2/27/11

crispy buttermilk-cheddar waffles w/ kielbasa maple syrup

When I go to diners I love to see what people are eating. Curious to see if they are like me: do they love their bacon or sausage dripping in maple syrup? Do they love cheesy grits with maple syrup? Do they have to take a bite of pancake with a bite of maple dripping bacon? And you know its great when I see there are others out there like me who think of breakfast as the absolute best time for the ultimate creations in sweet with savory. Sure desserts are another way of indulging in the whole sweet and savory family, but I truly think breakfast takes the crown. So many variations, creations can come of sweet and savory for breakfast and brunch.
To share a secret passion of mine: I have wanted for some time now to do a little bit of research on when and where or even who started the whole sweet & savory thing. I mean possibly it might not be just one person, could be a country or culture that had it in it's existence and it gradually made it over here to the US. It would be fascinating to see and learn--don't you think? As a kid I don't remember the whole sweet and savory thing being too popular, but I really wasn't reading cookbooks as a child, just watching Julia Child and Sesame Street. Julia did have one episode of cheese stuffed crepes with some sort of jam or cherry reduction. I remember this because she flambéed it. Best part.
What's your favorite "diner special"? And what's the best diner you've ever been to?
Mine would be corned beef hash, poached eggs, bacon all smothered in a perfect hollandaise sauce. Best diner? Man, that's hard a lot of good ones in NYC and New Jersey.

Crispy buttermilk-cheddar waffles w/ kielbasa-maple syrup
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Use your favorite waffle or buttermilk waffle recipe (that would serve 2-4 people)
Add to the batter ½ - ¾ cup of mild cheddar cheese, shredded
Cook as normal.

For the kielbasa-maple syrup:
Chopped kielbasa, small chunks (about ¾ - 1 cup)
1 cup or more of maple syrup

Fry up the kielbasa until nice and crispy. Degrease a little of the oil out of pan, then pour in the maple syrup, turn heat to low, and let heat up until waffles are done. Don't let it boil! Just warmed through. When waffles are done pour the hot kielbasa syrup over them.

If you don’t have a waffle recipe here is one from Cook's Illustrated:

Buttermilk Waffles
Makes about eight 7-inch round waffles.

While the waffles can be eaten as soon as they are removed from the waffle iron, they will have a crispier exterior if rested in a warm oven for 10 minutes. (This method also makes it possible to serve everyone at the same time.) Buttermilk powder is available in most supermarkets and is generally located near the dried-milk products or in the baking aisle. Leftover buttermilk powder, which can be used in a number of baking applications, can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a year. Seltzer or club soda gives these waffles a light texture that would otherwise be provided by whipped egg whites. (Avoid sparkling water such as Perrier—it’s not bubbly enough.) Use a freshly opened container for maximum lift. Serve waffles with butter and warmed maple syrup.

2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup dried buttermilk powder (see note)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups unflavored seltzer water

Instructions
1.1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 250 degrees. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet and place baking sheet in oven. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, buttermilk powder, and baking soda in large bowl to combine. Whisk sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and oil in medium bowl to combine. Gently stir seltzer into wet ingredients. Make well in center of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir until just combined. Batter should remain slightly lumpy with streaks of flour.

2.2. Heat waffle iron and bake waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions (use about 1/3 cup for 7-inch round iron). Transfer waffles to rack in warm oven and hold for up to 10 minutes before serving with butter and maple syrup.

Technique
For Crispier Texture, Ban the Butter
For crispier results, we swapped the melted butter in our batter for oil. Unlike butter, oil contributes no moisture to the waffle. The exterior of the waffle can thus reach a higher temperature faster, giving the crust more time to form. Plus, oil helps keep the waffle cripe after it comes off the heat: As pure as fat, it is better able to repel water, keeping interior moisture from migrating to the waffle's dry, browned surface and turning it limp.

41 comments:

  1. Haha I do the same thing at diners :) My GOODNESS do those waffles sound incredible.

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  2. Haha I do the same thing at diners :) My GOODNESS do those waffles sound incredible.

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  3. This is insane. And i absolutely love it.

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  4. SWEET BABY JESUS! Those waffles look divine.

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  5. I never thought about having a diner favorite. But now that I think about it, this is IT for me. This looks ridiculously delicious girl!

