04 April 2009

Recipe: Cornmeal Waffles with Savory Butter

cornmeal waffle with pecan butterImage by Marilyn M via Flickr

Photo of a cornmeal waffle with pecan butter, yum! We have wonderful pecans here in Louisiana - a favorite brand is Bergeron's.

From Denny: Louisiana has a large German population from the past century. We love sausage down here be it French, German or even Polish versions. These easy waffles are just the ticket for a savory side dish for an easy weekend meal combined with grilled sausages.

From: Eating Well in a Busy World by Francine Allen

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients for Waffles:

3 eggs

1½ cups buttermilk

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

¾ cup cornmeal

1 cup self-rising flour

1½ Tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup grated Cheddar cheese

Ingredients for Savory Butter:

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 Tablespoon or more fresh snipped chives

Dash of Tabasco sauce (more if you are from Louisiana!)

Directions for waffles: Preheat the waffle iron. Put a large platter in the oven to heat.

Mix together the eggs, buttermilk and butter. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, soda and cheese. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid; stir gently until the ingredients are combined. Cook the waffles in the waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. Cut the waffles into pieces that can be handled like bread. Transfer each to the warm platter as they are cooked, loosely covering with foil so they don’t dry out.

Directions for Savory Butter: Meanwhile, blend together the butter, mustard, chives and Tabasco in a food processor or blender. Serve the waffles with the butter.

Per serving: 366 calories, 26 grams fat, 145 milligrams cholesterol, 438 milligrams sodium.

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