Update: I was excited to learn that The Huffington Post featured this recipe in its “20 Sweet and Savory Breakfast Treats!”
Who doesn’t love waffles? At this time of year Brussels sprouts are among us, so save the berries and whipped cream for the summer, and make savory waffles with ham, cheddar and Brussels sprouts, instead. Sounds a bit different — and they are — but they’re delicious and perfect for a special family breakfast or holiday brunch.
Three cheers for waffles
I made savory waffles with our new waffle iron. Brussels sprouts are all around us this time of year, and I love them. I figured they’d be a good addition to savory waffles. Toss in the ham and cheese, and voilà! Serve savory waffles with ham, cheddar and Brussels sprouts with maple syrup or honey mustard sauce. I made the honey mustard sauce but I liked them better with the maple syrup.
Surprise times three
You may have seen a rant (or two, or three) on the site about the fact that my cupboards are filled to capacity. No joke. It’s one of the things that drives me nuts about having too much stuff all the wonderful cooking tools I have.
I completely surprised myself the other day when I suggested to my husband that we stop at Costco. We have a membership, but we never shop there. Not much of a reason for the two of us. Of course when we DO pop in, we come home with all sorts of goodies and things we totally don’t need. You know what I’m talking about.
I surprised myself a second time while at Costco, and suggested to my husband that we buy a replacement waffle iron for the one we have that just makes okay waffles. I’m pretty sure he thought aliens had taken over my body. I hate buying replacements to things that are “fine” and without serious flaw, plus a new gadget might require a smidge more space in the cupboards.
The hubs was thrilled, aliens or not. He loves waffles. Surprise number three: we left Costco without too much extra stuff – no 24 pack of pomegranates. No ginormous tub of Twizzlers. And no frozen packages of pierogies that could feed much of Pittsburgh.
Recipe for Savory Waffles with Ham, Cheddar and Brussels Sprouts
Yields: 8 waffles
Savory Waffles with Ham, Cheddar and Brussels Sprouts
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 3 ounces precooked ham, cut into slices or cut into small cubes
- 4 Brussels sprouts, cleaned, stems removed and cut into small slices
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- Nonstick cooking spray for your waffle iron
- Spray your waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and turn it on to preheat it.
- Add the olive oil to a sauté pan over medium heat. When it’s hot, add the sliced Brussels sprouts and cook until they soften and begin to caramelize, just slightly (about 3-4 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and melted butter. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend until incorporated. Add salt and pepper to season.
- Add the ham, cheese and Brussels sprouts to the batter, and gently mix together.
- When the waffle iron is hot, ladle the batter so it fills the wells in the iron, but make sure it doesn’t overflow. Cook until desired doneness and serve hot with maple syrup or honey mustard sauce.