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Ham and cheese waffles are a brunch gamechanger

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Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Serves: 2

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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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. Grease waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and preheat. When ready, spread half of the preserves on 1 slice of bread.
  2. Top with as much ham as desired, then half the cheese and half the pickles.
  3. Add the desired amount of black pepper and spread half the mustard onto another slice of bread and put on top.
  4. Liberally spray both sides of the sandwich and place in the waffle iron.
  5. Slowly close the lid, pressing gently until the sandwich is half as thick.
  6. Cook about 5 minutes, or until dark brown and very crisp.
  7. Remove and continue with the remainder of ingredients. Serve very hot.
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