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
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!