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Savory Cornbread Waffles

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Waffles aren’t just for breakfast, you know, nor do they always have to be sweet. They have a secret savory side that’s downright delicious.

We’ve already turned biscuits into waffles, so why not cornbread too?

Turns out cornbread waffles are pretty darn fantastic, if I do say so myself. While maybe not quite as crispy as a traditional buttermilk waffle, they have a tender crumb and nutty flavor that makes for a fabulous savory foundation. I mean, really, anything you’d serve with cornbread you could serve atop these waffles. Our favorite? The chili cheese waffles. With a dollop of sour cream and some fresh cilantro, they are a hearty and satisfying dinner, no question about it.

But these waffles are also great topped with a fried egg and hollandaise sauce or a salad of fresh and spicy greens. You can also mix in various herbs or cheeses into the batter itself for even more flavor.

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Savory Cornmeal Waffles from @loveandoliveoil

Now, let’s take a moment to talk about this waffle maker.

Excuse me. Waffle BAKER.

I’ve used my fair share of waffle makers. I think I’ve owned 3 different models over the years. And this one is leaps and bounds above the rest. The waffles are wonderfully thick and perfectly golden brown. And it makes two waffles at once. I don’t think I need to present any arguments as to why two is better than one.

Just don’t overfill it.

Savory Cornmeal Waffles

Savory waffles are slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside, with a savory cornbread flavor. Top it any number of ways: anything that would go well with a slice of fresh cornbread would go equally as well with these savory cornbread waffles.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  2. Mix in buttermilk, egg yolks, melted butter, and honey until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites until they hold semi-stiff peaks. Fold whites into batter.
  4. Ladle a scant cup of batter into waffle maker, flip and repeat for other side. Cook for about 4 minutes or until waffles are deep golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a baking sheet in a 225ºF oven to keep warm and repeat with remaining batter.

Variations:

Chili Cheese Waffles: Mix 1 cup of shredded cheese into batter prior to cooking. We like a mix of 1/2 cup white cheddar, 1/4 cup manchego, and 1/4 cup grated parmesan. Top with your favorite hearty chili, sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro.

Sunnyside-Up Herb Waffles: Mix 2/3 cup of chopped fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, and chives into waffle batter. Top with a fried or poached egg and drizzle with creamy hollandaise sauce.

Waffles & Greens: Toss fresh arugula, watercress, or other spicy green with a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper. Top each waffle with a handful of greens, crumbled goat cheese, and roasted pistachios.

Chicken & Waffles: A southern favorite! Top waffles with a piece of your favorite crispy fried chicken and a drizzle of raw local honey.

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  1. My favorite waffle creation is a chocolate waffle with fresh strawberries and a dollop of fresh wwhipped cream.

  2. I want to make those cornbread waffles and eat them right now!

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  4. Some classic waffles with syrup, strawberries, and whipped cream!

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  6. My fave waffles are buttermilk with peanut butter-maple syrup on top! This thing is SO COOL! I had no idea it existed and now I have to have it!

  7. Have not made waffles yet, but would love this cornbread ones

  8. This makes me want to dive right in to the world of savory waffles!  

  9. Yum! I would have to say a chocolate waffle…..
    Recently I tried making a waffle with cheese grits — did not work out. My waffle maker is old – everything stuck.

  10. Sourdough waffles are my favorite!

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  13. I haven’t had waffles since I was a kid but I’d love to start trying something with fruit and naturally sweet.

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  17. Blueberry and pecans-in-the-batter waffles are a favorite, but then, being southern,
    I like savory waffles and chicken, too!

  18. I love waffles in combination with peanut butter and bananas! 

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  20. My favorite creation is post thanksgiving cornbread waffles served with cranberry sauce and thanksgiving leftovers for brunch. 

  21. Buttermilk waffles with Nutella, fresh strawberries, and homemade whipped cream, yum. I’m in search of a new waffle recipe, a new waffle iron would be very inspirational!

