10 Savory Waffles for Your 2021 Menu
10 Savory Waffles for Your 2021 Menu
Waffles. That’s what we think everyone should be adding to their menus. Why? They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. In today’s post, we are sharing 10 savory flavored waffle recipes perfect for appetizers or entrees.
1) Savory Beer Waffles with Cheddar Cheese and Scallions
(Image via Striped Spatula's)
Light and crispy, these waffles taste best when made as Belgian style waffles with a mild beer. They are made with all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper, granulated sugar, eggs, butter, milk, beer, shredded cheddar cheese, and thinly sliced scallions. Best results can be achieved if the waffles are placed on a wire rack-lined baking sheet at 250 degrees before serving. This enables them to stay warm while waiting on the remaining waffles to finish cooking.
For all the instructions, please see Striped Spatula’s recipe.
2) Chicken and Waffle Sliders
(Image via Cholula Hot Sauce)
This would make the perfect lunch or dinner! It consists of two waffles being used like sandwich bread or a bun, a delicious hot sauce, and crispy fried and breaded chicken breasts. Foodie Crush originally made the recipe, but we found it on Cholula Hot Sauce’s website. You could use their hot sauce, as they recommend, or any that you preferred. You could even make your own sauce to go over it, but we digress. For details, check out the recipe.
3) Cornbread Waffles with Chili and More
(Image via Kylee Cooks)
As someone who grew up eating cornbread and chili, this recipe sounds genius to me! So instead of making cornbread in a pan, put the cornbread batter into a waffle iron! If done well, it comes out looking crisp and golden (My mom actually used to do this for us when I was little). Once the cornbread waffle is finished, place it on a plate and top it with chili, cheese, sour cream, chives, or any other toppings of your choice.
4) French Onion and Soup Waffles
(Image via Host the Toast)
Now I personally have not tried these, but it’s on my list. Host the Toast makes them sound easy to make and they look fantastic! I also know that I’m somewhat lazy so if any of our restaurants, bar, or literally anyone in our foodservice audience reads this and decides to make them, please let me know. I would love to buy them from you so I don’t have to make them. That’s what foodservice is for, right? To help people like me out. Make the deliciousness, and I will come!
The Waffled French Onion Soup is made of butter, olive oil, sliced white onions, beef broth, white wine, dried thyme, ground black pepper, cornstarch, puff pastry, gruyere cheese, and chopped chives. It reminds me of a recipe my dad use to make. When I was little he made French Onion Soup every winter and, if we were lucky, he’d take time to make bread to dip into the warm onion soup. He only did this on snow days though, when he’d been off from work for a while. Perfection.
This recipe has the added benefit of cheesy waffles being the main bread of choice! Then having the delicious onion soup drizzled atop it. I’m drooling now.
Somebody do it for me, please, and thank you!
5) Mac and Cheese Waffles
(Image via Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom)
Mac and cheese. Another childhood favorite. This recipe though is superior because it puts it in waffle form. The cheese is perfectly cooked. The recipe includes prepared mac and cheese, shredded cheese, oil for the waffle iron, and that will be it. It’s super easy to make! But is a special treat most won’t make at home. Crispy, cheese, it also would taste good on a hamburger. Just saying.
6) Cheddar and Chives Waffles
(Image via Umami Girl)
I’d recommend this for breakfast, but you could have it any time of the day. The waffles are made of flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper, buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, extra sharp cheddar cheese, and minced chives. The chives, buttermilk, and extra sharp cheddar cheese are what really make them pop.
One of the best ways to eat them is with eggs. Fried. Right on top.
We found a couple of recipes for cheddar and chives waffles, but Umami Girl's was our favorite.
7) Pizza Waffles
(Image via Bijoux and Bits)
For this one, you’ll need pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, meat (you can pick what kind), veggies such as tomatoes and spinach, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, petter, Italian seasoning, and flour. Spray the waffle iron (an important step so nothing sticks) and begin to mix ingredients. Put the olive oil and seasoning in one bowl together and section out the pizza dough for the waffle iron. Brush each side of the pizza dough with the seasoning and olive oil mix. Place the mozzarella cheese slice on top of one of the sections, add your other toppings – the vegetables, meat, etc. – on top of the cheese. Then sandwich it with one of the sections of pizza dough.
Once this is done, you’re ready to put it into the waffle iron. You’ll need to cook it for 2-4 minutes or until it’s crispy and the cheese has melted. Afterward, remove it from the waffle iron to cool. You can serve it with any additional toppings or dip it in the marinara sauce.
This recipe can be made at home, but why not add it to your lunch menu? Savory waffles are popular right now.
8) Mozzarella Stick Waffles
(Image via Delish)
This is probably my favorite. Now if you have specialty mozzarella sticks already on your menu, you can just use them. Line them up in a waffle iron and toast them for your customers. It adds an extra special twist to something we all love. If you want to see what inspired it to be on our list, check out Delish’s homemade version of mozzarella stick waffles.
9) Falafel Waffles with a Creamy Tzatziki Sauce
(Image via FitLiving Eats)
Genius! Ideal for your breakfast or dinner menu, the falafel waffles are gluten-free, providing a safe option for those with a gluten intolerance. They are packed full of protein and are extremely easy to make.
We found the recipe on FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige. She has a lot of healthy, tasty recipes, ideal inspiration for creating a menu that meets health-conscious consumers’ needs.
Once the waffles and sauce are ready, you can pair them with a variety of greens, tomatoes, avocados, or any type of vegetable you wish!
10) Loaded Potato Waffles
(Image via Food & Wine)
Made with peeled and shredded baked potatoes, lightly beaten eggs, all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, cheddar cheese, butter, bacon, chives, and sour cream, these make an excellent meal, appetizer, or side. You can serve them with eggs, bacon, or a dipping sauce. They are packed full of flavor and can be served by themselves as well. Food and Wine’s recipe was our inspiration for including this type of savory waffle on our list.
We’re very curious what you think of these recipes and if you’ll be adding them to your menu or not. We hope they provided some inspiration! They served to make me hungry and I’m eager to try them myself, whether it’s at home or at someone else’s restaurant.
Happy waffle making!