Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? I love hot breakfast, especially on a chilly winter day. It just makes my belly happy to start the day off with something warm and tasty. When I think of breakfast, I think of a meal eaten in the morning. I’m a bit old-fashioned that way. A lot of people, however, really enjoy breakfast for dinner, aka breakfast night. How many people? A lot. In a recent survey, Krusteaz found out that nine out of ten Americans say they eat breakfast for dinner, with more than half of respondents enjoying breakfast night dinners once a month or more, and nearly a quarter eating breakfast for dinner once a week.
You’re familiar with Krusteaz, right? They’re the people that make those convenient mixes, for pancakes, waffles, muffins and much more. Well, the folks at Krusteaz sent me a package containing some of their most popular breakfast items, asking me to share what I came up with as a breakfast dinner.
We always have cheese in our house. The hubby has been known to say that I can’t make a dish without cheese. For the record, I can but often don’t. Grilled cheese is a favorite around here, because it’s really easy to make. I thought it would be fun to make a grilled cheese sandwich using waffles. But, I knew I wanted to change up the flavor a bit. So to that end, I added shredded bacon to the Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix that I used. Here’s how I made it.
Bacon Waffle Grilled Cheese
- Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix (requires water, egg and oil)
- 1 cup shredded real bacon
- thinly sliced American cheese
- maple syrup for dipping if desired
Make the Belgian Waffle mix according to the instructions. I used the lowest quantity to make this meal, which if you were making waffles would be two or three 7″ round waffles according to the box. Once the batter is made, add the bacon in and stir well.
Now it’s time to cook the waffles. It was at this point that I realized I no longer had the little electric waffle maker that I thought I had. So, I had to break out my crepe/pizzelle/pancake maker. Not wanting a flat sandwich, I used the pizzelle plates (think waffles but much thinner) to make my waffles. My pizelle maker makes three small pizzelles at a time, each of which is approximately the circumference of an English muffin or small pancake. I had enough batter to make 12 “pizelle” waffles, which is six sandwiches. I sprayed the plates with a little cooking spray and poured the waffle batter in. I cooked until the machine let me know it was finished cooking, which was 3-4 minutes. When my “pizzelle” waffles were finished cooking, I put them onto a plate.
Next I lightly buttered one side of each “pizzelle” waffle, in the same manner that I butter the bread when making grilled cheese. Then, I placed four slices of American cheese on one waffle and placed another waffle on top of that.
Now that I had six sandwiches, it was time to grill the cheese. The waffles will not cook the same as bread might, partially because they’re thicker and partially because the waffles are sort of crispy. You’ll know when they’re done by looking to see if the cheese melted.
Serve these immediately as soon as they’re done, because they cook really quickly. I did find that I preferred the flavor when I dunked a little bit of the sandwich into a little pancake syrup. This gave the sandwich the moisture I felt it needed since it was on waffles. I am thinking next time I make these I am going to try adding one or two thin slices of ham, partially for flavor and partially to add some moisture for those that prefer not to dip into syrup.
What’s your favorite breakfast night meal?
ONE winner will receive a Krusteaz Breakfast Night starter kit including:
- Two boxes of each of the following mixes: Buttermilk Pancake, Belgian Waffle, Wild Blueberry Muffin, and Blueberry Pancake
- Some fun kitchen items like a pancake spatula, a pancake griddle pan, a squeeze bottle for pancake art and an apron
- Breakfast Night inspiration including sample Breakfast Night recipes
HOW TO ENTER.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below. The winner will be selected by the Giveaway Tools widget. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that you must complete the mandatory required entry, and that only comments answering the question asked will be eligible for entry. No PO Boxes. From Val’s Kitchen is not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment of prizing. Good luck to everyone!