savoury cheddar-chive waffles

January 30, 2012

My poor waffle maker has been languishing in my pantry for months, unused since the last batch of chocolate waffles. (Otherwise known as waffle dessert. For waffle breakfast, see here and here.) Dan has been talking longingly of the days when waffles made a regular appearance at breakfast so this weekend we did the decent thing and busted out the maker for some waffles.

Not just any old waffles though. No. These waffles might just be the mightiest of them all. Forget sweet, we went savoury all the way with sharp cheddar, black pepper, chopped chives, parsley, and a decisive crunch of cornmeal. They are so good. You won’t need anything on top in my opinion so long as you have a couple of runny eggs and some bacon, but a dollop of sour cream wouldn’t go amiss.

The dough is pretty thick going into the waffle maker – fear not. The end result is fluffy and perfectly done.

Savoury Cheddar-Chive Waffles
adapted from Joy the Baker and Williams Sonoma


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  1. Preheat a waffle maker on medium-high heat according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, black pepper, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter and buttermilk. Stir in the grated cheese. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, then add the chives and parsley. Stir until just incorporated. Try not to over-mix the batter.
  4. Cook according to your waffle machine instructions.
  5. Garnish with extra chives and parsley and serve immediately with bacon and fried eggs. Add a dollop of sour cream if you wish. Serves two.
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathryn January 30, 2012 at 6:39 am

Absolutely LOVE the idea of savoury waffles. I may be too English but I just can’t get my head round the whole sweet/savoury thing at breakfast time so these sound absolutely perfect for me.


Jenny January 30, 2012 at 6:57 am

This looks delicious! I might have to dust off my waffle maker and have a go this weekend. At Christmas there was a waffle stand in the city centre that sold savoury waffles but every time I went they were out, this will be a perfect way to satiate my curiosity!


Rachel January 30, 2012 at 7:06 am

Oooo I saw these on Joy the Baker and thought they looked amazing – I think this might warrant the purchase of a waffle iron (if I can get one in the UK?)


Angharad January 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

If you can find one, I’d say it’s worth it. Ours didn’t cost much and we get so overexcited about waffles! The options are endless, my personal favourites being these and chocolate covered in ice cream and chocolate sauce.


Deanna January 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love using waffles in place of bread in sandwiches, and these would be perfect!


Angharad January 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Oh my god, GENIUS! Yes. These with a fried egg INSIDE and bacon INSIDE. You, my friend, have hit the jack pot.


Marisa January 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I will be making these very, very soon. I’ve never had savory waffles but you had me at “runny egg!” And Deanna – absolutely brilliant idea! In my opinion everything is better in sandwich form!


Skye (Skye Loves...) January 31, 2012 at 2:04 am

Cheese. Bacon. And waffles. Heaven.


brandi January 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

i have got to make savory waffles – and soon. these look incredible.


Megan January 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

These look AMAZING. I am also without a waffle maker, but for this little piece of heaven, I think I should buy one….


Marisa January 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm

PS How in the world do you make your waffles come out so perfectly? I always, always put in either too much or too little batter. My waffles never look pretty! I’m starting to wonder if I just have a bad waffle iron :(


Angharad February 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

There is no secret other than apparently my waffle iron makes pretty waffles! I just pour in batter to the “top” and go!


steph (whisk/spoon) March 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I made these tonight….delicious!


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