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Pumpkin Bacon Cheddar Waffles Recipe

Pumpkin Bacon Cheddar Waffles Recipe

By Kelsey Banfield

Sugary cinnamon pumpkin waffles are always a favorite, but here is a fun idea in case you are in need of a change - make them savory. A savory waffle is still a satisfying breakfast and is perfect when you aren’t in the mood for anything overly sweet. In fact, their bold flavor makes them perfect for brunch, lunch, and even dinner.

For this pumpkin version, I used cornmeal for crunch, diced cooked bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese. They cook up crispy on the outside with a soft, chewy inside, and little flecks of salty bacon scattered throughout. The hardest part about them is letting them cool for a minute once they are off the iron, and not devouring them right away!

Pumpkin Bacon Cheddar Waffles

Since the flavors of the bacon, cheese, and pumpkin are inside the waffle, the outside doesn’t need to be dressed up with anything too fancy. I usually top them with a fried egg to make a super hearty diner-style meal. If I am in the mood for a hint of sweet, I’ll top them with sliced apples or a little drizzle of maple syrup. No matter what, they make for a delicious savory fall meal the whole family loves.

Pumpkin Bacon Cheddar Waffles

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Pumpkin Bacon Cheddar Waffles

Makes: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (homemade or store-bought)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 6 cooked slices of bacon, finely chopped

Topping Ideas:

  • Sliced peaches
  • Maple syrup
  • Fried eggs
  • Shredded cheese
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat the waffle iron.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a smaller bowl beat the eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin puree, and melted butter and beat well. Then, fold this mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir in the cheese and chopped bacon.

4. Cook waffles until light golden brown according to your waffle maker’s instructions. For my waffle maker, 1/4-1/3 cup batter makes 1 waffle.

5. As the waffles come off the maker let them cool slightly. Then add your topping of choice and enjoy.

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