I kind of made a lot of waffles the other day…….
When I say “a lot” I mean it. We’re talking like in the hundreds. Oh, and there were pancakes too! You see, we were having this family pancake/waffle party thingy that maybe I can tell you about later, but for now just know that we had some leftovers from all of my recipe testing and my overestimations of how much we would need. You know what that means, we’re havin’ waffles tonight!
Luckily, I am a practiced repurposer (I just decided that’s a word spellcheck, leave me alone!) From the time I started blogging up until now I’ve gained lots of experience at finding ways to recreate my
failures extras into something edible and sometimes even something that everyone’s sorry I’ll never be able to repeat again because of its utter randomness. This was one of the rare times that I created something that could actually be repeated without me sounding completely insane. Waffle pizza bake isn’t that much of a stretch is it? I thought it was a pretty nifty idea myself.
By the way, some of you guys might remember the volcano in my backyard (not really in the yard per se, but same difference). Yeah, well it’s doing something new today. We think that there is maybe a small eruption on the other side or maybe there’s a fissure near the base. Whatever the case, it’s steaming or blowing ash more than it has been. Bottom line is it’s not finished being restless and there’s no telling what it will do next. It’s kind of exciting to watch and see, but that’s coming from a die hard fan of any strong weather. I’m totally cut out to be a storm chaser you guys, so if blogging gets old….
Oh, and I am so excited about the fact that one of my aunts is finally coming to visit us. She deserves an honorable mention because she’s probably been my biggest fan from day one of my blog. I can’t wait to see her and my (I was about to say little but he’s probably taller than me now) cousin. I’m sure they’ll come up in conversation again while they’re here. But anyway, back to waffles.
This is something you need to try if nothing else than simply to say you have. It was so good, so fast, and a way easier way to do homemade pizza for a group. I actually used whole wheat waffles so that it was even heartier, but that’s up to you, and there’s also nothing to stop you from loading it with as much cheese as you see fit. Basically, pizza+waffles+all in one pan with next to no prep time=amazingness!!! I will definitely be recreating this in other versions because it was epic. You gotta do it!
- 15 - 18 crisply toasted waffles, torn or cut into large pieces these would be great
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 cups marinara sauce (or pizza sauce), plus extra for serving
- 1 teaspoon oregeno
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup prepared pesto
- 150g sliced pepperoni
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F (180 C) and grease a 13x9 inch pan with oil.
- In a large bowl, combine marinara sauce with pesto, oregano, pepper, and paprika and stir well. Add in 1 cup of each cheese, about 1/2 of the pepperoni, and the waffles. Toss gently in sauce with 2 large spatulas or spoons to coat everything well. Add it all to the pan and spread evenly. Cover with foil and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, then remove from oven. Take off foil and sprinkle on remaining cheese and top with remaining pepperoni.
- Turn oven onto broil and bake for 5 to 7 minutes until top cheese is melted and browned. Remove from oven and cool for at least 5 minutes then serve hot with extra sauce if desired.
If using leftover or frozen waffles you'll want to toast them before making this. You can do it in the oven or individually in a toaster.