In this unique cookbook, Mr. Shumski provides 53 scrumptious recipes for his reader to enjoy, but this is no average cookbook. As a matter of fact, the author has ingeniously come up with the idea of using a waffle iron to cook some delicious meals for you and your family. The book is broken down into six chapters with each one devoted to one specific kind of meal such as breakfast, main courses, snacks and even desserts.
When I saw this book being offered for an early review, I just couldn’t resist requesting it. I love waffles so using a waffle iron to make other foods besides waffles sounded very appealing to me. Since I didn’t know what to expect from the recipe selection before I read it, I reminded myself to keep an opened mind. Once I began reading it, the recipes offered sounded delicious and I loved the idea that they were cooked in a waffle iron. There are nine recipes I’d love to try from this book. They are (as named by Mr. Shumski): 1) Crispy Waffled Bacon and Eggs, 2) Waffled Chocolate Stuffed French Toast with Whipped Butter, 3) Waffled Hash Browns with Rosemary, 4) Griddled Grilled Cheese, 5) Toasted Cheese Wavioli, 6) Waffled Fries, 7) Stuffles (Stuffing Waffles), 8) Red Velvet Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches and the last one 9) Buttermilk Cornmeal Waffles. If you love to try new cooking methods, or you’re just curious how to cook other foods with a waffle iron, than this is definitely one cookbook you shouldn’t pass up.
How many great ideas begin with a nagging thought in the middle of the night that should disappear by morning, but doesn’t? For Daniel Shumski, it was: Will it waffle? Hundreds of hours, countless messes, and 53 perfected recipes later, that answer is a resounding: Yes, it will! Steak? Yes! Pizza? Yes! Apple pie? Emphatically yes.
And that’s the beauty of being a waffle iron chef—waffling food other than waffles is not just a novelty but an innovation that leads to a great end product, all while giving the cook the bonus pleasure of doing something cool, fun, and vaguely nerdy (or giving a reluctant eater—your child, say—a great reason to dig in). Waffled bacon reaches perfect crispness without burned edges, cooks super fast in the two-sided heat source, and leaves behind just the right amount of fat to waffle some eggs. Waffled Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Pressed Potato and Cheese Pierogi, and Waffled Meatballs all end up with dimples just right for trapping their delicious sauces. A waffle iron turns leftover mac ’n’ cheese into Revitalized Macaroni and Cheese, which is like a decadent version of a grilled cheese sandwich with its golden, buttery, slightly crisp exterior and soft, melty, cheesy interior.