Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waffling Leftovers: Lasagna

As I mentioned in my Waffling Leftovers introductory post, I'm quasi obsessed with taking leftovers and putting them into my waffle iron as the reheating technique.  Some are successes, some are not.  Either way, it is always fun.

But this one, is a success story.  If you are a "crispy edge" lover of lasagna, I highly recommend waffling your leftover lasagna!
The Original: Butternut Squash & Sage Lasagna (right).
One Friday evening, my group at work had an amazing lasagna prepared for us for "Comfort Foods Friday".

The pasta was layered with roasted butternut squash slices, it was seasoned beautifully with sage and thyme, the entire thing just screamed "fall!"  There were soft cloves of crazy flavorful confit garlic.  And then of course, the decadence: creamy mascarpone, Point Reyes blue cheese, and mozzarella.

It was delicious, and I loved the crispy bits along the exterior the most.
Leftover Lasagna.
There was a lot left over.  I gleefully packed some up to take home and eat over the weekend.  Lasagna always keeps well, and often, even tastes better the next day.  And it did.  Saturday night, I had a slice heated up traditionally, in the oven.

But I couldn't step thinking about the crispy edges.  And I know one way to maximize crispy bits ... waffling!

So Sunday night, into the waffle iron it went.
Halfway Done ...
After a few minutes, I opened the waffle maker to check on it.  Uh-oh.  It was stuck to both the top and bottom grills, and separated in the middle where the butternut squash slices were.

But my experience has taught me one thing when waffling: if it is sticking, just, let it go longer.  This *usually* is the answer (unless of course you end up burning it).
Victory!
A few more minutes, and I opened the waffle iron up again.  This time, it slid out easily.

So, the answer to the burning question: Will it waffle?

Yes!

It worked just as I expected.  The noodles on top and bottom came out perfectly crispy.  Inside stayed moist.  Some cheese ran out, which turned into crispy bits of fried cheese.

Total and complete success, and there is nothing I would change.
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