May 10, 2007

W-BLT: It May Be Longer to Say, But It'll Catch On

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A little while ago Sara of I Like to Cook posted a sandwich for everyday of the week. Each day she had a question about our favourite sandwiches and a trivia question. As if that wasn’t great enough all on its own, Sara offered up Julia Child’s Cooking with Master Chefs as a prize for some lucky person who could answer all 7 of her trivia questions. I happened to be that lucky person and am thrilled that I will soon be in possession of yet another cookbook, so thanks again Sara! Although I’m sure that all of the recipes in that book will be fantastic, I don’t think they’ll have one like mine… Sara’s daily questions got me thinking about what I like in a sandwich and also that I don’t make nearly enough of them. Especially amazing ones like this. As I’ve said before, waffles add years to your life so why not incorporate them into more meals? I’d never made a savoury waffle before so I figured I’d better play it safe and pair it with bacon, because bacon makes everything better.


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You can label this sandwich another victory for the wonderful waffle! Imagine if you will, ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce and homemade bacon, (drool) sandwiched between two sharp cheddar cheese waffles which have been slathered in baba ghanouj. Can you taste it yet? No? Well then you’d better get yourself into the kitchen to make it.


Once you’ve finished your W-BLT and have cleaned yourself up, (cause it’s a little messy), I’ve got a special request for you: a baba ghanoug recipe. I’ve tried a few times to make my own and it’s never turned out half as good as the stuff I buy at the store and that’s just not right. So if anyone is holding an amazingly good recipe that I can’t possibly ruin, (eggplants and I have had conflicts in the past) I would love if you would share it with me. Thanks!


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Cheese Waffles (Adapted from Alton Brown)


½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole-wheat flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch salt
1 egg
8 ounces cottage cheese
1 cup extra old cheddar, grated
A few splashes of milk (varies depending on the consistency of your batter)
Vegetable spray, for waffle iron


Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flours, soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl beat together eggs and cottage cheese. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Add milk until a proper waffle batter consistency is achieved. Stir in the grated cheese. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the iron according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Close iron top and cook until the waffle is golden on both sides and is easily removed from iron. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.




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33 comments:

Peabody said...

We actually made these a lot when I was little. It was how my mom used up the extra waffles. Good stuff...but then again if it has bacon it has to be good.

Meeta said...

Now that is a sandwich anyone would love. Bacon and waffles. You give me ideas girl!!

Anonymous said...

BABA GANOUJ

2 pounds eggplant
¼ cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic, pressed
3 tablespoons sesame tahini
¼ cup olive oil
salt to taste

Preheat grill to high. Grill eggplants for about 20 minutes until evenly charred and soft, turning every 5 minutes, or so. Allow to cool in a bowl for a few minutes and then scoop flesh out of charred skin.

Mix with other ingredients in a blender. Adjust seasonings (if it doesn’t taste right, it might need more olive oil). Serve with grilled pita bread (or in a W-BLT).

K & S said...

now I need a waffle iron! what a sandwich!

Gattina said...

I love this cheese waffle recipe, so much cheese in the batter! babe, congrats, you won the game :D

Pepper said...

But W-BLT has a nice ring to it. I just posted an eggplant dip recipe that is not a baba ganouj, but I think if you follow the technique of roasting the eggplant slowly til it is really dry and charred, then blending with the other ingredients until it is absolutely creamy, it will turn out well. Eggplant is pretty variable in quality too - make sure you get nice firm heavy ones.

Lis said...

Wow.. that sammich is killin' me! I want one RIGHT NOW! And I couldn't agree more.. waffles do extend your lifespan.. especially when served with bacon. heee!

I just did my first baba ghanoush for the last Monthly Mingle.. I can't say for sure if it's the best, as I'd never tasted it before - but your welcome to give it a shot. :D

xoxox

Rose said...

