The first few days I ever spent in the US were filled with Au Pair training classes in preparation for heading out to Aspen to nanny for a year. At 19 and with a “fresh off the boat” feeling, my emotions flip flopped between excitement and fear.
The agency facilitating the Au Pair classes provided all of us with lunch coupons to a diner a few blocks down the street. I remember two of my meals. Tuna salad, and waffles. I’ll save the tuna salad story for another time, and for now ponder the waffles. As with everything else in New York City, they were absolutely gigantic! Needless to say, it was the first time I had seen what is referred to as Belgian Waffles here in America. See, back in Sweden the waffles are just like our pancakes – thin and slim! I was amazed and a little intrigued. While I really liked the big ones, I missed my grandmas dainty little waffles baked in the shape of hearts.
Last time my Mamma came over to visit us she even carried a freaking waffle iron with her all across the Atlantic… only for me to blow a fuse in the kitchen counter outlet that took out every single appliance on my counter! Those of you who have frequented other countries know that you most often need an adapter as Voltage is different. That didn’t work on the old Swedish waffle iron from the early 80’s… nor did it work in my kitchen.
Long story short, I made friends with the Belgian waffle iron. In fact, we kind of have an ongoing love affair and I’ve become slightly obsessed with using it for my latest discovery – it serves amazingly as a grilled cheese maker! This past week I’ve eaten this delectable fancy grilled cheese for lunch four days straight and it took me less than 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish. It’s a must try, and the possibilities are endless with what can be made in the waffle iron.
This recipe was entirely inspired by one of my favorite websites out there right now; Will it Waffle.
- 2 slices of bread
- Mayonnaise mixed with some pesto
- Deli sliced turkey
- Avocado, sliced
- Cheese slice of choice
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Mix some mayonnaise with pesto - basil or sun dried tomato pesto are equally great.
- Spread mayonnaise on one side of both of the bread slices. Mayo will be on the inside of the sandwich.
- Build the sandwich adding turkey, avocado and cheese to one slice, top with the other slice.
- Spray waffle iron with non stick cooking spray, place sandwich on the griddle and slowly press the lid shut.
- Waffle for roughly 2½ minutes, remove from heat and eat!