BELGIAN WAFFLE BRUNCH IDEAS
I'm planning a smallish get together (around 8-10 people), this weekend to break in my new Belgian waffle iron and just needed some ideas on what to serve with the waffles besides the usual maple syrup. I'd like to keep it as uncomplicated as possible and not planning on making anything besides the waffles (ie, no eggs, meats), but will likely have fruit. Any ideas on how to have an "elegant-looking" brunch while keeping it simple at the same time?
Ok this may sound weird, but bear with me for a sec.....I know you weren't planning on making any meats, but my husband makes me waffles with bits of crisp cooked bacon thrown into the batter.
If you're the type to dump syrup on your bacon/sausage, then you will love it.
To make it workable for your party, you can fry up a pound of bacon beforehand and crumble it up into a bowl. That way people can add it to their waffle before its cooked on the iron.
Everyone's given me some great ideas--thank you!
I love bacon so I actually am considering using your idea about putting some into the batter. When I was a little kid, I used to pile a few slices of bacon between waffles to make a waffle sandwich, along with the whip cream, strawberries and syrup!
If you can find Dorie Greenspan's Waffles from morning to midnight, there are a lot of great ideas in it--things like pizza waffles or using waffles like bread. I'd add some salty food, eg., ham and/or cheese, because it could get too sweet w/ all those sweetened toppings. I like peanut butter on my waffles.
I don't know if you have a waffle recipe already but my very good Belgian friend recently threw a party for the Belgian national holiday (in July) and served these waffles, which are her grandmother's recipe. Everyone was begging her to write it down. Here's the waffle recipe:
1.1 lbs (500g) selfrising flour
17 oz (0.5 liter) milk
0.44 lbs (200g) sugar
0.33 lbs (150g) butter
First stir the flour, milk and egg yolks
Then add the previously melted butter (you can do that in a sauce pan) to this mixture, stir, then the sugar, stir, and then finally add in the beaten egg whites (do this beforehand with a mixer, make it very foamy), stir again
Heat your waffle iron and add in some of the dough (it will be very fluid). Don't add in too much because the dough will spread in the iron. Bake them light brown.
Concur on a little protein... Could offer cottage cheese - plain or sweetened w/ sugar and cinnamon
Ricotta is also a good protein source and sweeten by mashing with sugar or honey and optionally vanilla and/or cinnamon
Perhaps a PB sauce a la Friendly's
Stewed rhubarb... just rhubarb cooked down in water with sugar and cinnamon then mashed
I's offer a few savory options as well such as...
honey ham cubes or smoked sausage (good w/ maple syrup)
and um... vanilla ice cream???
It's fig season, so the first thing that popped into my head was figs poached in port or sherry. Just spoon onto the waffle and serve with a not-too-sweetened whip cream or a spoonful of mascarpone.
If your guests are more adventurous, you could also try strawberries macerated in a good-quality balsamic with shredded fresh basil.
Set up a condiments station for your guests much along the same idea as the mashed potatoe bars at functions are set up... lots of toppings in bowls and let your guests choose.
Cut up all kinds of fruits (in season) berries, peaches, nectarines, figs, dated, plums etc...
Fresh whipped cream (add a touch of vanilla/sugar)
Toasted/salted pecans or
Pure Maple Syrup for those die hard traditionalists
Strawberries with sauce (frozen berries mixed with sugar/water allow to defrost)
Sweetened Ricotta Cheese
The ideas are endless really- makes me want to invest in a Belgiun Waffle maker and invite over tons of people for a party!