My little brother once got me a standard Walmart waffle maker for my birthday.  Naturally, I made the breakfast of a lifetime, making delectable buttermilk waffles with real Canadian maple syrup and salty sharp cheddar cheese.  I was young and naïve, 16 years old and I thought breakfast would always be this way from here on out. I”ll tell you, I was mistaken.

The poor waffle maker collected dust for quite some time.  Reality sunk in, no one has the time, or the metabolism to eat waffles every day. Eventually, I felt remorse for not utilizing this great piece of machinery, so I began to think of new ways to use it.  After some trial and error, and some extensive research, I found a way to actually use a waffle maker every day.

This is my recipe for waffle maker pressed portobello sandwiches.  This might seem like a very obvious use of the heat source, but I wasn’t sure of it until I tried it.  The square pattern on the waffle maker gives the bread the crunchiest most enjoyable texture.  Unpopular opinion, it works way better than a panini press and comes way cheaper at the store.

This technique can be used in so many different ways, for varieties of your favourite sandwiches.  I also love to make a sweet potato version with spicy maple mustard. For this instance,  here is one of my top veggie delicacies.

What you’ll need:

1 standard waffle maker

2 slices of good rye bread

1 large portobello mushroom

1 large sweet red pepper

1 red onion

1 smidge of goat cheese ( It’s always possible to substitute for cashew vegan cheese)

1 tbs spicy crunchy dijon mustard

olive oil

Salt, pepper

1/4 cup of red cabbage tossed in vinegar and honey

How to do it:

Step 1: With a normal spoon, scrape the black gills of a the portobello mushroom and discard them.

Step 2: In the oven at 425F, roast the mushroom as well as the red pepper with a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper for 15 minutes.

Step 3: Heat up waffle waker to desired heat setting.  ( I use to hottest possible setting for the best crispy texture on the bread.)

Step 4: Lightly toast the bread before creating your masterpiece.  (The portobello mushroom might be very juicy)

Step 5: Assemble the sandwhich using all the ingredients above.

Step 6: Brush the waffle maker with neutral oil.

Step 7: Delicately place the sandwich on the waffle iron, and press.  After about 5 minutes on side, turn the sandwhich 180 degrees and put it back in the waffle maker.

Step 8: Enjoy!


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