What do you do when you have leftover cheddar cheese waffles? You turn them into waffle chips, that’s what. Whose great idea was this? Obviously not mine. It comes from the master of all things fantastic: Dorie Greenspan. Yes, that’s right, she does savoury just as well as she does sweets. Is there anything this woman can’t do? Well, last time I checked she didn’t have a recipe for stopping time, but I wouldn’t put it past her. It’s something to look forward to in her next book. I can see it now; a time stopping cake with M&M’s on top. But this post is supposed to be about waffles so let’s get back to it. Thanks to Kelly-Jane of Cooking the Books I am now in possession of another Dorie masterpiece: Waffles from Morning to Midnight. It’s an entire book dedicated to waffles and if you’re a regular visitor here you’ll know that I believe that aside from
being delicious, waffles add years to your life. An entire book about waffles is therefore like a guidebook to immortality. I don’t know if I can be trusted with this much power…
I had previously experimented a bit with savoury waffles in order to make my Waffle-BLT but I had never even considered all of the other ways that waffles could be used. There’s an entire section in Dorie’s book on snacks and starters. This is where the waffle chip idea comes from. The particular waffle recipe I used isn’t from Dorie’s book, but the technique is. I took some leftover cheese waffles that I had in the freezer and baked them at 200F for an hour and a half until they were crisp. And it’s just that easy to make waffle chips! Dorie suggests tons of dips and spreads for your waffle chips, but I had waffle nachos in mind so I covered my waffle chips with grated sharp cheddar and stuck them under the broiler to melt the cheese. Then I simply plated the cheesy chips and served them with a spicy salsa for dipping. I love this idea. It’s a new, fun way to do chips and dip and as an added bonus, the waffle’s crevasses are perfect for scooping up extra sauce. Ooooh saucy!
Rest assured, there will be many more waffle recipes appearing here in the future. I think these waffles alone extended my life expectancy by at least 10 years so I’ll be around for a while still.