like I'll be able to get the crispy brown outside and the cooked insides of lots of food even though I have neither a deep-fryer nor a grill. Hashbrowns, eggplants, and red peppers, and pineapples look the most interesting out of the simple ones, but I might try grilled cheese and quesadillas, too. I think I'll skip the scrambled eggs as it seems that the only reason to do them is if you're already doing the hashbrowns and bacon and want to cook all in one appliance.

    The ones I'll need actual recipes for are the tamale pie, which is sort of a pizza concept on a cornmeal crust, the Mexican migas (eggs, jalapeno and other mxed up stuff), the Pajeon (Korean scallion pancake), zucchini fritters and s'mores.

    His banana bread uses cream cheese & oats and looks amazing. I'm happy with my banana 'cake' recipe (a simple one I got from the TV show "Blue's Clues") but I might try this anyway.

    Probably the best for me is Stuffles. Nobody in my family likes the end crust of bread, so I always have a bunch in the freezer and make stuffing (dressing) often. But nobody is a big fan of that, either. Crisped up in a waffle iron it'll be great!!

    I also like the idea of jazzing up mayo & butter but keep forgetting to. The rec. here is sriracha & mayo.

    (Btw, I already cook prepared box cake mix on a waffle iron, and I mean to try brownies that way. )

  • H

    I don't think I'm going to make any of these recipes, but I'm glad this book exists.

  • karen

    WELCOME TO AUGUST PROJECT! PART ONE. part two can be found

    this is my august project, so it's gonna pop up every now and then throughout the month. however, because this one is a cookbook, i'm not going to do one a day. but i will do many!

    i'm a little disappointed with the title of the book, since apparently, all included recipes will indeed waffle. i think it would be more fun (if terribly wasteful) if the outcome of some of these recipes was, "no. no, it will not waffle at all. dammit. what a bad idea."

    but i guess

    WELCOME TO AUGUST PROJECT! PART ONE. part two can be found

    this is my august project, so it's gonna pop up every now and then throughout the month. however, because this one is a cookbook, i'm not going to do one a day. but i will do many!

    i'm a little disappointed with the title of the book, since apparently, all included recipes will indeed waffle. i think it would be more fun (if terribly wasteful) if the outcome of some of these recipes was, "no. no, it will not waffle at all. dammit. what a bad idea."

    but i guess what it loses in adventure it will make up for in yumminess.

    WILL IT WAFFLE??

    we're going to ease into this project - no need to go straight for the steak, after all. but i did make FIVE variations on the theme, because moderation is for suckers. all grilled cheeses had both cheddar and gouda, and then i added the extras:

    tomato

    avocado

    so far, sooooo good

    apple

    soooo cheesy

    pear

    avocado, tomato, bacon bits

    bounty!

    they were all excellent, and no mess at all! they TOTALLY waffled!

    WILL IT WAFFLE??

    (and yes - stranger things on in the background. i multitask)

    also very delicious! and it made some nice waffled-cheese for me to snack on

    WILL IT WAFFLE??

    maggie is intrigued by the egg-bath/bread crumbs process

    and LO! it waffled!

    with some marinara dippin' sauce

    they didn't brown up as nicely as they did in the picture from the book - many of them were soft instead of crispy, and it made a hell of a mess in the griddle - all sorts of loose bread crumbs blackening and wedging into the griddle squares. it was easy enough to clean, just a bit annoying to get into all those crannies. and i forgot to photograph the mess, oops. however, so far this project is fun and educational! oh, and tasty!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    okay, so this one... this one might

    actually waffle. not gracefully, anyway.

    i decided to let sean of the house do this one, since he's the resident breakfast chef. he started getting the bacon pan ready and i was all, "what the crap are you doing?" "making bacon, karen," he replied, as though talking to an unbright child. "no, sean, you're using the waffle iron, remember?" in pretty much the same tone. "for BACON??" he shrieked.

    sigh. it's like he doesn't understand my projects.

    once i managed to convince him, "YES, sean - bacon and eggs in the waffle iron, that's the whole point of this. but have no fear, the book assures me it will waffle."

    we learned that some fear is healthy and appropriate.

    he started with the bacon:

    which retained none of the waffling pattern, which is the only reason one would make bacon in a waffle iron, because it's certainly not faster. four minutes, my ass! but whatever. he made 3/4 of the bacon in the waffle iron before giving up and making the rest in a pan, which is the only way bacon should ever be made.

    and then... the eggs.

    "wait, you want me to make the EGGS in the waffle iron?"

    yeah, it was a long night.

    it started out fine:

    no broken yolks, everything's just dandy. but again - it took forever. and once it was decided that they were "done enough," they were...not really done enough.

    i mean, you can

    the salmonella bubbles lurking under the surface there. that is not a cooked egg, man.

    he decided to try it one at a time. NLGM.

    hooray on the waffle-patterning, but have you ever seen more unappetizing eggs in your life?

    we ended up finishing all four eggs in the oven, because no one wants to puke all night. then i made some toast in the waffle iron, even though that was not part of the official recipe. but i needed a success, especially since i was watching

    , which were very inspiring.

    and toast - toast WILL waffle

    eggs - you're on your own.

    but at least sean made the plate look pretty, if awfully peppery

    conclusion - book is LIES when it comes to bacon and eggs.