Seriousely Brylinn, I have never ever seen a waffle sandwich and I would never thought of making them my self. It looks yummy!!!

Laura Rebecca said...

Whoa! That is amazing. I NEVER would have come up with this sandwich -- thanks for the recipe!

Cheryl said...

I always prepare myself that before I look at your blog that it is going to make me hungry. And ever time it does.

Darn you. That sandwich is not fair. Waffles and BLT's, Bri you are evil.

Charise said...

me and eggplants aren't on the best of terms, either.

i would probably just skip the baba ganouj and eat the rest of that yummy sounding sandwich!

Deborah said...

I would have never thought of making a sandwich with waffles - although growing up, we would eat leftover waffles with peanut butter and honey - don't know why I didn't think of making it into an actual sandwich!! This sounds fantastic. I actually just ran across a recipe for egg-salad BLTs - maybe I should make them on these waffles!

Anuhea said...

wow, that is a GREAt idead, using waffles as bread...mmm. Too bad I don't have a waffle iron!

SteamyKitchen said...

You are so clever!!! I have a waffle iron thingy stowed away in the back crevices of my kitchen pantry. I'll have to find it now.

Kelly-Jane said...

I would never have thought of using waffles for sandwiches - great idea. They just look so munchable!

Janet said...

Holy Cow that looks good! I've made breakfast sandwiches with Eggo waffles before, but now I realize that was just WRONG...

I sent the link to this post to my husband with the subject line "....if I get a waffle iron for Mother's Day...."

Freya and Paul said...

Is there anything bacon and waffles can't do?

brian said...

Wow, my wife and niece recently had lunch at a popular breakfast spot and there were bits of bacon *in* the waffle. They said it was a mistake and brought out a regular waffle, but I probably would have eaten the waffle. Speaking of bacon, that bacon looks amazing.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Wow! Now I may have a slightly different waffle in mind but that is just THE BEST IDEA I've seen this week on the sandwich landscape! I often make waffles for toast when I'm out of bread so why not use them for a sandwich!
Brilliant!

Claudia Dunitz said...

I just ate dinner and I could eat one of those. That's just wrong.

Judy said...

Well, this sounds like one of the best sandwiches ever. Truly. And I too believe that waffles prolong life - how could they not?

Ellie said...

You, my dear woman, are a GENIUS.

*wipes drool off the computer screen*

Elle said...

You are a genius again. Cheddar waffle go perfectly with BLT. I'd probably use hummus instead for the filling...not to keen on eggplant.

Virtual Frolic said...

I had heard of waffles and fried chicken, but hadn't thought of doing a w-blt! That looks so good...I wish I had some bacon in the house..

How do you think a w-blt wolud go with maple syrup?

Little Foodie said...

You're a bit of a hero in this household. My husband & 5 year old want to make their own bacon now too. Any tips? I'll spend time later going back through your blog incase there's anything there.
Thanks, Amanda

ilingc said...

that looks amazing! I love the grooves of the waffle on the first photo.

Now I'm wishing that I had a waffle maker!

wheresmymind said...

Need to put that in a panini press!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm so NOT coming here on an empty stomach - I'm gonna bite my boss if he enters here!

eliza said...

I ate already but now I'm hungry again looking at those sandwiches! a great combo B!

Brilynn said...

Virtual Frolic- The W-BLT would be AMAZING with maple syrup!

Little Foodie- Bacon is SO easy to make, you just need to get a pork belly from your butcher. I highly recommend reading Charcuterie by Michael Rhulman, it's good.

Deborah Dowd said...

This looks incredible.. I would add a sliced avocado and really pack on the pounds! Thanks fo the inspiration!

Muffin said...

I am so glad someone else likes waffle sandwiches. The filling may be different (and yours looks splendidly delicious) but waffles are the original wonderbread! They even have built in condiment crannies! *smile*

Sara said...

If I was at home instead of work, I would be making these RIGHT NOW. Have I mentioned lately that I worship you?