And that’s a good thing because September is National Waffle Month, and therefore, waffles are the theme for this month’s Foodie Extravaganza!
But guess what? Contrary to popular belief, waffles aren’t just for breakfast any more!
A quick Google search turns up tons of recipes for savory waffles … and my cheddar and jalapeno waffles fit right in!
Adapted from Martha Stewart, my savory cheddar and jalapeno waffles are buttery, cheesy, and spicy — and they’re the perfect base for that classic soul food dish, chicken and waffles.
While the origin of this unique dish has never been fully confirmed, what I do know is that fried chicken and waffles are two foods that were destined to end up together. Add in some cheddar and jalapeno to the waffle, and you have a genuine finger-lickin’ delicacy. Top said chicken and waffles with a drizzle of honey and Tabasco? Now you have the ultimate dinner dish made with one of the ultimate breakfast foods.
How can you go wrong with that?
Now, my cheddar and jalapeno waffles are also great for breakfast too. Topped with crunchy bacon and drizzled with maple syrup, they’ll easily be the star of your next Sunday breakfast or brunch.
So, whether you make them for breakfast or dinner … just make them!
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup coarse yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ cups low-fat buttermilk
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 large jalapeno, minced
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, and stir until combined (the batter will be a bit thick). Add the oil and butter, then whisk together for a few minutes until the oil and butter is incorporated and batter is smooth. Stir in the cheese and jalapenos.
- Heat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once the waffle iron is ready, ladle ½ to ¾ cup batter into the waffle iron, and cook until waffles are golden brown.
- Place waffles in a 200-degree oven to keep warm while you make the rest.
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