Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Serves: 2
Waffles are underrated. Sure, the general populous loves a good, old-fashioned waffle doused in maple syrup or whipped cream – as they should. But the waffle's greatest role is as a stage for other foods to shine: waffle ice cream sundaes, chicken and waffles, and – yes – these ham and cheese waffle sandwiches.
Think waffles are destined to be sweet? Think again. These savory waffle sandwiches are like America's version of a ham and cheese crepe (which the French perfected roughly a million years ago, give or take). And a healthy dose of apricot preserves gives these guys just a touch of sweetness to complement the salty meat.
The key here is to use either a waffle iron or a panini press and really add some force on top of the waffles to give all that gooey cheese an extra crispy base.
Still not convinced? It only takes 5 minutes to cook, so just do yourself a favor and have faith.
*Recipe courtesy of The Food Channel.
- 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
- 4 pieces sliced rye bread or whole wheat
- nonstick cooking spray
- cooked, smoked ham, sliced thin
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced pickles of your choice
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- To taste black pepper
- Grease waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and preheat. When ready, spread half of the preserves on 1 slice of bread.
- Top with as much ham as desired, then half the cheese and half the pickles.
- Add the desired amount of black pepper and spread half the mustard onto another slice of bread and put on top.
- Liberally spray both sides of the sandwich and place in the waffle iron.
- Slowly close the lid, pressing gently until the sandwich is half as thick.
- Cook about 5 minutes, or until dark brown and very crisp.
- Remove and continue with the remainder of ingredients. Serve very hot.