Change up your typical waffle recipe with this savory combination of diced jalapeno peppers and homemade beer cheese (which is super easy to make), all topped with extra melted cheese, diced tomato and avocado. A breakfast or brunch lovers dream, but great for a quick dinner, too!
If you are a fan of breakfasts or brunch that fall on the savory side, you're going to LOVE this recipe. It was a bit of a revelation to me and a happy accident that I must give Patty credit for. The story is this - Patty and I allowed ourselves to wake up slowly over the weekend. We eventually found ourselves downstairs in the kitchen, allowing the sun from our sunroom wake the tired bones, and the conversation inevitably turned to food.
"So what are we eating today?" I asked. "I can make a lot of things, you know."
"How about that new waffle maker?" Patty said.
Dang! I forgot we had one. We had received one for Christmas, but it was still in the box and I had no idea how to use it. Nervous! Turns out there was nothing to be nervous about, as making waffles in a waffle iron is as simple as can be, but as I was stirring together the basic waffle batter, Patty chimed in with an idea.
"Hey, let's make savory waffles."
I was a taken by surprise. "You want me to get all savory crazy with waffles on the first try? When I haven't even made them the regular way yet? Don't you think we should perfect the basics, first?"
Patty flashed me that look she's been giving me the last 20+ years, the one that makes me do anything. "Come on. You can do it."
And viola! Savory Jalapeno-Beer Cheese Waffles were born. Yo! Check them out!
Who'd-a-thunk you could so easily stir other ingredients into waffle batter and make that batter AWESOME? It makes sense, really, and sure, I would have gotten around to it eventually, but because it was so simple, I think you'll be seeing a lot more savory waffle recipes coming your way from Chili Pepper Madness in the future. This will make Patty VERY HAPPY.
Being a chilihead, of course I knew I was going to add a spicy element, jalapeno peppers in this case. So many chili peppers would work for your savory waffle mix, depending on your preferred level of heat. I also shook in a healthy portion of my homemade Cajun seasonings (Note to self - get that on the site soon!) - think cayenne, paprika, bit of garlic, oregano, salt, pepper.
BUT! So lucky for us, we also had some leftover beer cheese from this recipe we had recently posted - How to Make Creamy Beer Cheese - Recipe. Oh baby!
Yep, that went in there. Dang, it was a serious no-brainer to add in a bit of beer cheese, which we also used to drizzle over the top of the waffles when they were ready. You really should try to make your own beer cheese because it's about as crazy-easy as making waffles at home, but if you're looking for a shortcut, use shredded cheese. Monterey jack, pepper jack, even cheddar or colby will do you just fine. Just mix up all those ingredients in your waffle batter and proceed to make waffles.
Also, don't forget the toppings. Live it up a little! Make it look pretty and inviting! I sliced up some extra jalapeno peppers - roasted would have been great here, too - along with diced tomato and avocado. The toppings add one more tasty layer of flavor to the final dish.
Just How Easy is it to Make Waffles?
Did I mention making waffles with a waffle maker is easy? Yep. It really is. Obviously follow your waffle maker instructions, as each maker is going to be slightly different, but breaking it down, this is how you make basic waffles:
- Preheat your waffle iron.
- Beat together your eggs and other wet ingredients.
- Mix your dry ingredients together then stir them into the wet ingredients. Keep the batter a bit lumpy.
- Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray, then pour in your measured waffle batter. Close the lid.
- Cook anywhere from 2-4 minutes, until the waffle maker beeps and tells you the waffles are done.
- Enjoy your waffles!
See? You can do this easily. Savory waffles are just as easy. Heck, if I can do this on the first try, I'm sure you can, too! So yeah, what's your favorite savory waffle combination?
NOTE: This is the waffle maker we own (Affiliate link, my friends! FYI!) - Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel.
Patty's Perspective: Right now, waffles in my world are like bacon. You just can't get enough. Now that we've made these, I want waffles for every meal, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Waffles, waffles, waffles. I can't wait to experiment!
Savory Jalapeno-Beer Cheese Waffles – Recipe
- 2 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 8 tablespoons melted butter (1/2 cup)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup Homemade Beer Cheese + more for serving
- 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning blend
- For serving: diced avocado, jalapeno, tomato
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk and melted butter.
- Add the ½ cup beer cheese, jalapeno peppers and Cajun seasoning blend.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until nearly smooth; it’s OK if it is still lumpy.
- Spray your waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray and preheat it according to your model’s instructions.
- Pour in the waffle mix as needed and cook 2-4 minutes, until cooked to your desired brownness.
- Remove and set onto a plate. Drizzle with beer cheese and top with your fixings.
This makes 6 waffles with my waffle maker, which makes Belgian style, 7 inch waffles that are nice and thick. Your amounts and cooking times may vary, so please follow your waffle iron instructions.