A few weeks back, we caught a picture of someone’s ingenious idea of popping leftover pizza into a waffle iron, essentially making a true-to-form pizza waffle.
The idea got us thinking that you could apply this trick to a lot of leftovers, from turning soggy burgers into crispy waffle buns to transforming wet soft tacos into hot, gooey waffle tacos.
So, we got to rummaging through the fridge, swooping up anything we could find. Since it was the Foodbeast office fridge we were pillaging, we had cold pizza and everything from a day-old McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger to a Taco Bell Chicken Gordita on deck. Don’t judge us.
From there, we proceeded to test how these things fared when put through the waffle iron. Check out the spoils of our labor:
Waffle Double Cheeseburger, McDonald’s
The heat from the waffle iron not only reheated the burger, but melted the cheese into the meat and brought a panini-pressed type crunch to the bun. The pickles were phenomenal!
Waffle Chicken Gordita, Taco Bell
The press worked wonders on the soft taco. The sour cream, nacho cheese and grilled chicken melded together into one hot, flavor-packed bite. The flour tortilla was revived to a warm, delicate texture.
Pizza Waffles, Local Pizza Shop
Previous to this food experiment, we were strong believers in the next-day cold pizza theory. We thought that pizza tasted best in leftover form, finding a beauty in cold pizza dipped in ranch. However, after sticking a folded slice of pie into the waffle iron and having a piping hot, super crunchy, melty, DIY pepperoni calzone come out, our faith’s been shaken. From now on, waffle-pressed may be the only way we ever eat (leftover) pizzas.