Saturday, May 19, 2012

BLT Waffles

Savory or sweet? This is the age-old question that has plagued breakfasters for centuries. I often find myself struggling. Hmmm, the pancakes sound good and they come with eggs and bacon... or I could get the Greek hash with feta and spinach and toast... wait, why does the waffle stand alone??? Pancakes get sides why not waffles? WHY? Don't get me started on brunch where delicious entrees are thrown onto a menu alongside crepes and cheesecake. Breakfast is a hard meal for the indecisive.

The other night after a long workday, Jeff and I wanted breakfast.

I like making breakfast for dinner. My college roommates and I called it "brinner." Brinner meant a late-night meal of beer, pancakes or waffles and bacon. Brinner nights were good.

They still  are good. I can't say they are better now- there is something nostalgic about flipping pancakes while sipping generic beer. Brinner is different now, but still great.

So what was it to be, sweet or savory?

I went savory, turning a lunch classic into a breakfast item and serving it up for dinner.

We start with the waffles.

Cornmeal adds density to these waffles, making them perfect for a hearty meal.

All these waffles need is a dollop of mayonnaise, the B,  the L, and the T.

Make these for brinner and eat leftovers the next morning.

BLT Waffles
(makes 4 large waffles)
8 slices of bacon, cooked 
1 tomato, thinly sliced
4 large leaves of green leaf lettuce
3/4 c AP flour
3/4 c cornmeal
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon chopped chives 
2 eggs
1 c buttermilk
1/3 c vegetable oil
cheddar cheese, shredded

1. In a large bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, soda, and pepper
2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and to it add eggs, buttermilk and oil, whisk until just combined; fold in chives
3. Allow batter to rest for 10 minutes (like with cornbread- this time will allow the cornmeal to absorb some of the liquid)
4. Pre-heat and grease waffle iron
5. Pour batter onto prepared iron and sprinkle with cheddar cheese, cook as directed
6. Repeat process with remaining batter (make sure to re-grease your iron with pan spray before making each waffle)
7. Top with mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce and tomato

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