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  6. wow, when I`m looking at this pic I`m really hungry :) what a delicious and uncanny idea! absolutely love it <3

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  7. where does the cheddar come in? just curios since they are 'crispy buttermilk0-cheddar waffles'. am i missing it??

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  8. Love breakfast out. Diners or brunch spots have so many fabulous options. My favorite place offers a hotlanta sandwich- friend chicken on waffles with maple syrup. These look along the same lines...savory and sweet is such a fun combination. Happy Sunday Dawn!

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  9. YUMM!!!!! Love the combination :)

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  10. anynomous person - there is cheddar cheese in the batter.
    if you look at the recipe and read it, it will say to add some shredded cheddar to the waffle batter.
    does that help you?

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  11. Oh wow, I'm drooling, this looks fantastic! Love all the layers of flavor - you need to open a diner :)

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  12. good pointer on the oil butter conundrum - now hook me up!

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  13. Mmm, used to love eating kielbasa around the holidays! I can see how great it'd be in this recipe, with that smoky flavor. As for best diners... you're right - the state we all love to hate (NJ) has the best!

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  14. I sooooo wish I kept my old roommate's waffle maker. She never used it anyway!

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  15. Sweet and savory for breakfast is a good good good combo. I've always loved my breakfast sausage smothered in syrup. Loving those waffles! So happy I have a waffle iron to make them with now!

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  16. It's been way too long since I've had waffles... I really like how you paired savory with sweet....

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  17. YUM! I have some chicken apple sausage I would love to try that with!

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  18. This looks so YUMMY!!!! I need to buy a waffle iron...any suggestions on a good brand/model?!

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  19. I still remember reubens and patty melts from our local diner, along with homemade fries and foot long cheesedogs. These all bring back memories. Love the whole sweet and savoury waffle idea, unheard of back in the day!!!!

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  20. I'm very impressed. This is genius.

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  21. Yeah...this needs to be done again..It was good! Make more!

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  22. Is that drool on my chin....why yes...yes it is. I'm going to have to make this...because dear god I want it! ;)

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  23. i don't do a lot of diner eating (sad!), but the best i ever had was some chipped beef gravy over the fluffiest biscuits ever. i fear nothing will ever live up to it.
    also, dang! this waffle concoction is amazing.

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  24. My girls are very much "into" making breakfast right now! We've made different varieties of French Toast and Pancakes; however, we need to get out of our comfort zone with waffles. I think I've found next Sundays breakfast.

    My Italian husband doesn't really do diners for breakfast, so we eat at home. I do remember really liking eggs benedict though.
    Thank you!

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  25. OMG, this looks like the breakfast of my dreams. Surely, I must still be asleep and fantasizing about this. If so, I hope I never awake. ;)

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  26. These look amazing! I love me some waffles. However, even though I am from the south I can seem to get my head around eating them with chicken! Hummm? Anyway, love your blog.Your pictures are killer
    www.kitchenbelleicious.com

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  27. I'm a freak who doesn't like syrup on my waffles & pancakes with one exception its a must on chicken & waffles.

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  28. impressive! i totally look at other people's food too :)

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  29. Very creative. Now bring on the kielbasa....

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  30. get.in.my.belly. i would LOVE this right now... yes, i do like sausage in maple syrup. and cheddar waffles? must try this at home :)

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  31. i am definitely a bacon and maple syrup kind of girl...so tasty!

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  32. Oh wow, these waffles are mouthwatering! I love the interesting flavors you used. This is my kind of breakfast!

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  33. OMGeeeeeeeeeez. Bet the cheddar cheese would work in pancakes too. There's somebody in mind who would die for this!

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  34. whooooaa. my husband would freak if i made this!!

    p.s. thanks for stopping by -- stare away!

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  35. Are yah kidding me? ou are most inventive

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  36. I dont know if I finished that last comment because my husband was in the other room slathering peanut butter all over a banana and I was kind of drooling on my keyboard- totally distracted. Sorry.

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  37. There are so many words in this title that make my mouth water :). This really sounds ridiculously delicious!!

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  38. I don't know why, but waffles with cheddar and meat are fantastic!! Definitely a favorite of mine.

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  39. I'm drooling here. I LOVE LOVE LOVE bacon and sausage swimming in maple syrup. These look awesome.

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  40. Delicious! How do you not weigh 300 lbs? Your recipes are incredible but dang, ive got to stop eating like this!

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