Aside from being a filling breakfast option, waffles are also great for merienda. Case in point: waffle sandwiches. I like to load mine with bacon, smoked cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and barbecue sauce. The onions can be prepared ahead of time; however, the waffle batter must be made right before cooking. Remember to combine the wet and dry ingredients only when the waffle maker is hot and ready. The batter should still be a bit lumpy, because a smooth batter means it’s been over–mixed. Check the manual that comes in the package of your waffle maker to find out how to get the right temperature setting. Once the waffle maker beeps, lift to unmold the waffle but leave it to cook for another minute or so. This makes the waffle crispy and helps it get that gorgeous golden brown color. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and flavor combinations. Have fun!
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
- 6 table spoons unsalted butter
- 3 medium white onions, sliced thinly
- teaspoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 strips bacon, cooked until brown and crisp
- 6 tablespoons barbecue sauce
- 3 slices smoked cheddar cheese
For the waffles:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup all–purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Melt butter over medium heat. Saute onions until slightly browned. Sprinkle sugar; stir. Add balsamic vinegar; cook until brown. Season to taste. Remove from heat; set aside.
The next step is to make the waffles. For this combine milk and vinegar in a bowl; leave, undisturbed, for 3 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla, and butter; mix well. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in another bowl.
Mix well and make a well in the center. Pour wet ingredients into the well. Stir slowly and mix just until combined. (Mixture should be lumpy. Mixing until smooth will make a tough waffle.)
Pour 3/4 cup batter onto the center and edges of a preheated waffle maker. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and cook until golden.
Top lower half of waffle with caramelized onions and bacon. Drizzle with barbecue sauce and top with cheese. Fold top half of waffle over toppings then cover slightly with the waffle maker to heat through.