When Think Tasty was a very young publication, I posted a recipe for Mom’s Wonderful Waffles. As I explained then, my children’s first experience with waffles was homemade. They didn’t encounter a frozen, boxed waffle until later in their childhood. Now that they are teens, they tend to find pleasure in eating frozen, boxed waffles. I’m not sure how this is possible, but it does make a quick breakfast before heading to the bus stop. As there are far greater things of which I could be concerned, I have acquiesced and keep these cardboard-like items in our freezer.
While they may have gone to the darkside of waffles, they do still enjoy a homemade waffle for breakfast. On a lazy Sunday morning, I enjoy making a bigbreakfast for all of us, and one of the options is waffles. For myself, the addition of blueberries is enough to make a waffle interesting and filling. However, for both my husband and 16 year old, a waffle isn’t enough to satisfy their appetites, which led to this recipe.
Rather than serving them homemade waffles with bacon on the side, I decided to incorporate the bacon into the waffle. As I poured the batter and sprinkled it with bacon and cheddar, I wondered what the results would be. Would the cheese ooze out and stick to the top of the waffle maker? Would the bacon create a greasy waffle? The result yielded neither of those possibilities. Served with a poached egg on top, this breakfast was a hit for both of the guys.
Of course, I didn’t think to take a picture before announcing that the waffles were ready. Thus, instead of an image of the Bacon-Cheddar Waffle, we have simply a plain waffle. As the lack of a photo should demonstrate, they were devoured and thoroughly enjoyed.
batter for 1 batch of Mom’s Wonderful Waffles
bacon, cooked until crisp
sharp cheddar, shredded
Preheat waffle maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
Chop bacon finely. (If there are chewy pieces, I would leave those for eating separately, as the crispy bacon held up better in the waffle.) Chop chives as finely as (or slightly more than) the bacon.
When heated spray both top and bottom sections of the waffle maker with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter for one waffle onto waffle maker, using slightly less than normal. Sprinkle approximately 2 tablespoons of bacon on batter. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of cheddar on batter. Add chives, if desired. Cook waffle according to manufacturer’s directions.
Remove immediately and serve with desired toppings. For those who prefer savory items, a poached or over easy egg works well. For those who like the contrast of sweet and salty, butter and syrup make a fine finishing touch.