Time: 20 minutes
Music Selection: Peter Cetera – The Glory of Love
My daughter, Lucille, has a best friend, Lois, who lives right next door! How lucky are they! These two young ladies are forever going back and forth between our homes — often raiding the pantry and fridge. One of their favourite dishes to make together, any time of day (sleepover breakfasts, brunch, after school snack, late night snack, dinner…) are their Waffle Sandwiches! They make them with pride and care — love, in fact… It always brings a big smile to my face, and theirs (and sometimes Lucille’s older brother who they make them for – and he does not smile often enough)! But, who couldn’t smile for a sandwich made “for the glory of love”? I hope you have a big smile all day after having one of these sandwiches!
Waffle mix – enough to make 4 waffles, and the ingredients to go with it (see below for a waffle recipe)
4 -8 eggs
8 slices bacon (or ham slices if you have it, Canadian back bacon is great, too)
4 slices of cheddar cheese (or you could use brie, swiss, Havarti, Monterey jack)
2 tomatoes, sliced thinly
Optional: avocado slices, hot peppers
Optional: mustard, sriracha sauce, mayonnaise
Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Line a baking sheet with oil and lay the bacon in a single layer. Place in oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until bacon is as crispy as you like it. When it is done, remove bacon and set aside. Alternatively, fry the bacon in a pan.
In the meantime, heat up the waffle and brush or spray it with a bit of oil.
In large bowl, mix the ingredients to make 4 large waffles, following the directions on your waffle mix (or use this link to make home-made waffles).
When the waffle iron is hot, put ¼ of the waffle dough in the pan.
Once the bacon is done, turn down oven to 200 deg F. Place the waffles in the oven to stay warm, while you continue to make all the waffles.
In the meantime, heat a small pan and melt some butter or oil. Fry your eggs to your liking (we like ours a bit soft). Make extra eggs if you want more in your waffles than just one egg each.
To assemble the waffles: Cut a waffle in half. On the bottom half, put a little mustard, mayonnaise or sriracha. Then place a slice or two of bacon (or ham). Top that with a runny egg, then cheese. You can also add other toppings if you like – tomatoes, avocadoes, hot pickled peppers, etc… Then place the other half of the waffle on top, like a sandwich. Enjoy!
Home Made Waffle Recipe:
Makes 4 large waffles
1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons (5 grams) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (240 ml) milk, at room temperature
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 tsp vanilla (optional – only use if making sweet waffles)
¼ tsp nutmeg (optional – only use if making sweet waffles)
(if you want coconut waffles, you can add 1/4 cup dried shred coconut)
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and milk. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, along with the melted butter, and stir (or whisk) just until combined.
Preheat your waffle machine. Then, depending on your machine’s instructions, you may need to lightly brush oil or spray the waffle iron with a non stick vegetable spray. Spoon or pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup (60 – 120 ml) of batter (or amount that is recommended in your waffle iron’s instruction book) onto one side of the hot waffle iron. Take the back of a spoon, or small heatproof offset spatula, and smooth out the batter. Close the lid of your waffle machine and bake until brown and crisp (about 3-5 minutes). It is best to serve the waffles immediately. If not, place the waffles (directly on the oven rack) in a 200 deg F ) for up to 30 minutes.
For sweet waffles: serve with fruit or maple syrups, whipped cream, fresh fruit, vanilla ice cream, chopped and toasted nuts (almonds, pecans, etc)