Maybe you’ve heard about Chaffles- a grain free alternative to bread or toast or pancakes- or waffles. Unlike their wheat laden counterparts, these cheese and egg wonders are packed full of healthy fat and protein instead of destructive carbs and sugars.
You’d think, since the basic chaffle recipe is simply mozzarella cheese and an egg, that they would taste eggy, or cheesy but they don’t. They taste delicious and their texture is bread-like as well. It’s a weird thing. Some science-y explanation exists no doubt but I’ve not sought it out, nor will I. While I am analytical in nature, I do still enjoy small mysteries and magics. The chaffle strikes me as such. It’s food artistry at it’s best- simple, accessible, photogenic, tasty and inexplicable.
The basic chaffle recipe requires no recipe at all. Just mix an egg with a 1/2 cup of mozzarella, then cook half of the “batter” in a mini waffle maker for about five minutes, then repeat the process with the other half. But really, the sky is the limit with the direction you want to take a chaffle. The photo at the top of the page is a recipe for a Sweet Cinnamon Chaffle I developed after I had a hankering for cinnamon toast.
One of my favorite chaffle sandwiches was this Rueben, made with deli corned beef, live culture sauerkraut, Jarlsberg cheese and homemade Keto Thousand Island, all piled high on a rye chaffle made with caraway seed. The recipe for the rye chaffle is provided on the 2 Keto Dudes blog, written by Keto Dude Carl. The addition of baking powder and konjac was the textural inspiration for my Sweet Cinnamon version. Thanks Carl. Was delish!
When I’ making sandwiches I typically just make a basic batch of chaffles. When I’m making myself little pizzas I usually add Italian Seasonings and garlic. Again, you can get creative! Do whatever you want! There is one thing that, in my mind, is absolutely required. It’s a cheap, little, mini waffle iron. Weather round or square, these little non-stick gadgets make perfectly sized portions for your sandwich or breakfast or pizza. The one I use is a Dash, which can be found on Amazon in a variety of colors. They range in price from 9.99 to 15.99 typically. Because of the chaffle craze, they sometimes run out of stock.