I love waffles. I never realized how much I love them until I received the ultimate waffle maker. Katie gifted me with this fabulous beauty for my birthday this year.
I always coveted the fancy flippy Belgian waffle makers in restaurants and hotels. Now I have one of my very own and use it weekly. I thought people were kidding when I read reviews online saying that they make waffles everyday. Really? Well, Katie eats a waffle almost every day. A quarter of one, at least. They make a great snack. Just heat them on a low setting in your toaster to re-crisp. I make a batch on the weekend and freeze them. Individually wrapped and placed in a freezer bag, they stay fresh for at least a month or two. Although, we go through them pretty quickly. I made a big batch to send to Katie’s work for a breakfast function her department was hosting. All she had to do to re-heat them was place them directly on the oven racks of a pre-heated oven for five minutes and they were good to go. I heard a lot of the food was left over, but all of the waffles disappeared!
I’ve made whole grain waffles and chocolate chip waffles. On Valentine’s Day I made chocolate waffles and served them with a scoop of Hagen Daz Vanilla ice cream and warm cherry sauce on top. But our favorite waffles are the spicy savory kind. They don’t need topping at all! I’ve added a few extras to the recipe that came with my waffle maker and they are soooo good. Try it and you be the judge.
Spicy Cornmeal Cheddar Waffles
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup cornmeal
1 1/3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 2/3 cup milk or non-dairy milk (I use soy)
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 serrano pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 – 3 tablespoons soyrizo
In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, cheese, baking powder, sugar salt and cayenne pepper. In another bowl combine milk, eggs and oil. Add liquid to dry ingredients; mix gently unitl moistened. Gently fold in the remaining savory ingredients.
Cook in a preheated waffle maker according to instructions. They are usually done in about 3 ½ to 4 minutes.