Grilled Ham and Cheese on Homemade Whole Wheat Waffles

This is the kind of ham and cheese sandwich you make when it's easier to make homemade waffles than it is to go to the store and buy bread.  
 I LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches and there isn't a person in this house who would turn up their nose at one.  I used my basic pancake/waffle recipe except that I used maple syrup instead of sugar.   Also, I somehow managed to run out of vanilla extract, so we didn't use vanilla extract today.

 Here's the recipe for these particular waffles:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. salt

 1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil (we used Canola)
1/4 cup real maple syrup--If you have a real sweet tooth, this might not be sweet enough for you.  Add another 1/4 cup of sweetener (maple syrup, sugar)
2 eggs

For the grilled cheese and ham sandwich on waffles:
2 homemade waffles
2 slices nitrate-free ham
1 bread-sized slice of cheddar cheese or cut your own slices from block
mustard, if you like

Sift or whisk together dry ingredients.  Mix wet ingredients together.  Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.  Usually I try not to overmix pancake and waffle batters so that they don't get tough--I learned that from Alton Brown.  Since we were going to end up using these for sandwiches, I didn't worry about overmixing.  Cook on your preheated waffle iron until you hear the click.  If you don't have a waffle iron I definitely recommend getting one.  Someone gave us the waffle iron for a wedding gift and I thought the person was crazy, but I have ended up using mine so much.  SO much.  Making waffles is so much easier than making pancakes because I don't have to stand there and wait for bubbles.  I pour the batter in, let the waffle maker do it's job and wait for the click.  I can still be doing other things in the kitchen instead of standing over a pan.

I used a George Forman grill to grill our sandwiches.  Making grilled cheese sandwiches is a basic thing.  I assume you all know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich.  If you don't, here goes:
Slice cheddar cheese.
Place cheese slices next to each other to cover each waffle.
Important note:  Try to use waffles that don't have holes for the bottom piece.  That will make less of a mess on your grill from gooey cheese blobs.
We used two slices of nitrate-free ham on top of the cheese slices.
Future Fashionista and I both put mustard on our sandwiches--she used plain yellow mustard and I used horseradish mustard.  If you like mustard, it adds a yummy little bit of tang to the sandwich.

I love the combination of sweet crunch from the waffles, the ooey gooey meltiness of the cheddar cheese and the saltiness of the ham.  It was a super-yummy experiment that worked.  I will definitely make them this way again!

What's your favorite way to cook grilled cheese?




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