Wow that title is a mouthful, but let me tell you, these sandwiches are amazing. I was on a pretty huge waffle kick for almost a week and decided to make sandwiches with some of the leftovers I had. The result: pure cheesy,gooey heaven!
Waffles are a great substitute for bread in this recipe, because unlike bread, which can be difficult to find if you have a lot of food allergies, waffles are a little more forgiving. They're pretty easy to find in store or make on your own!
Since I didn't want ANYONE to miss out on this recipe (and the waffle sandwich recipes I have to come in the next week) I created and posted 3 extra crispy basic waffle recipes:
Basic Gluten Free/Vegan Recipe (for those with nut allergies).
- 8-10 waffles (Using THIS recipe) or frozen waffles.
- 1 eggplant, peeled and sliced thinly
- 2 slices of mozzarella (dairy or nondairy)
- 2 Tablespoon pesto
- 2 slices eggplant
- To prepare the eggplant, slice thinly and put in a colander with salt to sweat out moisture. Let them sit for 30 minutes and press with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as you can.
- Line baking sheet with eggplant slices and cover with 2.5 Tablespoons of oil. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until slightly translucent and cooked through. Set aside.
- To assemble your waffle sandwich, put a slice of cheese on top of a waffle, cover with pesto, eggplant and another slice of cheese and put the other waffle piece on top.
- In a saute pan with a little butter (dairy or nondairy) or oil, cook the sandwich on medium-low, covered, until the cheese melts. Once the cheese starts melting you can turn the heat up to medium so that the waffles gets nice and crispy on the outside. Flip the sandwich and cook on the other side until crisp.
If using frozen store bought waffles- put them in the toaster once to thaw them and get them at least a little crispy before assembling them into sandwiches (and then toast a second time in the pan as called for in the directions) . My waffle recipes freeze really well, and should be treated in the same manner (toast first). Otherwise the frozen waffles won't cook through enough. If using freshly made waffles, then don't worry about putting them in the toaster before assembling into sandwiches.