Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese {how-to}

Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, so we’re celebrating by posting a grilled cheese sandwich every day. This is No. 11. See all of our grilled cheese sandwiches >> here << .

I’ve never had Fried Chicken and Waffles. The idea of crunchy, fatty-salt fried chicken paired with crispy, tendersweet waffles is awesome. It’s just that any time the opportunity arises for me to eat that glorious combination…

Ok, I actually don’t have an explanation of why I would ignore Fried Chicken of any sort. I just always end up eating something with eggs. I’m that easy when it comes to eggs.

Anyway.
Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese
So my first time ever with Fried Chicken and Waffles is my own, and it’s not even “traditional,” whatever traditional is with respect to fried chicken and waffles, because it’s a grilled cheese “sandwich.”
liege waffle
I used a liege waffle because a regular waffle seemed like it would be too flimsy to hold together the weight and volume of both oozing melted cheese and pieces of fried chicken. The liege waffle is thick, sturdy, almost bread-like. It has tiny pearls of sugar in the waffle, so while it’s not quite the same as drippy maple syrup, it’s the same sweet effect without, well, the drippiness (which is fine with a fork and knife, but this is a sandwich you eat with your hands).
Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese
If you like the double opposite combination of sweet/salty and crunchy/gooey, this grilled cheese is perfect. (Not everyone in the TasteSpotting Kitchen, however, was a fan, and we’ll just leave it at that.)

If you’re inspired enough to make everything from scratch, here are a few recipes to get you started:

Hopefully this inspires everyone to make real grilled cheese sandwiches for tomorrow’s National Grilled Cheese Day!
fried chicken and waffle grilled cheese

Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese

makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients

1 tablespoon softened butter
1 large waffle or 2 regular small square waffles
2 slices of Cheddar cheese
1 piece of fried chicken (any part), bones and cut into thin/small slices

Directions

Depending on the type of waffle you are using, either cut it in half or split it apart.

On each waffle half, add a slice of cheese. Arrange the fried chicken pieces on one half, then close the sandwich with the other half of the waffle. Gently press the sandwich together.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan over medium low heat. Place the sandwich in pan and press down slightly with a spatula. Cook until the cheese on the bottom half starts to melt. Flip the sandwich over and cook until bottom is toasted and cheese has melted.

Remove the grilled sandwich from the pan and place on plate or cutting board.

by Sarah J. Gim on April 11, 2012 · 23 comments

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