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By Tim Nelson
January 13, 2021
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Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
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Owing to the ubiquity of social media, an abundance of free time at home, and a surplus of boredom, the pace of DIY culinary innovation has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past year. While TikTok and its 60-second or less videos bear much of the responsibility for this innovation, sometimes a simple picture posted on Reddit is worth 1,000 bites. 

Over at R/Foodhacks, the subreddit that once gave us Chicken Parm Nuggets, a genius who goes by the username of Gooberdawg has showcased a simple yet significant method for elevating the classic tomato soup and grilled cheese combo with a little help from an unexpected kitchen gadget. 

As the self-explanatory title clearly states, the secret to stepping up your grilled cheese game is to make it using a waffle iron. While a pan, griddle, or panini press can get the job done well enough, the secret to a great grilled cheese is to make it in a waffle iron. Why? As a crucial parenthetical explains, the holes hold extra soup. When faced with the choice between a sandwich that can hold more soup when dipped or less, always opt for more soup. 

You might be skeptical, the idea of a savory waffle really isn't as uncommon as you may think. On top of that, we've already got a recipe you can use to make grilled cheese using your waffle iron, which means you're already out of excuses for not trying this soup and sandwich hack.

So if you've already wanted a sandwich that could hold extra soup, follow the trail that this intrepid Redditor blazed and add some holes to your grilled cheese with a waffle iron. The delicious payoff is a small price to pay for the fact that the phrase "the holes hold extra soup" will be lodged into your brain for a while.