This time on The Table Set the guys get together in Greg’s kitchen to answer the question, Will It Waffle? (Yes, it will!).
The question is actually posed (and answered) by Daniel Shumski in his new book of the same name (Will It Waffle? Yes, it will! Workman 2014). The adventure starts on Skype where Andy, Greg and Nathan caught up with Daniel to hear more about the intriguing process of waffleizing anything. Waffleized pizza and burgers, sure. But how about calamari salad or chocolate chip cookies? Why not? And Nathan wants to know if soft-shell crab will waffle (Yes, it will!).
So, book in hand, the guys head to the kitchen to do some waffley things of their own.
However, before they turn their attention to waffleizing, they decide to do a little memorializing from a few of the parties the enjoyed since we heard from them last.
Andy went to Hawaii. All three of the guys agree Hawaii is beautiful. Tiki gods and sunsets, what’s not to like? But do you need a kitchen? Yes and no. Fortunately there are plenty of good eats in Hawaii. Seafood comes to mind. Andy particularly enjoyed Mama’s Fish House, “Where Aloha greets you every moment of the day.”
Greg has talked about his summer Sundays at the Hollywood Bowl before. But he didn’t want to let the season wane without one more tribute. It’s taken Greg 18 years of season tickets to get to the good seats, and they’re good. But all 3 guys agree, there’s something special about the sun setting over the Hollywood Hills, and the best way to enjoy it is from the (way) top of the nosebleed seats.
What do you do when you’ve finally perfected your breadmaker pizza dough recipe? Well, you call your friends and tell them to raid the pantry for toppings so you can throw an impromptu pizza party. That’s how Nathan found himself creating pizza on the grill (with good friends and an assortment of pizza toppings) one recent summer evening.
Before we peek into the kitchen and see what kind of waffleizing Daniel’s book inspired, Nathan, Andy and Greg decide to see is there’s any inspiration to be found in the Hot Pot. Greg filled it with Betty Crocker recipes he thought could be waffled. But you never know. The challenge, as always, is to blindly draw one of these cards and answer Daniel’s question, “Will it Waffle?”
Once the guys (finally) land in the kitchen they heat up the old waffle iron and get waffling. Here’s what they came up with. Spoiler alert. Andy and Nathan made something impromptu, inspired by Daniel’s book. But Greg prefers to practice. So he made a waffle he’s made before. That recipe can be found here.
As fun and creative as these recipes are. You might be expecting something from the master himself. Here’s a recipe from Daniel Shumski for Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Photo: Maes Studios, Inc./Will it Waffle
1/2 cup(s) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup(s) firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
3/4 cup(s) old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup(s) semisweet mini chocolate chips
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat the waffle iron on medium. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric hand mixer until mostly smooth.
Add the eggs and vanilla, then continue beating until they’re fully incorporated.
In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until few streaks of flour remain. Add the oats and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Place a heaping tablespoon of dough onto each waffle section, allowing room for the cookies to spread. Close the lid and cook until the cookies are set and beginning to brown. This won’t take very long — 2 or 3 minutes, depending on the heat of your waffle iron. The cookies should be soft when you remove them and will firm up as they cool.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Repeat until the remaining batter has been waffled.
Tips & Techniques
Note: Don’t make the cookies too big. They have to be removed from the waffle iron while they’re still fairly soft. Anything bigger than a heaping tablespoon of batter will tend to yield cookies that become unwieldy and fall apart as you attempt to remove them.
And because Greg said he would, here’s the dirt on Betty Crocker…