Bust out the waffle iron!

March 25, 2016

From sweet Belgian waffles topped with warm chocolate-fudge sauce to savory bacon-studded waffles—we never need an excuse to indulge in the brunch favorite. But if you do, here's a good one: It's International Waffle Day! Here, five excellent waffles to make in honor of the holiday.

1. Cornmeal-and-Ricotta Waffles

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Star chef Michael Mina's recipe was inspired by his childhood brunch favorite.

2. Classic Belgian Waffles

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You can't go wrong with these light, crispy Brussels-style waffles.

3. Carrot Cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

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Fluffy and ever-so-slightly chewy, it's hard to believe these waffles are gluten-free.

4. Loaded Potato Waffles

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F&W's Justin Chapple cooks shredded potatoes in a waffle iron until crisp, then tops them with cheddar, bacon, sour cream and chives.

5. Almond Waffles

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Finely ground roasted almonds add terrific flavor to these crispy buttermilk waffles.