Weeknight Shorts: Fusion Cuisine for Kids

Sometimes, my daughter and I are on our own for dinner. It's not often, so we make a special event out of them. We plan fun projects that result in painted patio projects or wearables we've shown. We listen to our favorite music and she shows me her latest dance moves. And we make fusion cuisine. Yeah — it's our own blend of her favorite foods and you'll never find me rolling my eyes when this is on my plate:

It's like a slice of pizza, a waffle, and a grilled cheese sandwich all rolled into one. Now that's fusion cuisine! A dish like this is great to make with kids because they can easily assemble them entirely while you heat the waffle iron and toss together a salad. Then you get to take over at the waffle iron while they set the table. The entire process takes about 20 minutes, which is quick and painless and likely to keep even short attention spans in check. And you've got a great dinner that they helped to make waiting for you at the end: that's bliss.

Now I bet regular readers will guess what I'm about to say next. That's right: this recipe is easily tweakable to take advantage of cravings and what you have on hand. Try your favorite sandwich fillings: hot ham and cheese is equally as wonderful as peanut butter and jelly. Pop leftovers in as fillings: we love mac 'n cheese or chili in them. You can even put sweets in there for a fun dessert, like chocolate sauce and sliced bananas. Mmmmm!

I like serving these sandwiches with something involving veggies, since they tend to be a little thin on them. Your favorite green salad or a bowl of steaming tomato soup are both perfect. My daughter loves to dip her waffle sandwiches into tomato soup and have a little salad on the side!

Waffle-Pizza Sandwiches

  • 1 can jumbo flaky refrigerated biscuits
  • 8 oz. shredded cheese
  • 1/4 c. pepperoni slices
  • Waffle maker and nonstick cooking spray

Heat your waffle maker in the closed position.

In the meantime, open the can of biscuits and separate them into 8 rounds. Press each round flat until it measures 4-5 inches in diameter. This is an excellent job for little kitchen helpers. Arrange some shredded cheese and 4-5 slices of pepperoni in the center of one biscuit round and carefully cover the fillings with another round and press the edges together to form a pocket. Repeat this process with the remaining 6 flattened rounds.

Lightly spray the preheated waffle maker with the cooking spray and set one of the biscuit pockets into the center of the maker. Carefully close the lid, pressing down lightly on the lid. Set a timer for 4 minutes. When the timer beeps, carefully remove the waffle sandwich to a plate using a fork. Be careful, as the sandwich will be very hot.

Repeat this process with the remaining 3 biscuit pockets. Serve warm.

  • Yields: 4 sandwiches
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

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