Savory Cheesy Waffles

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Savory Cheesy Waffles

I first discovered cornmeal waffles one day last summer when we came home from vacation to bare bones in the kitchen. Determined to make something with what we had so we didn’t have to eat out again, my mind drifted to waffles. I found a recipe then for some bacon and cheese waffles with cornmeal. I didn’t have bacon, but I had enough cheese, milk, and eggs to concoct what ended up being a fantastic waffle. And waffles get even better with a runny egg on top!

Those waffles had cheddar, but last week I had some Monterey Jack on hand, and I am crazy about its flavor. You could use any cheese you really love here, but I love the bite of Monterey Jack (or even Pepperjack!). This is a super versatile recipe; you can add chopped chicken sausage or cooked bacon or sausage, maybe some minced herbs, using up odds and ends from the fridge. Savory waffles make a perfect easy dinner for nights you just don’t know what to make.

Savory waffles with monterey jack cheese

Savory Cheesy Waffles

Yield: 8 small waffles

Savory Cheesy Waffles

Adapted from Fabtastic Eats.


  • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. yellow cornmeal
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 T melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. milk or buttermilk
  • 2/3 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried minced onion


Plug in waffle iron to preheat.

Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl or measuring cup, whisk together butter, eggs, and milk/buttermilk.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine. Fold in cheese and onion.

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray and cook waffles according to your iron's directions. I have a smaller, Cuisinart waffle iron. It uses 1/3 cup batter and made about 8 waffles from this recipe.

Top with over-easy or medium eggs (or poached, I just don't know how to make a poached egg ...). Sprinkle with more cheese, salt, and pepper.

Do you have a waffle iron? We got one for our wedding, and I never used it. We went years without one. But when the kids starting loving frozen waffles, I was determined to make my own! I can make a batch of waffles whenever, freeze them in big ziploc bags, and then pop them in the toaster for breakfast. Delicious!

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