Yesterday was National Waffle Day. (Don't worry if you missed it -- according to MrBreakfast.com, it's actually the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron.)
In honor of this likely to be overlooked holiday, here are 10 surprising waffle recipes that'll help get you out of a Bisquick rut. You'll never look at your waffle iron the same way again!
Try waffles with ...
Glazed Bananas: Why settle for syrup or whipped cream when after just a minute a side, you can grill bananas to top your waffles? Not only will your taste buds do a double-take, you'll get a healthy dose of potassium, too.
Oatmeal: Or ... how about combining two popular breakfast foods in one tasty meal with these Oatmeal Waffles?
Salted Caramel Coulis: A "coulis" is just a thick sauce. In this case, it's made with whipped cream, butter, and kosher salt. And it's the perfect accompaniment to dessert waffles. (Sorry, Mrs. Butterworth.)
Lemon and Poppy Seeds: Add lemon peel and poppy seeds to your batter to take traditional waffles to a whole new level.
Sour Cream and Chives: Why does sweet get all the fun? These savory waffles from Rachael Ray are good day or night.
Cornmeal With Chili: Ditto with Paula Deen's Cornmeal Waffles With Spicy Chili. You've never had waffles like this before!
Pumpkin: As temperatures cool down, kids head back to school, and big box stores remind us that Halloween is right around the corner, try these Pumpkin Waffles to get yourself in the fall spirit.
Gingerbread: Prefer Christmas? These Gingerbread Waffles will have you singing holiday tunes in the kitchen. All that's missing is the mistletoe.
Sweet Potato: Can't bear to think about the holidays yet and just looking for something a little different? Alton Brown's Sweet Potato Waffles (with a hint of orange!) won't disappoint.
Pineapple and Coconut: Long for a tropical escape? These Hawaiian Waffles (with pineapple and coconut) are just about the next best thing.
What's your favorite waffle add-on?
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