Who says that waffles at brunch must necessarily be served sweet? I have likely bored you to death with comparisons between the US and Italy by now, but I aim to share my daily life with you, and that includes my constant effort to mix these two cultures, especially in the kitchen and on the table. I think we can intertwine both into many desserts and have fun discovering different, tasty combos. That’s why, for an Italian-style brunch, I decided to make a zucchini and Italian Parmesan cheese waffle! Curious?! I was as well… In the end, I thought, well Sara, it will be more or less like those delicious ‘frittelle’ (they’re kind of small pancakes) that grandma Palmira makes. Obviously her frittelle are inimitable, like all grandmothers’ recipes, even the ones created with whatever leftovers the fridge had to offer, which then became family treasures.
Let’s not panic, grandmother’s expectations are always too high, what’s important to us is having fresh ingredients and waffle maker! With a Cuisinart waffle maker I can crank out all the waffles in the world within minutes and without making the kitchen into a warzone! Usually when I come across kitchen appliances I’m always terrified of having to clean them, but fortunately, in a few minutes and couple of steps this Waffle Maker is like new! All there is left to do now is to call some friends and invite them for the best summer brunch!
- 2 zucchini, cut julienne style
- 1 teaspoon of coarse salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2/3 Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- thyme, chopped
- Fresh Mozzarella (such as for an Italian pizza), sliced
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Place julienned zucchini into in a colander and sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Allow them to soak for about 30 minutes, then rinse and try to remove as much water as possible.
- Turn on the waffle maker to medium temperature.
- Combine egg, milk, Parmesan cheese, flour, salt, pepper and thyme together in a bowl and mix well.
- Spray the grid of the waffle maker with the non-stick cooking spray (vegetable oil as an alternatives is fine).
- Place a 1 ½ tablespoon of mixture into each designated waffle spot, close and let it cook for 3-4 minutes (check after 2 minutes).
- When the waffles are almost ready add a slice of fresh mozzarella on top, cook maximum for another minute and serve!