Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

You’re Going to Want this Waffle Grilled Cheese For Waffle Day

Happy Waffle Day, everyone! While this may sound like a completely made-up holiday in line with holidays like Something on a Stick Day (March 28), Onion Ring Day (June 22), and Collect Rocks Day (September 16), Waffle Day is actually a Swedish holiday that dates back centuries.

The Swedish Waffle Day, which is celebrated on March 25, has been going on for centuries. Why? March 25 is the Christian feast day Our Lady’s Day (otherwise known as the Annunciation), or Vårfrudagen in Swedish. Vårfrudagen sounds a lot like Våffeldagen, which translates to Waffle Day.

swedish waffles heart

“Woah, woah, woah,” the waffle purists are probably saying at this point, “I am a waffle aficionado and you are wrong about Waffle Day. It’s actually celebrated on August 24, you newb.”

Well, first, that hurts. Second, there are two legitimate Waffle Days. You heard right. Two chances to celebrate one of the top three batter-based breakfast foods out there.

The second — which is celebrated in the US alone, is traditionally celebrated in August (the 24th, to be exact) and marks the patenting of the first U.S. waffle iron, which was invented by Troy, New York’s Cornelius Swarthout in 1869. Swarthout’s patent built upon the stovetop waffle irons that had been around since the 1300s by adding the handle and clasp that allowed users to flip the waffle. (The electric waffle iron wouldn’t come around until 1911.)

Yeah, we didn’t think we’d learn a lot about waffles when we started this piece, either. Enough with the history lesson, though. Onto the delicious part!

jarlsberg cheese wheel

If you’re planning to celebrate Waffle Day, you should be prepared with a recipe with which to celebrate. Sure, you can just order some frozen waffles online … or you could take it a step further and make a delicious waffle grilled cheese sandwich. Below, you can find a recipe that utilizes the biggest, baddest waffles on the block (Belgian waffles, of course) and Jarlsberg Cheese, which is perhaps best known for having a giant wheel of cheese that every single one of us wants to buy every time we walk by it in the grocery store.

Sidebar: You can an entire wheel of Jarlsberg on Amazon for the low, low price of $282.20. That’s approximately 22 pounds of cheese with free shipping.

For this recipe, you can use any type of Jarlsberg cheese, but we recommend going with the Hickory Smoked Cheese, which gives a nice slightly smoky flavor to the sandwich.

Jarlsberg Cheese Waffle Grilled Cheese



  • 8 square Belgian waffles
  • 8 slices Jarlsberg cheese
  • 8 slices deli ham
  • 8 sliced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine


  1. Spread margarine or butter on premade Belgian waffles. Toast waffles.
  2. Prepare cheese and ham. Place cheese and ham on toasted waffles and place in oven for several minutes to allow cheese to melt.
  3. Add on sliced tomatoes to your liking, or pair with Granny Smith apples for a sweeter taste.

Editors' Recommendations

Sam Slaughter
Sam Slaughter was the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for…
Compound butter: It’s the thing you’re missing in your life — and your meals
Compound butter is magical flavor bomb will make all of your dishes shine
how to make compound butter img 3543

If you're looking for an easy, instant upgrade to just about any dish, compound butter is the way to go. When you're looking for ways to add flavor to a dish, you can't go wrong with infusing butter, already the world's most perfect food, with fresh herbs and savory flavors like garlic and shallots. If you're wondering how to make an over-the-top magnificent bird this Thanksgiving, the answer is compound butter. A steakhouse-quality steak for date night at home? Compound butter. Roasted vegetables with a complex, buttery sauce straight from your fridge? You get it.

So how do you make this magical ingredient? And how can you be sure you always have it in a moment of need? Read on to find out how to make compound butter, learn different recipe ideas you can try, and discover why you need to make a big batch of this buttery beauty ASAP.
What is compound butter?

Read more
You’re not using enough kosher salt in your cooking
Kosher salt: Learn how to properly use this magic crystal, no spells required
Salt with a wooden spoon

Salt is the single-most important item a cook has in the kitchen, followed only by a sharp, trusty chef's knife. The sad truth, though, is that salt is also one of the most misused ingredients around. With the power to elevate everyday, humdrum dishes into masterpieces and turn mundane ingredients into savory temptations, this little crystal is more powerful than any others you may find in a new-age shop.
Though we won't excuse them, there are lots of reasons for our misuse of salt, and it's time we turn our behavior around. By understanding what we've done wrong, we can move forward with self-awareness, newfound knowledge, and healthy boundaries. Salt, we promise to do better.
The first step on our road to reconciliation is understanding our fears. Not without reason, to be sure, we've been taught to view sodium as an enemy and a health hazard. There are certainly those out there who should be monitoring their salt intake. Cutting back on high-sodium drinks and snack foods is a smart start to reducing sodium and a good choice for optimum health overall. But if we're honest, properly seasoned, home-cooked food is very seldom the problem.
Another common fear is over-salting food, so we tend to overcorrect and err on the side of blandness. This fear likely stems from the old habit of using table salt instead of kosher salt. So how do we fix that?

What is the difference between salt and kosher salt?
Regular salt, also known as iodized or table salt, is the fine crystal variety you find in salt shakers — and in our opinion, that's where it belongs. Trap it in there and never let it escape. Unless, you know, you're making salt dough ornaments with your kids or something. Look, we know people have been using this salt for ages, but it's time to make the transition to kosher salt.

Read more
You’re drinking rum all wrong — why you need to treat it more like wine
Chances are good that you're not giving rum drinks the resect they deserve
A set of Plantation rums from around the world.

Even if you take rum seriously, as you should, you're probably doing it wrong. The spirit has long been served in shot form or buried in candy-sweet drinks. Enough is enough, as good rum deserves better.

You see, good rum is a lot like good wine. It can be complex, sip-worthy stuff, wildly reflective of the region it was produced in. It's easy to write rum off as a tropical drink and little more, but it's simply not true. The flavor spectrum of the spirit is vast, thanks to variations in production from country to country. A rum may be distilled from a certain type of sugarcane, using one type of still and aged a certain way in the West Indies while one from the Dominican Republic might be made a completely different way.

Read more