Ham-and-Cheese Waffles

The other day I went to a restaurant that advertised breakfast anytime. So I ordered waffles during the age of enlightenment!!!

My friends, modern-day cooking is all about deconstructing a dish and then reconstructing it into something that is as good as the original. What makes this a daunting task is that the dish you are trying to transform is probably a classic that is being enjoyed all over the world. No matter how intricate or subtle, we live in a culinary world that is all about deconstructing food and making it taste superb!

In this entry im going to try something different. Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many people settle for a bowl or fruit, oatmeal or even just a cup of coffee to get their day started. All I can say to that is…What if I can make breakfast the best tasting meal of the day, would you ever want to settle for a bowl of fruit?

So the next time you are making breakfast for family, friends or a one-night-stand try this recipe and they will definitely want to come back for more:

Ladies and Gentlemen I give to you:

Cialde con Prosciutto e Formaggio(Ham-and-Cheese Waffles)

serving size ~ 12 waffles (depending on size of waffle iron)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda and salt
  • 3 large egg whites (keep yolks separate)
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup soda water
  • 12 tbsp ham
  • 12 tbsp shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • and of course a Waffle Iron

Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees F or plug-in your Belgian waffle maker to get the iron hot. If you have a oven iron heat the iron until very hot.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the first 5 ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg whites and let sit for a few minutes.

In a separate mixing bowl whisk the yolks, butter, buttermilk and soda water. Then gradually mix that same bowl into your large bowl of dry ingredients leaving your bowl of egg whites to be mixed in last.

Loosely chop up your ham. Coat the waffle iron with a non-stick spray( lite butter or oil will also work) pour your batter over your waffle iron. Scatter about 1 tbsp of ham and cheese over each waffle.

Cook until golden brown and make sure they are cooked all the way through. I recommend serving with a nice warm maple syrup and butter.

Hey! Who ever said that ham and cheese was only a sandwich!

and as always,

Buon Appetito America!

JCL

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