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Any ideas on homemade savory waffles? I recently was gifted a wonderful Belgium waffle maker and I'd like to expand its versatility to include savory waffles (maybe by pairing it with a homemade soup)?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I don't have a waffle iron, but made the Michael Chiarello white bean waffles into pancakes, and topped them with hollandaise. I loved them.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mi...

    1. These are good with chili, fried chicken or Chicken a la King, for a throwback brunch and really quick to make:

      1 3/4 cups cornmeal
      3/4 cup AP flour
      1 tablespoon baking powder, yes, 1 tablespoon
      1 scant teaspoon salt
      1 tablespoon sugar, optional
      1 large egg
      1 1/2 cups milk
      1 cup canned or frozen cream-style corn, or homemade creamed corn
      1 small can (4 ounces) chopped mild green chile peppers, undrained
      1 scant teaspoon dried or fresh thyme, optional
      Hot sauce, to taste, optional

      In a medium bowl, combine meal, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar, if using. In other bowl, whisk eggs with milk then stir in corn and chile peppers. Combine the two mixtures, stirring just until blended.
      Bake in a preheated, oiled waffle iron until crisp, following manufacturers' basic directions. Makes about five 6-inch Belgian style waffles with 4 sections each, or about 12 to 14 standard 4-inch waffles.

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      1. re: bushwickgirl

        We had your cornmeal waffles topped with chili for dinner. They were excellent.

        I used white whole wheat flour instead of the all-purpose and substituted cilantro for the thyme.

        For topping them we had a choice of leftover chili rojo and the pork chili verde that's in the current (Feb 2011) issue of Bon Appetit http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo....

        Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

        1. re: rainey

          Oh , you're welcome, I was surprised to see this thread pop up. I'm glad you like them, and I think the subs you made were great. Thank's for the epi link as well; I saved the pork chili verde recipe to my recipe file list.

      2. If it were me, I'd just make them with whole wheat flour or white whole wheat and serve them with this wild mushroom sauce. It's beyond merely delicious! http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

        Oh, and eliminate any sugar of course.

        1. Thanks for all the great tips (and for three new dinner ideas)!

          Jvanderh: This sounds really creative. I don't like hollandaise a whole lot; do you have alternative sauce ideas that would pair well with the waffle flavors?

          Bushwickgirl: I really like this idea to pair with chili. Do you think I could use a can of corn kernels or does it have to be creamed corn?

          Rainey, I noticed that polenta with mushroom sauce recipe as well in the LA Times last week, and was wondering how it tasted. Your endorsement has me wanting to give it a try! I've bookmarked it to try soon.

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          1. re: kermit

            I'm sure you can sub drained canned or defrosted frozen corn or cooked fresh corn, in season, but up the fat a bit with some melted butter folded in, maybe a tablespoon or two. You may need to increase the milk just a bit but wait til the batter's mixed and see how thick it is.
            Enjoy you new waffle iron, what a nice gift!!

            1. re: kermit

              That's a good question. That mushroom sauce sounds pretty good-- I'd prob sub thyme for rosemary-- other than that, it sounds like pretty compatible flavors. I actually liked the heavy richness of the sauce-- so if you're not opposed to a heavy sauce, maybe I'd just do a cream/stock white sauce seasoned with thyme (and maybe some sauteed onions and garlic if you're feeling brave).

              If you're looking for something healthy. . . eh. . . tzatziki's good on everything, right? I make mine usually with sauteed onions and garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a sour cream or yogurt base. Sometimes I add olive oil. (Maybe I should stop calling that tzatziki, but in any case it's delicious)

              1. re: jvanderh

                The mushroom sauce is really fabulous. And while it does use a couple tablespoons of olive oil and have a robust "meaty" flavor, nutritionally it's really very sensible: 95 cal and 5mg of fat only 1 of which is saturated.

                BTW, when I made mine I added a couple tablespoons of oil packed sun-dried tomatoes coarsely chopped in addition to the tomato paste (oops! more fat). I liked that it added additional flavor and some color and I'm making it a permanent part of the recipe I'm storing on my database.

                1. re: rainey

                  That's ok. I recently read a blog post by someone who thought,maybe that eating more fat in the morning helped her feel full/lose weight. That was pretty much all the convincing I needed :-D

            2. "Waffles From Morning To Midnight" is a great cookbook with lots of savory ideas. Love that book.

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              1. re: scuzzo

                I second that suggestion. My hubby loves to make the curried couscous waffles with red bell pepper dip - he substitutes goat cheese for the cottage cheese in the dip recipe. Yum!

              2. If I were experimenting...I might try adding well drained spinach, smoked gouda and bacon.

                1. Bobby Flay has a really good wild rice waffle, I think on the FN site.

                  1. Here are a few threads with great savory ideas:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/482421
                    New Invention - Low-Carb Chicken Waffles

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/446954
                    Eggplant on the waffle maker! Try it

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/642488
                    Ecce Scuzzo! More hot-weather meals on the waffle maker

                    1. among our favorite savory waffles is this straightforward adaptation of our regular batter--

                      substitute corn flour for half the ap flour
                      steep a handful of thyme sprigs in the milk for an hour before making the batter (discard the thyme, then.)

                      one can add all sorts of flavors to the waffles by infusing the milk. i have shied away from garlic for fear of transferring that pungency to the iron itself--tho this might be too cautious.

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                      1. I read somewhere that you can cook mochi in a waffle iron. Now, I haven't tried this, but I imagine it could be really tasty with say, miso soup or other Asian style soups or stews. In fact, I have some leftover bison braise, done in a Japanese style with daikon, etc. I might just have to dig through the freezer for that mochi I know is in there somewhere...

                        I'm guessing it'll be a good idea to have the iron well coated in oil, or clean up could get pretty messy and gooey.

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                        1. I dream about a whole wheat waffle topped with avocodo, hummus and hot chili oil. AMAZING meal, in 2004.

                          1. Waffle pizza is a big savory hit in our home.
                            Make a standard waffle batter and add 1 small clove of crushed garlic, a pinch of dried oregano and brush the waffle iron with olive oil before pouring the batter in.

                            Once your waffles are prepared top as you would a homemade pizza.
                            Hit oven to 325 and bake until cheese is bubbly.

                            With a slight change to your batter add ins and toppings you can easily create Tex Mex waffles.

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