Bacon and Cheddar Waffles

I love a good brunch, it seems there’s something for everyone: piles of pancakes with syrup for the children, croissants, eggs, bacon, toast, roasted potatoes …. there’s something for everyone. And eating without having to rush off somewhere is probably the best part of enjoying such a glorious meal.

I’ve never been a huge pancakes or waffles fan, but my mom has been making these for years.  And somehow, I can’t refuse them.  There’s something about those strips of bacon poking out the top of the waffles, and cheese, well, I never, ever, turn down cheese.

Although, I will admit, I hated the cleanup. Growing up, my mom didn’t have one of these fancy round flip waffle makers that I have now.  She had a heavy, square one, which made great waffles, but somehow, made a complete disaster of the machine and the counter around it.  It usually took me a half hour with a toothpick to clean out every nook and cranny.  Maybe that’s why I’m not a big waffle fan?  (note: she still has her original machine, so when she offers to make waffles I say “sure! at my house!”)

When we owned our cafe here in Mexico, we made waffles in bulk and froze them.    We would pop them into the toaster at the cafe and serve with syrup, or we sold them in packs of four for people to enjoy at home.  I haven’t stopped this habit and continue to make sure I always have waffles in the freezer.  They’re way better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.

If you have a waffle recipe you love, keep it, and just add the cheese and pre-cooked strips of bacon on top like this.

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Use good bacon, it does make a difference.  While I don’t use the waffle batter recipe that my mom did all those years ago, I can’t argue with those beautiful strips of bacon baked right in on top.

Please, leave a comment and let me know how you liked them!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tab sugar
  • 1 Tab baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and drained
  • 1-cup cheddar cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:

Mix together dry ingredients.  Add the eggs, milk, and oil.  Mix until batter forms.  Add grated cheese and stir to combine.

Pour batter onto greased, hot waffle griddle.  Lay strips of bacon on batter however you like.  Close lid and cook waffles according to waffle maker instructions.

Serve warm.  Or cool on rack, seal in ziploc bags, and freeze.

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