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    thankfully, this was a happier event. good waffle marks, there.

    the recipe called for a dusting of chili powder, but offered ground ginger as an alternative. i took it a step further and ALSO tried cinnamon:

    book also suggested eating it with cottage cheese

    this time, book did not lie, although it did not warn me about the loud gagging noises that would come from sean of the house when confronted with cottage cheese.

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    sean of the house took over on this recipe, too. maybe over his shame at the bacon and eggs disaster, maybe just because he could tell i was sleepy, but in any case, this one was not an unqualified success, so it may be the last the waffle project sees of sean-as-chef.

    into the waffler!

    the first one turned out "doughy and weird," in sean's assessment

    the second one wasn't much better

    it was supposed to take a total of ten minutes to make 4 of these things, and it ended up taking more than 2 hours. they just weren't browning up nicely

    so we ended up putting them into the oven to bake further

    which was sort of successful

    at any rate, they were really tasty. i made the sesame-soy dipping sauce

    and that was also yummy. it took a really long time and they still weren't as brown as sean would have liked, but still - a tasty treat. and i'm growing scallions now, as the book tells me i can do quite easily, so i will report back here if that makes any decent progress. scallion farming in queens!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    yes, i know. this is just another grilled cheese, so why make it? well because 1) we needed a success after a couple of rough recipes and 2) MAPLE BUTTER

    and yeah, these were excellent and everything went right.

    so there. a bit of a cop-out, but whatever - i'm not complaining about "too much cheese and butter" in my life.

    i was supposed to make the mac and cheese last night, but instead, i had ice cream for dinner. and i regret nothing.

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    this one is the new favorite. it's not quick, but it's worth it.

    so, the day before, you make some mac and cheese:

    you make it extra cheesy

    then the next day, you cut out a wedge of it, and bisect each wedge into 1/2-inch slices

    while a cat pretends not to notice

    then you dip each wedge into flour, then an egg/salt/pepper bath, then into a bread crumb/parmesan cheese coating and then you're ready to waffle

    ohhhhhhhhhh

    the best thing i have ever made in a waffle iron. holy moly.

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    waffled muffins? what a country!

    this one is easy and straightforward. just make some batter

    and waffle it

    and ta-daaa - muffles

    even if you get wild blueberries the way the recipe suggests you do in order to avoid this, you will still get some blueberry flecks stuck to your waffle iron. make someone else clean it - you're very busy.

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    okay, this is my new favorite recipe. i almost didn't make it, because lump crabmeat is EXPENSIVE, but i was at trader joe's and it wasn't cheap, but it was less expensive than i've seen it, so i decided to go for it and oh my god - i am so glad i did.

    mixture:

    this recipe also includes sriracha mayo:

    and they just came out perfectly - they browned nicely, they had nice waffle-patterns, and they were delicious

    the recipe made 10, and i had mine on a bed of greens with lemon

    completely forgetting to add the mayonnaise that i had resting in the fridge! when sean came home, he ate his half, claiming they were the best things he's ever eaten, ever, and proceeded to use the entire bowl of sriracha mayo, so it's probably good that i didn't have any. i had a bite of his with the mayo, and it was great, but even with just lemon, these are damn tasty. a definite winner.

    tonight i will be trying TWO recipes. hold onto your hats!

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    i have never used potato flakes before. i never even understood what they

    . so i was excited to have an excuse to see what they could do. this is what they can do:

    they can make tiny, delicious french fries. in a waffle iron.

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    i gotta confess, i did not have high hopes for this one. considering how long it took to make a freaking egg in the waffle iron, i figured there's no way i'd be able to make a burger that would not be deadly if eaten. and yet

    not only did they cook through, they were actually a bit too well-done for my tastes! what a surprise!

    it does make a bit of a mess

    and i didn't take a picture of what happened after i tried, as per the book's instructions, to make these into cheeseburgers. maybe it works with a heartier cheese, but i don't recommend it with kraft singles, which is what i like on my burgers. instant horrific melting-and-sticking.but tasty if melted in the oven. and yes, i put the fries on the burger for an added treat

    sean had his without greens, but he made a new batch of sriracha mayo

    a very exciting discovery, these waffle burgers...

    and for those of you who are dying to know how my scallion-farming is going:

    it is going very well, indeed

    WILL IT WAFFLE?

    yes, but it's not a perfect recipe. or maybe just an imperfect chef.i had a lot of difficulty making the rice balls stay in ball-form, especially when i went to put them in the egg wash and then roll them in the breadcrumb/cheese mixture. they kept falling apart. these were some of the more successful ones.

    but then i had the inspiration to put the balls in the freezer, and after that, it worked very well, although, obviously, it took longer to waffle them, so this turned into a two-day project

    from batch 1

    this is batch 2 - you can see i got impatient and ended up making one huge one, but no regrets. very tasty, but i definitely recommend freezing.

    i'm already out of room, so i will continue the project here:

  • Kate

    a fun cookbook, but I'll confess, I didn't try a single recipe!

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