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Ham and Cheese Waffles {AKA the One Cup o’ Butter Wonder Waffles}

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Being yourself. When does one remember getting to be fully themselves as a teenager, without any concern for status or appearances? But when my daughter, Zoie and her cousins, Lindsey and Emme are together, that is what they get to be…themselves. When I am around them, I feel happier like life is how it should be; with endless chatter, giggles and complete and utter honesty. It’s quite beautiful.

This weekend, I was lucky enough to have this trio of girls over for the night and dinner was going to be anything they invented or desired. As par for the course, my daughter piped in with a request for brinner (breakfast for dinner around these parts) and requested chocolate chip waffles…and then Lindsey suggested, “Ham and cheese waffles…I saw them in Bon Appetit in spring!” She is a subscriber, an avid foodie and aspires to be a chef.

So, I said, “Yes!” to both…obviously, quickly read over the Googled Bon Appetit recipe for any ingredients I was missing and ran to the store for White Cheddar and Canadian Bacon (a bit healthier than ham). When most of the way through our experimental ham and cheese waffles, I read and re-read a BIG PROBLEM….ONE CUP of MELTED BUTTER! Holy cow! I have never, ever, ever used an entire cup of butter in anything I have ever made…E-V-E-R!!! I didn’t even know that crazy amount was possible to use in a single recipe.

And yet we were all but done with the waffles…minus one cup of artery clogging, hip thickening, butter. I hemmed and hawed and finally agreed to throw it in, but honestly, I will make these babies again with 1/2 c. of butter and just add some more buttermilk and a little Canola oil. I am certain that would work fine.

This recipe called for weird steps, like sprinkling on the cheese and ham after the batter was ladled on.

—Wouldn’t it stick to my griddle, my beautiful Cuisinart griddle that is fairly new and cheese free?!

This whole recipe was definitely sketchy, and yet…IT WORKED! Yes, of course ample amounts of nonstick spray were involved, but ultimately these waffle popped out rather uneventfully and they were mouth-wateringly DELICIOUS!

Crispy, salty, savory and yet a little fluffy. They were reminiscent of a chicken and waffle dinner and every bit as heart-stopping (in more ways than one).

So honestly, I can only tell you that these were delectable, but I truly think if you take out some butter, it will be just as delicious and perhaps not cause you to keel over…that’s never a good thing.

Bon Appetit’s Ham and Cheese Waffles

Makes about 12 Waffles
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large egg whites
3 large egg yolks
1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup soda water
Non-stick vegetable oil spray
1 cup thinly-cut strips of ham
3/4 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
Maple syrup
To make the waffles:  Heat waffle iron until very hot. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until medium-soft peaks form. Whisk egg yolks, melted butter, buttermilk, and soda water in a medium bowl; gradually whisk into dry ingredients. Fold in egg whites.Coat waffle iron with non-stick vegetable oil spray (this a very important step!) Ladle batter onto iron, spreading it into corners (amount of batter needed will vary according to machine). Scatter 1 rounded Tbsp. ham and 1 Tbsp. white cheddar over each waffle. Cook until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.

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26 thoughts on “Ham and Cheese Waffles {AKA the One Cup o’ Butter Wonder Waffles}

  1. Waffles with so much flavour, this is perfect 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. I like where your head is at. Savory and sweet at the same time. Heavenly!

  3. They look delicious; but maybe you are right about the amount of butter… 🙂

  4. Fingerlickingly delicious, Geni. With a cup of butter, I am not surprised at all these taste heavenly!

  5. I saw that recipe in Bon Apetite too, what a fabulous idea, savory waffles are wonderful!

  6. Wow.. this is quick the yummy waffle recipe!! I think the butter helped it slip out of your waffle iron:) and right down past the lips! I love having groups of teenagers over!! xx

  7. Yum. That’s how I can best sum those up! I’m in for these too. Looks like you completed my weekends breakfast ideas! Geni, I so relate to how you enjoy the girls being themselves. I remember those days, no pressure to look and dress a certain way because “others” would be looking. I’d have the best time when the girls were being themselves! That never happened at the mall or the beach, but inside my home…and in the kitchen, it was back to being little girls. I miss that soo much. I know you cherish every moment Geni. Hugs!

  8. How gloriously golden are these waffles? Yum!

  9. In our house we call it “topsy turvey”! Whatever you call it, breakfast for dinner is ALWAYS yummy & fun!! These sound good despite the questions! :). How did the chocolate chip ones turn out? Miss you all!!

  10. Oh lordy… my arteries are clogging just be reading I’m sure 😉 – but sometimes you just gotta do it! And the do look mouth watering golden brown. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a waffle maker, not that common over here in Oz, but I am tempted. As soon as I find some more cupboard space…

  11. Like you I never used a whole cup of butter in a recipe…and sure would be concern about it…now these waffles look awesome, and I love your description, crispy and fluffy…love it! Very flavorful indeed!
    Hope you are having a fantastic week Geni 🙂

  12. Love this for breakfast, this will be my next purchase waffle maker after the ice cream maker

  13. Oh my goodness, a sweet waffle with a savory soul! A magnificent weekend treat!

  14. I need to buy a waffle maker asap (and by “buy” I actually mean “steal from my parents”). These sound amazing. And you know what I sucker I am for anything that has cheese in it. 🙂

  15. Oh yes. reminds me of my old bacon and sherry syrup waffles. brilliant treat Geni!

  16. Omg you went there….you really went there. These sound incredible, Geni!! Sweet and savory–perfect combo. Sounds like you had a great dinner. 🙂

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  19. This looks amazing up until I read there’s one cup of butter in the recipe! I too never use one cup of butter in a recipe! Now I’m curious to play around with this recipe to make a lighter version! This would be perfect for breakfast on the go!

  20. I am certain I could use my regular waffle recipe and just perk it up with some cheese and ham on top like the ones above. There’s no reason in the world this wouldn’t work and I still am horrified that I used a whole cup of butter.

  21. Oh, how could they not be good! One cup of butter?! I’ve made a few recipes with copious amounts of butter and they have all just been so sinfully good. I’m sure these would rank right up there. 🙂 Look how crispy and golden brown those look too. Your night sounds like it was perfect. Giggles, laughter, good food, family…that is the important stuff.

  22. I would never grumble about getting up in the mornings if these were here for me! I love this so much!!

  23. oh i cant wait to make these for my two boys. This is genius and who doest like ham and cheese! Love it

  24. This looks like brunch heaven 🙂

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