Sunday, February 10, 2013

Savory (Cornbread, Chorizo, Cheddar & Scallion) Waffles

So, waffle irons aren't just for waffles anymore, according to Pinterest.  You can use them as a panini press, use them to make:  cookies, refrigerated cinnamon buns, hash browns.   Even burgers can be waffle-ized.  Check out this website for 30 answers to the question....Will It Waffle?  Leftover macaroni & cheese waffles? Yes, please.

I didn't get that adventurous today.  I made savory cornbread, chorizo, cheddar & scallion waffles.  Notch was very interested in this.  Very.  Interested.  If you don't have a waffle iron, you can easily make these into griddle cakes, or bake in a cornbread pan.  

I have been trying to improve on my photography (using that term loosely, working with just a cell phone).  In attempts to take advantage of natural light, I positioned a stool in the corner near the windows.  All Notch was aware of was, "Food is somewhere that it's usually not. Why?  Can I eat it?  Is this for dogs?"  
No.  Sorry buddy.  I love you dearly.  Now GET!  He ran upstairs, but his eye was still on the prize!

I modified my go-to cornbread recipe; I reduced the amount of sugar, omitted the salt (chorizo & cheddar have enough salt for our tastes), reduced the amount of egg used, and added more milk to produce a thinner batter.  **note**  If you are going to bake this in the oven, you'll want the thicker batter, use just 1 cup of milk, as opposed to the 2 cups directed below.  

Simply Scratch recently posted a recipe for bacon & cheddar waffles.  Those would be great with sweetened with syrup.  These?  Nope.  Full on savory grilled cheese waffles.  

I had some leftover chili in the freezer for S to have with his sandwiches.  Pickles & olives are good with me.  I did share with Notch...just a taste.  I know. I know, but he was looking through my soul with THOSE EYES!

The next day....can you say egg and cheese, please?  They were even better than the night before as a late breakfast/early lunch, with a cuppa tea. 

Savory Waffles (Cornbread, Chorizo, Cheddar & Scallion)
makes 10 waffles

1 cup flour
1cup cornmeal
1 TBS sugar
1 TBS baking powder
1 egg beaten
2 c milk  **see note above**

Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, and baking powder.  Add eggs and milk, stir until combined without over mixing.  Set batter aside.

Savory Waffles

Cornbread batter
1 cup chorizo, grated or finely chopped 
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 scallions, finely chopped, greens and white sections

Fold chorizo, cheddar, and scallion into cornbread batter.  Heat waffle maker to manufacturer's recommendations, grease if necessary.  Pour 1/4-1/3 cups into each section, close the cover and cook for 3-5 minutes until the edges are set.  Cool on a wired rack.  

Use as bread for grilled cheese, or other grilled sandwiches, or toast and top with chili & cheese.



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