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. Dinner, indeed.
And now imagine, if you will, drizzling a bit of maple syrup over these beauties for brunch.
I know, right!?
- 5 strips applewood smoked bacon
- 1 cup finely chopped scallions
- 1/4 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
- 1 3/4 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
- 3/4 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
Cover a large plate with a double layer of paper towels and set aside.
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.
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 1/4 cup of it for the recipe. (There should be enough, but if not, add olive oil to it until it equals 1/4 cup.) Then add the 1 tablespoon of olive to it also.
Pour the 1/4 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.
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.
Fold in the bacon-onion mixture, garlic and cheese, and gently mix until all of the ingredients are evenly blended.
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 1/3 cup batter per waffle.)
Let the waffles cool on a cooling rack and then serve!