Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so the old adage goes. And yeah, it’s important. It fuels you and helps you power through until lunch. And the best tasting foods always seem to end up on the table in the early morning hours, sandwiched between cups of coffee and glasses of milk.
These days, however, there isn’t always time for a nice, sit-down breakfast. I wake up at 5:45, get Abby up at 6:15 and am out the door by 7:00. If I stopped to eat breakfast, it’d throw my entire morning routine into a tail-spin. Sure, it’d be nice for all of us to stop rushing around for once. To stop and smell the roses and just relax with a cup of tea over a plate of hot pancakes and crisp bacon. The reality of that is unlikely.
Instead, we have breakfast for dinner nights. It gives us a change to munch on our favorite foods while still getting the family time in. We’re awake. We’ve been awake for hours and our eyes are actually open. I can think coherently enough to make homemade waffles and pancakes.
A few nights ago, I took that a step further and made savory waffles. Chive, cheddar and bacon waffles. The combination was explosive. Everyone was skeptical, myself included. Waffles are sweet and drenched in syrup or sugar or berries. Adding a savory element, like cheddar, seemed foreign. The results were great. The crunch of the bacon made for a great texture peppered in with the soft, doughy waffle. The cheddar added an extra saltiness. I topped mine with a little syrup, since I love the sweet/savory combo.
What would you put on yours?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 2 Tbsp. white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1½ cups milk
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- ½ cup cheddar cheese
- 6 strips crisp bacon, crumbled
- 1 to 2 Tbsp. freshly chopped chives
- Preheat your waffle maker.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, cheese, bacon and chives.
- In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk and butter.
- Pour the wet mixture over top of the dry and mix until just combined.
- Ladle the batter onto your waffle maker, ⅓ cup in each slot.
- Cook 7 to 10 minutes until golden and just crisp.