(Frozen) Waffle Grilled Ham and Cheese
Because we all need more meals that we can pull out of our behinds on those busy weeknights. My family and I are in love with these (Frozen) Waffle Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches and I hope you will be, too!
I’ve never been much of a meal planner but as my kids get older I find that it’s more and more necessary to my sanity. We have some sort of after school activity (sometimes multiple) most nights of the week and if I don’t do some sort of meal planning then we’re either dining out or eating cereal and eggs. Both of which get old after awhile, you know? And, it’s always key to have a few staples on hand that I can throw a quick dinner together. Queue the frozen waffles.
FROZEN WAFFLES TO THE RESCUE
Frozen waffles are my latest kitchen hack. Breakfast for dinner? Yes. Quick morning breakfast before we run out the door? Yes. Standing in as bread for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches? Also, yes. I found this out when I was having one of those nights when I hadn’t planned ahead and we didn’t have much in the kitchen. My kiddos asked me for grilled cheese and I realized I didn’t have any bread. Frozen waffles to the rescue! A honey-mustard sauce, the last bit of deli ham, a few slices of swiss cheese and, voile, dinner was served to rave reviews!
DO YOU HAVE TO LET THE WAFFLES DEFROST FIRST?
No. You can use frozen waffles straight from the freezer though I’d highly recommend toasting them lightly before buttering and pan searing. I found (out the hard way) that the waffles can get soggy if you don’t toast them first. Soggy waffles = no bueno.
CAN YOU USE ANY KIND OF WAFFLES?
I’m pretty sure you could use any kind of waffles to make these grilled cheese sandwiches though I’ve only use the ones from Whole Foods as that’s what I usually have on hand. I don’t discriminate against Eggos, just saying. I’m kind of thinking the blueberry waffles with brie cheese would be amazing. That whole sweet and savory combo is my jam.
WHAT KIND OF CHEESE IS THE BEST FOR GRILLED CHEESE?
This answer is simple. Whatever your favorite cheese is. Or in my case, it’s whatever cheese I can find in the fridge. Our favorite combos are deli turkey and Havarti cheese with cranberry sauce, bacon and sharp cheddar, fresh mozzarella with tomato and basil, and my personal favorite- pepper jack cheese with a spicy raspberry-jalapeno jam. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!
I hope you’ll think twice the next time you walk past the frozen waffles in the grocery store. Throw a box in your cart and plan for what happens to be the easiest and most delicious mid-week dinner ever!! You’re welcome. 🙂
photos by Kellie Hatcher/ recipe by Mountain Mama CooksPrint
Frozen waffles grilled to perfection and stuffed with a homemade honey-mustard, melty havarti cheese and savory ham.
- 2 frozen waffles
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon mayonnaise (optional)
- 2 slices havarti cheese
- 3 slices deli ham
- Toast waffles on low just so they’re barely crispy- no need to heat through.
- Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat.
- If desired, though not necessary, cook the ham for 30 seconds -1 minute on each side just to warm it up and brown just a tad. Set aside.
- Butter one side of both waffles.
- Mix together the mustard, honey and mayonnaise if using.
- Spread some of the honey-mustard on the non-buttered side of the waffles. Put one slice of cheese on each waffle, and the ham in the middle to make a sandwich.
- Grill each waffle, butter side down, for 4-5 minutes until the waffles are golden and crispy and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.