While I love a bowl of Greek yoghurt with honey and sweet dukkah for breakfast, that is about the limitation of my love for a sweeter start to the day. Other than that, I crave savory breakfasts all the way. Runny eggs, salty meats, creamy cheeses – all of these will set me up for the day with a smile on my face and a skip in my step.
If we are likeminded then the oodles of sweet waffle recipes available online drenched in syrups are probably not your cup of tea for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong – I’m ALL for sweets and desserts, but I’d much rather have my waffles before bed rather than after it.
When faced with a brand new waffle machine recently, I was confronted with a difficult choice – sweet or savory. Well, given I opened the box at 9am and I was hungry… savory waffles won.
Italian flavours are what I know best, so I popped some prosciutto in the oven to crisp up and set about adapting this incredible sweet waffle to savory. I used the basic technique but removed the sugar and added parsley and the delicious saltiness of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. It worked better than I could have ever imagined, and savory waffles have become the new normal in our household!
Eaten hot from the waffle machine, or heated up in the microwave the following morning as a sort of “grab and go” breakfast, I guarantee you will love these fluffy, delicious, savory beauties.
Parmesan and Parsley Savory Waffles
- 2 cups self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 egg yolks
- 4 egg whites
- 100g butter, melted
- Large handful fresh continental parsley, finely chopped
Preheat your waffle machine as per its instructions.
Sift together the flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl and set aside.
In a smaller bowl mix together milk, parmesan and yolks with a fork until well combined. Add to the flour and gently stir to combine. Add the melted butter to the flour mixture and gently stir till combined.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then add to the flour and butter mixture with the parsley, and gently fold through with a spatula until just combined. You want to ensure that you keep as much air in the egg whites as possible.
Depending on the size of your waffle maker pour portions of the batter into your machine as use as per the machine's instructions.
Chew Town was not paid to develop this recipe, but was gifted the Cuisinart 2 Slice Waffle Maker from Everten with thanks which can be purchased HERE – It is the exact machine I used in the recipe above and yielded incredibly even cooked waffles. Everten stocks over 8,000 kitchenware products online. It was one of the first online kitchenware retailers in Australia and is still a family owned business to this day. To read Chew Town’s disclosure policy please visit the About page.