Photography by Jonathan Gayman.
Food Styling by Michelle Whittenberg
International Waffle Day
Late last Thursday afternoon I was working on some portfolio concepts when I realized that March 25th is apparently International Waffle Day. I also realized that the shoot we had scheduled for that Friday was likely going to wrap a little early. Lightbulb! I emailed our food stylist Michelle Whittenberg immediately: Do you think we can add some waffles to our shot list in honor of International Waffle Day? Her response (as always) was “Of course we can!”
I already knew which waffle batter that I wanted Michelle to use as a base for our waffle creations. I love a recipe that I originally found on the New York Times (see below). It calls for the addition of sour cream which adds a subtle tang to the waffles and makes them a perfect base for both savory and sweet toppings.
And just what delicious toppings would we want to put on our waffles for Waffle Day? I asked Michelle to develop some recipes for me, and she emailed back to ask what we were going for: Pretty? Unusual? Unexpected? All of the above please, and thank you!
Waffle-tastic Topping Ideas
I was initially thinking of more traditional toppings but Michelle pointed out that we can eat traditional waffles any time we want. “Let’s just go crazy!” she said. “Right on!” I said.
First up, we started with something savory: Mac N’ Cheese and Pulled Pork Waffles! Is this over the top? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely. This could be my new favorite comfort food: creamy and cheesy offset by tangy-salty pork smothered in bbq sauce. This combo would be perfect for game day with a couple of beers.
For the next waffle topping we wanted to go with something a little lighter, but in no way less decadent: Marinated Lemon Shrimp with Green Salad Waffles. This falls into the unusual category but waffles make a great base for just about anything. Perfect for brunch, perhaps with a crisp glass of dry white wine if you like.
Finally, we decided to try something sweet. We love Creme Brûlée and we love waffles, so why not do both: Creme Brûlée Waffles with Fresh Berries. A simple vanilla custard top our waffles crowned with torch-caramelized sugar and fresh berries (which were surprisingly tasty despite being out of season in Missouri at the moment). This could be a breakfast of champions with a cup of coffee … or it could be a dessert as well!
What do you like on your waffles? Try our basic waffle recipe and spend International Waffle Day making up your own creations! Enjoy!