I was so excited by the success of my seafood-stuffed-waffle-pizza-sandwich that I just had to try making something else in my waffle maker. Amy from MoMamma suggested I also try making quesadillas, she makes them for her son with cheese. I loved the idea but I wanted to try making it with vegetarian chilly and cheese.
I put in the tortilla, added the chilli, topped with cheese, added another tortilla and pressed on the hot iron for five minutes. I wanted it nice and crispy so I really pushed down.
Oh good grief! I mean seriously, what an explosion! See, to get the impression I did have to press down to make it nice and crispy but I swear, everything came out the sides. This was a total nightmare to clean up, especially the waffle iron!
I refused to give up though. The next day I made a smaller quesadilla for me, put on less filling and cheese. I put it in the waffle maker for around 3 minutes. I pressed down but not super hard.
OK, I was expecting some mess and this wasn’t too bad.
This was a lot of fun but I have to say, in order to get the quesadilla right you end up with very little filling inside. It is making me reconsider ever ordering a quesadilla when I go out again because you really are not paying for a lot of food. I usually stuff mine when I made them on the stovetop so they are more of a meal than an appetizer.
By the way, I really recommend Rachael Ray’s Veg-Head Three-Bean Chili, even for non-vegetarians. One of the fastest, easiest and pretty tasty chilis I have had that is super economical and makes a ton!
Nope, I could not stop there. I made our favourite sandwich bread Yummy Yogurt Dill Loaf yesterday and wanted to try using the waffle iron as a panini press, thanks to my foodie friends’ suggestions and encouragement on Facebook.
Much better! Very little mess, nice and crispy exterior, the cheese melted inside but the bread was still very soft past the crust. I will definitely use this method again!
A lot of you have recently asked for more disaster stories so here you go. I promise you, cleaning out all that chili from the crevices of my waffle iron was not a fun experience. Nor was having chili end up all over my floor.
So that is my latest disaster story. Do you have one to share? I would love to hear it!
Debra She Who Seeks says
My greatest cooking disaster was the time I tried to make matzo balls. I’ll blog about it some day, once the trauma has subsided.
Cathy Olliffe-Webster says
It still looks delish, mess or no mess.
LOL, you are truly the foodie daredevil! Disasters aside, they all look delicious. That veggie chili is a must try.
As for foodie disasters, I could write a short novel about mine, but the most memorable one is setting my dining room table on fire while having fondue with company. Thank god for baking soda and quick thinking, no damage resulted except to my pride and the need to get a new tablecloth.
Suzie Ridler says
Oh no Debra! That sounds like the first time I tried to make German bread dumplings. I still haven’t written about that!
Cathy, it was delicious so I guess disaster was averted.
Ava, I try my best to be a daredevil and mad scientist in the kitchen, so thank you. OMG, that really is a disaster! I have yet to set the actual table on fire. Impressive! Are you the one who told me about boiling water removing the wallpaper from the walls? That’s one of my favourites, ever.
Nope, that was Alley_bee over at FN. He was boiling down his maple syrup in his kitchen and left it simmering for the day and came home to the wallpaper peeling off the walls. That defintely was a hilarious disaster!
thats the only reason I don’t have a waffle iron, cleaning them is such a bear. but I might have reconsider, everything looks pretty good!
Suzie Ridler says
Oh right! That was Alley_bee, thank Ava! What a story… Thanks for reminding me it was his, LOL.
Dawn, it is such a bear, it’s true! I was on the verge of getting rid of my waffle iron but now? No way! It’s my new toy. If you scrape off the majority of whatever is on it right away, it makes cleanup a little easier but still… What a pain!