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  23. My mother’s belgian waffles!

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  28. My fave waffles are pretty boring-they’re crispy, whole wheat, choc chip waffles topped with peanut butter. SOOO GOOOD!

  29. I love plain blueberry waffles.

  30. i have fairly simple tastes–peanut butter and maple syrup are all i need. i did have a bacon waffle with a fried egg on top once that was pretty amazing.

  31. belgian waffles, definitely :D

  32. A simple blueberry waffle!

  33. What?! I didn’t even know there WERE waffle makers that made two at the same time! 

  34. I had a waffled chocolate chip cookie thing once that was pretty fantastic. I’ve never had a waffle maker, so I’d love to try and recreate it!

  35. I like both sweet and savory waffles, and I have definitely have had them for dinner before! The toppings for me determine the outcome.

  36. sweet potato waffles and fried chicken! yuuummmmm!

  37. peanut butter waffles with peanut butter and jelly on top

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  39. Simple breakfast waffles with lots of butter and real maple syrup but those cornbread waffles look amazing! I WILL be trying those this weekend!

  40. Chocolate waffles w/ peanut butter and maple syrup. Or with ice cream.

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  42. I’ll always take a sweet waffle over savory any day! My favorite is with butter, syrup and mixed fruit on top! Yummy!

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  47. Beer Cheddar Waffles top with sour cream & prosciutto

  48. Well, I think I’ll have to try your chili-topped cornbread waffle idea!

  49. I love overnight yeast waffles. 

  50. never having actually owned a waffle-maker/iron/baker I have to admit I lack a creation other than drenching them in maple syrup

  51. I love waffles with any nut butter on them!!

  52. Old fashioned blueberry waffles with butter! 

  53. Chicken and waffles drenched in homemade gravy — *NOM*

  54. Although I have not thought about savory waffles before, my mind jumped right to cornbeef hash on cornbread waffles.

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  57. I love a classic waffle with fresh strawberries and real maple syrup! Although, I’m pretty sure I’d love a waffle with some scoops of vanilla ice cream too… :)

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  64. I love them with butter and fresh strawberries!  We are having company this weekend and I am already planning to make waffles – I have been craving them big time.

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  66. I prefer a classic waffle: buttermilk waffles topped with real maple syrup, whipped cream and strawberries. Yum!

  67. I am a plain jane! Just a little butter and real maple syrup :) or maybe strawberries in the spring

  68. I love waffles with peanut butter and honey!

  69. fave waffles are with plain yogurt, blueberries, and maple syrup!

  70. I want one of these so badly! I have wanted one for a very long time. PLEASE, PLEASE !

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  73. Stuffed French Toast Waffles!

  74. i like my waffles classic: sweet and topped with berries and whipped cream!

  75. Wow, so many great waffle options, but two I love right now: 
    1. Made vegan style, with whole wheat flour. Surprisingly good, moist, and just as easy. 
    2. With toasted pecans on top. 

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  77. My favorite waffle creation is chocolate chips and pecans.  Old school, waffle house style!

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  81. I’m always a fan of a traditional waffle with strawberries and whip cream. But I also like creating a sweet potato waffle to be more on the savory side with some brown sugar and cinnamon.

  82. I have always done traditional waffles, but reading your blog about cornbread waffles is making me hungry and I just finished breakfast.  oh my I would love to win this and be able to try those.

  83. My favorite is a cinnamon sugar waffle with vanilla whipped cream, strawberries, and fudge sauce.

  84. LOVE LOVE LOVE,  peanut butter waffles for hubby, classic for me, and chocolate chip with strawberry’s and whip cream for my girls….. 

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  92. My favorite waffle creation is to take chocolate or vanilla cake batter, make four or five waffles, stack them, and pour syrup over them with a pat of icing butter for a fun and creative cake!!

  93. I would love to try the cornmeal waffles. I have always  made traditional waffles so I’d venture for more adventurous types!

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