Our Favorite Savory, Cheesy Waffles

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Our Favorite Savory, Cheesy Waffles


Author Notes: These are our go-to savory cheesy waffles come weekend time. We use a thinner waffle maker (the heart-shaped one, not the Belgian-style), which results in a nice crisp waffle. Make sure you go for a really sharp cheese, like an aged cheddar or robust pecorino, as the cheese flavor gets muted in the cooking. Also, don't be tempted to use just a stick of butter; you need all 9 tablespoons (I've tried just 8 and it's not as good!). Serve warm and enjoy with all of the brunch fixins: crispy bacon, lox, see more suggestions below. Hana Asbrink

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Makes about 8 to 10 waffles

  • 4.5 ounces butter (about 9 tablespoons)
  • 13.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1.75 cups or 4 deciliters)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 7 ounces whole milk (about .875 cups or 2 deciliters)
  • 7 ounces cold water (about .875 cups or 2 deciliters)
  • 1 cup grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (like a nice aged English or Irish cheddar); grated pecorino is also super, if you want more bite!
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less, depending on how salty the cheese is)
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Turn off the heat and let it cool a bit.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the milk. Slowly add in the dry ingredients while continuing to whisk. Stir until lumps are gone.
  4. Slowly add the butter to the mixture and whisk until fully incorporated (you're aiming for a glossy batter and you shouldn't see any fat along the sides of the bowl). Slowly add the water, whisk everything to combine.
  5. Add the grated cheese, whisk to combine. You can also change to a wooden spoon now to make it easier.
  6. Cook up waffles according to waffle maker's directions (make sure they're nice, golden, and crisp!). Serve immediately. If making for a large group, put finished waffles on a cooling rack over a baking sheet, placed in a warm 200°F oven. Enjoy with a variety of savory toppings: crispy bacon, smoked salmon, sour cream or crème fraîche, thinly sliced onion, chopped chives, chopped dill, capers, a variety of roes (whitefish, bleak, tobiko, or even caviar if you're feeling fancy).

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