A jaffle is a toasted sandwich made in a device that seals the corners of the bread. They are equal parts delicious and dangerous, with the sealed edges trapping heat and steam inside the sandwich, often resulting in a burnt chin with the first bite.
I used to love jaffles as a kid. But the varieties were pretty much limited to ham and cheese or tinned spaghetti (in a sandwich, I know, outrageous!). But now jaffles are taking a gourmet twist. There is a bar in Melbourne called Bad Frankie, which has an extensive collection of Australian spirits -liquid, not ghosts, as well as jaffles on the menu. They even have a dessert jaffle using lamingtons.
Anyway, Bad Frankie is hosting a jaffle competition and whoever comes up with the best combination wins a bar tab, a jaffle iron and the glory of having their culinary creation on the menu.
Entries are now closed but my brother-in-law Nick is hellbent on winning. Here is his creation, inside are gourmet homemade baked beans made with cannellini and butter beans in a spicy tomato ragout and delicious molten cheese:
An excellent option for the vegetarian in your life. Like my sister.
Anyway, Nick asked me to help rally some support for the Has Beans so I would really appreciate it if you could take time out of your busy schedule to click this link and click like on Nick’s jaffle.
Nick has promised if he is in the top three to make me jaffles on demand for the rest of our natural lives*. And he clearly needs to win the jaffle iron in order to get the sealed edges on future sandwiches. So please, go ahead and click the link! I’ll be your best friend.
In the meantime, do you love jaffles or toasted sandwiches? What’s the best filling? Have you ever entered a food competition?
(*he may not have agreed to this)