The Waffle-Wich!

Is it a waffle, or a sandwich?

Do you like waffles? How about panini sandwiches? How about both?

So, waffle sandwiches are the new thing. They’re kind of hot right now (pun intended). I recently re-purposed my long-forgotten waffle iron into a panini press, and the results were delicious to both the palate and the eye. They were so good, in fact, that I had to go The Daytime Show and share these with Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards (tune in tomorrow).

The basic gist to making sandwiches in a waffle iron is quite simple: Butter your bread, make your favorite sandwich, and grill it in the waffle iron! For a more waffle-like consistency, you can also dip your bread in egg before putting your sandwich together.

The possibilities are endless: cheese, ham and egg waffle-wiches for breakfast, Monte Cristo, Reubens, ham and cheese, and even leftover spaghetti sandwiches for lunch. Let your imagination run wild! You can even sandwich together Nutella and marshmallows, or peanut butter, jelly and bananas.

For this article, I waffled-up a smoked prosciutto, monterey jack cheese and tomato sandwich, and it was every bit as good as it looked!

Here are the basic instructions for a waffle sandwich:

1. Heat up your waffle iron, and make sure it’s hot before you start grilling your sandwiches.

2. There must be some sort of fat between the bread and the waffle iron to ensure optimal crispiness and non-stick. So, butter your bread or spray the waffle iron with plenty of non-stick cooking spray.

3. Make your favorite sandwich combination and grill until the bread turns golden brown in your waffle iron, remove bread, and eat whole or cut into wedges.

4. Enjoy!

Speck (smoked bacon), Jack and Tomato Waffle-Wich

– Speck (smoked prosciutto)
– Eggs
– Monterey Jack Cheese
– Sandwich bread


1. Heat waffle iron. Beat a couple of eggs into a bowl.

2. Dip the bottom piece of bread in the beaten egg. Put bread slice, egg-side-down, on the waffle iron.

3. Pile sandwich fillings on the slice that is already in the waffle iron.

4. Dip the second slice of bread in the egg mixture, top the sandwich that is already in the waffle iron with the second slice of bread, and close the waffle iron. Cook until golden and crispy!