April 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm
by Paula Chin
They’re not just for brunch anymore. The versatile breakfast, lunch and dessert treat is turning up on menus everywhere in all sorts of sweet and savory varieties. Food trucks like Wafels & Dinges in NYC and Waffle Mania in San Francisco serve thick, fluffy Belgian style waffles with toppings like Nutella, fresh fruit, even BBQ pulled pork or brisket. At Lucky J’s in Austin, Texas, a bacon flavored version serves as a tasty taco shell. Chefs are going way beyond chicken and pairing waffles with everything from mac and cheese to deep fried cauliflower and quail. Batter up!
Fun Fact: After serving as ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson brought home a long-handed waffle iron as a culinary souvenir and began serving them in the White House, sparking a national waffle craze in the 1790s.
Want to make your own? Try these recipes:
What’s your favorite waffle topping? Share in the comments below.
Paula Chin is a senior editor at Family Circle.