Bacon-Cheddar Gluten-Free Waffles Recipe

A savory dinner waffle, that’s chock-full of smoky, delicious flavors, and will totally wow everyone at the table! Bacon Cheddar Gluten-Free Waffles Recipe -- A savory dinner waffle, that's chock-full of smoky, delicious flavors, and will totally wow everyone at the table! For dinner!?

Yes, for dinner!  And not just because my kids thought it was a “totally awesome” idea. (Go figure.)

These divine, savory waffles are generously packed with melting cheddar cheese, perfect bites of smoky bacon, and ever-so-slightly, crunchy scallions.  Imagine a little of that deliciousness in each and every bite — all encased in a super tasty, subtly smoky and rich batter, that’s crisped to perfection. Bacon Cheddar Gluten-Free Waffles Recipe -- A savory dinner waffle, that's chock-full of smoky, delicious flavors, and will totally wow everyone at the table! Dinner, indeed.

And now imagine, if you will, drizzling a bit of maple syrup over these beauties for brunch.

I know, right!?

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Bacon-Cheddar Gluten-Free Waffles Recipe
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Makes 8 to 9 waffles and serves about 4
  • 5 strips applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 cup finely chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup bacon fat (from cooking the bacon - see recipe step 3)
  • about 1 tablespoon olive oil (see recipe step 3)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 1¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I like Trader Joe's or Bob's Red Mill brands)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • a few turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups grated mild cheddar cheese
  • about 2 teaspoons unsalted butter for the waffle maker
  1. Cover a large plate with a double layer of paper towels and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium heat, until it's golden and crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Use kitchen tongs to remove the strips and place them on the paper towel-lined plate to drain. Turn off the heat, but leave the bacon fat in the pan! Add the scallions and mix to blend.
  3. Once the bacon is cool enough to touch, roughly chop it and add it back to the pan and mix. Place a strainer over a bowl or large measuring beaker and then pour the contents of the pan into it. We want to drain the bacon fat and then measure ¼ cup of it for the recipe. (There should be enough, but if not, add olive oil to it until it equals ¼ cup.) Then add the 1 tablespoon of olive to it also.
  4. Pour the ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of bacon fat and olive oil into a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and milk and whisk until blended. Set aside.
  5. In another mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free flour with the baking powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Once it's evenly blended, add it to the wet ingredients and mix until it's smooth.
  6. Fold in the bacon-onion mixture, garlic and cheese, and gently mix until all of the ingredients are evenly blended.
  7. With a bit of the butter for each batch, if it's not non-stick, add the batter to the waffle iron, using it according to the manufacturers instructions. (Mine if fairly standard and uses about ⅓ cup batter per waffle.)
  8. Let the waffles cool on a cooling rack and then serve!


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  1. says

    Mark has been asking for waffles a lot lately… Maybe I should give in, and make these! I much prefer Savory waffles over sweet ones. Thanks, Valentina!

  2. B says

    Do you have any suggestions of what to serve with the waffles?
    Thinking of having them for dinner today.
    I love the pictures, they look so good.

    • valentina says

      Hi there! I served them with a big green salad. I think something light like steamed green beans or broccoli — something to brighten the meal. 🙂 ENJOY!

  3. says

    I love these! I keep seeing all these wonderful waffle recipes that we finally bought ourselves a waffle iron but we had to return it because it wasn’t cooking evenly 🙁 I was so sad. We’ll need to invest in a better brand I think. Then I will be on a waffle marathon! This will be one of the first I’m going to try (who doesn’t love waffles for dinner??)

    • valentina says

      Hi Jolina! I hope you find a waffle make you like — Mine is Chef’s Choice and makes 2 Belgian-style waffles at once. Simple and good. Hope you love these once you give them a go. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  4. Carmela Carrillo says

    I absolutely loved this recipe !! I made it for brunch two weeks ago and Im making tonite for dinner adding some chicken on the side .

    • valentina says

      Hi Carmela, Thanks so much for letting me know you love this recipe! It’s definitely one of our favorites, too. Chicken on the side sounds perfect! 🙂 Enjoy!

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