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Every other Thursday, we bring you Nicholas Day -- on cooking for children, and with children, and despite children. Also, occasionally, on top of.

Today: Everything tastes better when you waffle it.

Waffled zucchini-parmesan fritters

As Jane Austen famously said, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a food not waffled is a less tasty food.  

This raises a couple of questions: Why did Jane Austen hate pancakes? And how did she know about waffling everything before Will It Waffle? was published?

Shredded zucchini

I should explain. I have a friend, Daniel Shumski, who a few years ago, while completely sober, began sticking foods in a waffle iron to see what would waffle. (I assume everyone has a friend like this.) It turned out that Jane Austen was right. For example: Bibimbap: good. Waffled bibimbap: better. Or: S’mores: good. S’moreffles: better.

I trust you are no longer sitting down.

While he was writing a cookbook on how you too can waffle your kitchen, Dan came over and tried out his recipe for spaghetti and waffled meatballs. This was an event preceded by great excitement in our household, mostly with our then-four-year-old Isaiah, saying, Wait, we’re going to have waffles for dinner? and me saying, Well, sort of, and then Isaiah saying, Wait, we’re going to have waffles for dinner? and me saying, Well…

But the waffled meatballs were a hit and for a while afterward, Isaiah walked around the house thinking of foods that Dan should waffle. (I know, Dada! Bagels!) So did his father, actually. (I know, Dan! Pancakes!) I’m not sure whose suggestions were less helpful.

Despite all this assistance, Dan has written a revolutionary guide to the waffle iron, with suggestions that are actually helpful. To answer the obvious question first, yes, Will It Waffle? does have waffle recipes (yeast-risen overnight waffles and buttermilk cornmeal waffles). But it is almost entirely non-waffle waffles: Waffled bacon and eggs. Waffled banana bread. Waffled falafel. (Fawaffle, naturally.) Waffled soft-shell crab. (Really.)

Waffled Zucchini-Parmesan Fritters

The other day I inadvertently made actual waffles for breakfast and Dan’s waffled zucchini-Parmesan fritters for dinner. I had salad for lunch. I felt bad about not waffling it.  

I did not feel bad about waffling the zucchini-Parmesan fritters. And the children did not feel at all bad about swallowing them whole.

Waffled Zucchini-Parmesan Fritters

Serves 4

2 cups shredded zucchini (roughly 2 medium zucchini)
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Neutral oil or nonstick cooking spray
Black pepper

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Alpha Smoot and James Ransom

Tags: waffles, waffling, will it waffle, Daniel Shumski, fritters, zucchini, breakfast for dinner, everyday cooking, cooking with kids, summer, vegetarian, special diets

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Comments (6)


7 months ago Cattie

This is the funniest recipe post I have ever read. If I wasn't allergic to eggs I'd be making these right now.


about 1 year ago Daryl Ann Jones

This is great.


about 1 year ago Fairmount_market

This mapo tofu with waffled tofu is an impressive example of waffle iron creativity:


about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Wondering what you'd serve on the side for dinner for a fairly traditional adult -- my better half -- who adores waffles. He's from the deep South (and has been to a Waffle House in every state where they have them), and tends toward the blueberry or praline-topped, more conventional sweeter versions. I'm looking forward to trying these, and running down the book! ;o)


about 1 year ago ATG117

How about cherry red and yellow tomatoes sliced and coated in olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. You could do a warm version too by lightly sauteeing them, and adding some garlic. Another idea that comes to mind is a summery soup or a crisp salad.


about 1 year ago Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen

It actually was yesterday when I thought I should try to make zucchini waffles...and here they are! I'm sure these would be amazing with some crème fraîche and gravlax.