Ham, Bacon and Cheese Waffles

These hearty waffles stand up to hungry man appetites but please the delicate refined tastes of more sophisticated eaters as well.  They are a show-off brunch favorite at my house.  A special occasion unto themselves, you don’t have to have a holiday to have an excuse for them.  They are the perfect meal anytime  and do double duty when you have a hungry crew to feed who expects nothing less than another of your gourmet offerings.  Breakfast, Brunch or Dinner, they fill the bill.  

Ham, Bacon and Cheese Waffles                                     Serves 6 – 8

  • 1/2 lb. bacon. diced and cooked
  • 4 slices of deli ham, diced (or about 4 oz. any ham.)
  • 4 cups  complete pancake mix
  • 2 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon baking powder

Stir baking soda and powder into pancake mix and set aside.

(For the record here, we’re adding the leavening ingredients just in case those in the pancake mix has lost some of its power.  It might not be just-purchased fresh.  We are also adding some heavy ingredients and extra leavening will insure that our waffles are light and crispy.)

Cook and drain diced bacon, patting with paper towel to dry as much as possible, then stir into dry pancake mix along with grated cheese and diced ham.

Measure the liquid ingredients together with the exception of the water.  Measure and keep the water separate.

  • 2 cups 2% milk (or buttermilk thereby omitting the vinegar)
  • 2Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (add to 2% milk to create “Buttermilk”)
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups water(more or less, to achieve proper consistency  for your waffle iron)
  1.  Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir 8 to 10 strokes, adding water , 1/2 cup at a time, until the correct consistency of batter is achieved for your waffle machine.
  2. Spray waffle machine with nonstick spray and fill to about 3/4 full and bake until pastry is golden brown. (the steam will stop coming from the machine)
  3. Keep waffles warm in a 200°F oven, placing waffles directly onto the rack until all the baked goods are done and ready to serve.  Serve with your favorite syrup and a fresh fruit side for a special breakfast, brunch or dinner. Yum!

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