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Waffle iron grilled cheese

I did a chowhound search, and could not find this question or topic, so here goes:
Grilled cheese sandwiches in my house, growing up, were always done in the waffle iron. I never knew they weren't always made that way across the world, until sometime in adulthood or the college cafeteria or something, and to this day, I think of a grilled cheese sandwich without the waffle indentions as weird and second-rate. (On the waffler- magnificent!)
So, I am asking Chowhounds, does anybody else eat grilled cheese sandwiches made on a waffle iron? BTW, if you never tried one this way, dust off the waffler and try it- post your review.
Thanks, Florida Hound

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  1. Yikes, I never thought of that. Will my Belgian waffle maker do, if I use a challah or a Texas toast? I guess I'd have to spray the Pam really liberally?

    Now there's something I am going to have to try, thank you.

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    1. re: anonymouse1935

      I love Belgian Waffles with a passion, but I think the deep indentions from the Belgian Waffler might be a little radical. But if you try it and it isn't a cheesy mess- you might be on to something to tell the rest of us about. Re: "Pam," I guess Mom was making them in the days before Pam, and melting a little butter over the waffler? Nowadays, Pam would be the ticket.

    2. Some time ago, a poster was asking for recs on a panini machine. I suggested using a waffle iron for making the sandwiches and was met with a wall of "huh???" Good for you for thinking for yourself. High time we all used our heads instead of blindly following merchandisers who would like nothing better than to sell us yet another widget.

      1. http://www.chow.com/stories/11092

        I tried the hashbrowns and they were good enough that I kept the recipe.

        1. Don't see why a waffle iron won't work.

          growing up we had a couple of round metal cooking implements that were about the size of a slice of bread without corners. My dad was a dab hand at making toasties in these - he would spread the inside liberally with butter, put a slice of bread on one side pushing gently into the concave metal, put some cheese on, a raw egg, another piece of bread and then you clipped the thing together, cutting off the corners that were poking out and then over to the gas stove burners and they were cooked on both sides. If he could get it just right the yolk was still runny but the bread crispy and the cheese melted.

          I think I still have one, got no idea what they are called.

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          1. re: smartie

            My Brooklyn-born husband has a similar food memory except his involved ground beef instead of egg & cheese. He calls them "Toast-Tites". I don't have access to the round implements that he remembers so I use a camping, long-handled sandwich griller (less than $5) when I want a sure-fire road to his heart.

            1. re: smartie

              We had one of those too!! LOVED IT. i wish i still had it. i wonder who would sell one? i don't know what they're called either... wah.

              1. re: smartie

                We had those for cooking over the campfire. We called the 'pudgy pie' makers. We would use bread filled with PB&J or smores ingredients or pie filling. We had round ones and square ones.

                1. re: smartie

                  We had one too, and I think we still do though now we have a glass top stove. In our house it was called a Toast-Tite (sp?)

                  1. re: junescook

                    What can't you find with Google?

                    http://toastiterecipes.com/

                    http://toastiterecipes.com/2009/05/30...

                    So THAT'S where that very odious infomercial lady got her idea for the non-stick thingy she and some guy sell at 3:00am!

                    Toas-Tite. Now to locate one of these very interesting looking gadgets.

                    1. re: junescook

                      I believe the generic term for those stovetop/campfire sandwich maker thingies is "pie-iron".

                      1. re: Ferdzy

                        We call them mountain pie makers. We use them everytime we go camping, or for fun, just hanging out around the fire in the back yard. We have always made little pizzas out of white bread. Some people also use pie fillings in them. The real cast iron ones are the best.

                  2. YES! That's EXACTLY how my mom made grilled cheese when I was a child. Her waffle iron had the option of using the flat plates, but she always kept the original waffle style plates in tact. A grilled cheese with a glass of chocolate milk was my Saturday lunch at noon while watching Sky King. Thanks for the flash-back!!!

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                    1. re: Darlin

                      We had that same type of grill. My mom would always switch to the flat plates, though. It was just a matter of flipping the plates over. Ahhh, the good old days!

                    2. I love waffled grilled cheese, french toast is good waffled as well. If you haven't checked out this for "extreme" waffling you should: http://www.waffleizer.com/.

                      1. As a kid my Dad made grilled cheese with the flat side of the waffle iron. I really never thought of using the waffle side until the panini craze and I was *not* going to pay *that* for a sandwich press. After that I went crazy trying out all kinds of things, even turning it into a "Foreman grill". Bonus for me even if you ruin it with some nutso experiment (which I did) you can pick up a new one for a song at a thrift store or tag/garage sale.

                        1. Around dorm rooms across the country grilled chees sandwiches are made with a clothes iron.

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                          1. Back when I could eat bread I used to do grilled cheese sandwiches in my George Foreman grill all the time.

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                            1. re: MandalayVA

                              I have the Forman with removable plates. Two weeks ago I used the waffle plates for waffles, I am curious about the "omelette" plates. I wonder if that would be good for making oval pancakes. I used to use it when I made Cuban sandwiches, which came out pretty darn good.

                              Hmmm...since it's too hot for the oven maybe I should put Cuban sandwiches back on the dinner menu.

                              1. re: MandalayVA

                                When the Foreman came out, I thought that was the most obvious choice. Every kid in American wanted it for burgers dogs and grilled cheeses

                              2. Sounds good, I will have to try it. I have my grandmothers very old waffle maker. It makes pretty thin waffles so it will probably work good. I love the grooves in the waffles, sounds fun to have them in the grilled cheese.

                                1. one grandmother used a waffle iron (with flat plates)
                                  my other grandmother used an old clothing iron and basically flattened it by ironing the sandwich on the counter... flattest damn grilled cheeses I ever had
                                  BTW... on grandmother was slightly better off fincancially than the other

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                                  1. re: chickenbruiser

                                    Those flat plates were intended to toast sandwiches with. Waffle irons used to generally be sold with alternate plates for waffles and for what were back then called TOASTED cheese sandwiches, which are what I grew up with. GRILLED cheese sandwiches were made on a griddle or flat grill.

                                  2. These are sooooo outstanding, aren't they? I didn't see them until I was maybe 20; my first foodie friend introduced me to them. And then I promptly forgot, until: Leafing through the magazine of a FN star, I saw a revised recipe that called for using frozen waffles, layering in ham and cheese, and grilling in butter. Yum-o, it wasn't. But it did jolt my memory, and out came my ancient waffler.

                                    1. Here are some previous threads on grilled cheese and other inventive waffle maker meals:
                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/642488
                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/446954

                                      1. How about on a pizzelle iron? Do you think you'd have to cut the sandwich into circles first?

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                                        1. re: pdxgastro

                                          I'd put the sandwich onto the pizzelle iron whole...when it's done, you'll have the impression of the circle and will basically just be able to peel off the excess. But I'm a little lazy, and that's just me. :)