Mix up your waffle game with Savory Waffles in three super yummy flavors. With options including cheese, broccoli, and ham and cheese, this is a fun dinner, lunch…or yes, even breakfast to share with the kids!
We recently discovered making waffles with savory flavors, and they’ve been really fun lunch and dinner options. (Really, they work any time of the day.) My kids thought I was crazy the first time I put broccoli into a waffle, but once they dipped them in pizza sauce, they were sold.
We still do sweet waffles, but this is a fun way to offer veggies (or ham and cheese) when you’re looking for an easy meal for the kids…or to share with the kids.
I make this with a homemade waffle mix, but you could also start with a store-bought mix if you prefer. Lots of options here for you.
Our favorite option is the Broccoli and Cheese Waffles, but it’s fun to see which the kids prefer.
Contents hide 1 Savory Waffles 2 Your toddler won’t eat? Help is here! 3 Ingredients You Need 4 Ingredient Substitutions 5 Step-by-Step Instructions 6 Frequently Asked Questions 7 What’s the best basic waffle iron? 8 How to Store 9 Best Tips for Success 10 Related Recipes 11 Favorite Savory Waffles 11.1 Base Waffles 11.2 Cheese Waffles 11.3 Broccoli Cheese Waffles 11.4 Ham and Cheese Waffles 11.5 Optional Flavor Additions (choose 1)
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Ingredients You Need
To make this recipe, you’ll need to have the following ingredients ready to go.
- All-purpose flour: This ensures the waffles are light and fluffy. You can sub in whole-wheat flour if you prefer.
- Baking powder: This helps to ensure that the waffles rise and cook through evenly so make sure that yours is fresh.
- Eggs: I use large eggs in my cooking and baking and beat them lightly here.
- Unsalted butter: Melted and slightly cooled, this adds richness to the batter. And allows you to control the salt yourself.
- Milk: I use whole milk, but low fat or nonfat works, too if that’s what you happen to have on hand. You can also use a plain unsweetened nondairy milk.
- Spices such as cumin, pizza seasoning, and/or garlic powder add lots of flavor—according to your preference.
- For the different waffle flavors, you may need cheese, broccoli florets, and/or ham. When using broccoli, I cut off just the tops of the fresh florets so it cooks through quickly in the batter.
- Shortcut this recipe by using a store-bought pancake mix and then adding your flavor ingredients.
- Use nondairy milk and cheese as needed.
- Try another veggie instead of broccoli, such as any minced cooked veggie like cauliflower and carrots, or raw shredded and squeezed dry zucchini.
Here’s a look at the steps involved in this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe with amounts and timing.
- Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine. This helps to evenly distribute the baking powder and salt throughout the mixture.
- Add the wet ingredients to make the waffle batter.
- Whisk to combine.
- Add your chosen flavor mix-ins. Whisk to combine.
- Add some of the batter to your waffle iron. Close and cook.
- Remove from the waffle iron and serve warm.
TIP: You can place waffles onto a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack and keep warm in a 200-degree oven while you finish the whole batch.
Frequently Asked Questions
What goes on top of savory waffles?
You can top with butter and serve with a dollop of sour cream, salsa, warmed marinara sauce or pizza sauce. You may also like it topped with a fried egg or with a side of bacon.
What should I serve with savory waffles?
We like to have these with a simple side of fruit or scrambled eggs.
Which veggies work for this recipe?
I use kitchen scissors to cut off the tops of the broccoli. Using just the tops helps to ensure that they’ll cook through while the waffle cooks. (If there are chunks of stem in the batter, it likely won’t cook through.) You can also use raw shredded zucchini if you squeeze it very dry first. Or you can mince up any cooked veggie such as carrots or cauliflower and add it to the batter.
What’s the best basic waffle iron?
I have used the super basic Cuisinart Waffle Iron for over a decade, and it’s reliable and cooks evenly. It’s a great option at a low price point. (It’s usually $30 or less.) You can use any other kind, though, just adjust the cooking time according to your machine.
How to Store
Once cooled, store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Warm in a toaster oven or on a baking sheet in a 375-degree oven for 4-6 minutes or until warmed through.
Best Tips for Success
- I use kitchen scissors to cut off the tops of the broccoli. Using just the tops helps to ensure they’ll cook through while the waffle cooks. (If there are chunks of stem in the batter, it likely won’t cook through.)
- You can dice up ham steak or deli meat or any ham you like.
- Trade in another variety of shredded cheese if desired, such as Monterey Jack or sharp cheddar cheese.
- Double the recipe to make a larger batch.
- Add more flavor with minced parsley or green onions. You could do a dash or dried oregano or thyme too, if you like those flavors.
- Serve with a simple side of fruit for an easy meal. You may like these topped with a fried egg.
- Use a 1:1 style of gluten-free flour blend to make this savory waffle recipe gluten-free.