Savory Breakfast Waffles!
With all the hype around brunch, we rarely see savory pancakes and waffles. We’re fans of all things salty and crunchy so it’s no wonder when we decided to make something special for breakfast (and share it here eventually!) we landed on these Ham & Cheese Waffles almost immediately. It’s like someone hit us over the head and said: “break out the waffle maker!”
We hadn’t used our waffle maker since we made Chocolate Chip Waffles (using cacao nibs for added fiber and flavor) for our Breakfast in Five ecookbook. They were a huge success but the waffle maker got lost in our cupboards for some odd reason. Well, we dusted it off, greased it liberally (learned our lesson the hard way…) and started testing out some waffle batter!
Savory recipes always call for something umami – and for us, that was ham. We purchased a ham steak from our local grocer instead of those presliced deli-style packages. He said, “they all pretty much contain some form of sugar” when asked which brand adds the least. We decided since we’re only using 1 oz. for the two of us, it couldn’t hurt. As for cheese, what better pairing than a classic cheddar? We buy ours in block form, choosing to grate it ourselves. You get a fresher product and one that’s not covered in cornstarch to prevent clumping.
To top it all off, we fried an egg in butter for extra crispiness and garnished everything with paprika and fresh basil leaves.
A few tips to help your waffles stay moist!
- Don’t skimp on the butter! It really makes a difference. Water will evaporate right out during cooking leaving you with a dry mess. Butter makes everything better. If you’ll be omitting the fried egg on top, substitute with a tablespoon of butter on top. Read why in the next bullet point.
- Speaking of the egg, leaving the yolk nice and runny will add even more moisture to the waffles when broken. It’s a good thing!
- Be gentle when folding in your egg whites. A common mistake is being too rough and deflating the egg whites causing a denser and tougher waffle.
- Do NOT overcook your waffles! You can have the best batter in the world but an overcooked waffle is a sad waffle. Take care to cook only until it’s lightly golden. The residual heat will continue to cook each waffle once it’s out of the waffle maker.
If you have any tips on how you keep your waffles moist, let us know in the comments below! We’ll add them to our list. 🙂
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