There's nothing more disappointing in the kitchen than spending hours on something special only to…
When you take a buttermilk waffle and make it into a Buttermilk Black Pepper Bacon Waffle, coat it with butter, grill it in a pan and melt a half cup of cheese between those two slabs of bacon-y waffle divot-ed goodness… that my friends is a Bacon Waffle Grilled Cheese Sammich.
(‘Sandwich’ really does not apply here. The very word conjures up rules about crusts, watercress and cucumbers.)
What is a waffle anyway? Just a delivery system for sauce, often in the form of syrup. In this application, I’ve nixed the syrup… not because I don’t like it, but because I know that the maple syrup in the pantry is the real deal and if I open the can, I’m done. It will call to me in the middle of the night…
“Gypsy… baaaaa-bee… “ it will plead, like a needy lover.
So. No syrup.
Next question: “Did you drain the bacon before you mixed it in the waffle batter?”
Answer: “Good heavens no. Why on earth would I do that? No, I added the bacon fat right into the batter, ’cause that’s the way I roll.”
Question after that: “Could I use vegetable oil and turkey bacon?”
Answer: “Ummmm… suuuuuuure. You know what you should try with that? Syrup.”
Waffle recipes generally call for a 1/2 cup of fat/oil/melted butter. In this recipe; substituted half the oil for bacon fat… and skipped the salt all together, the bacon brings enough salt on it’s own.
Well, that’s enough chin-waggin’ it’s a grilled cheese sammich for Pete’s sake how much more gum-flappin’ is really necessary?
Pairs well with; an ice cold beer and… play-off hockey.
Bacon Waffle Grilled Cheese Recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups butter milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
8 – 10 slices of peppered bacon (diced, cooked & cooled)
1/4 cup rendered bacon fat, cooled
2 cups aged Canadian Cheddar (the sharper, the better)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Beat eggs in large bowl with hand mixer until fluffy.
- Stir in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and mix by hand or with electric mixer until smooth.
- Add cooked, crisp bacon and up to a 1/4 cup bacon fat, fold in to batter.
- Coat waffle iron with a thin layer of oil or non-stick cooking spray if needed.
- Pour batter onto waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
For the grilled cheese part…
OK let’s pretend you’ve never made a grilled cheese in your life.
Allow waffles to cool. Brush one side of waffle(s) with melted butter. Place one waffle, buttered-side down, in non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Add 1/2 cup grated aged cheddar, place second waffle on top, buttered side up. Allow cheese to melt, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip to toast other side of waffle, about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat, cut and serve… with pickles… or syrup or BBQ sauce whatever it is you eat with your bacon-waffle-grilled-cheese-sammich.