Oh man, this was a gooooood dinner. Like, really really good. We felt like we were eating a fancy brunch in a restaurant when we had this - something that we never do anymore, but I definitely miss!
The waffles are of the savory variety, containing just a little sugar. They have cornmeal to give them a nice texture, and chives and cilantro for more flavor. Topped with homemade salsa and a poached egg, this was really and truly one of the best dinners we've had in a while.
And speaking of poached eggs, this was my first time attempting them. I'm happy to say that I had great success thanks to Deb of Smitten Kitchen and her step-by-step tutorial (and thanks to my pal Annie for recommending the tutorial)! My eggs weren't the most beautiful poached eggs ever, but they were definitely tasty. I topped the whole thing with some freshly cracked black pepper and a sprinkle of chives and cilantro. I considered adding cheese to the waffle batter, but it really isn't needed. And I suppose if you really wanted to go crazy, you could sprinkle some bacon over the top. But I personally think this meal is pretty perfect as is.
Make this this weekend. I promise you won't be sorry.
Savory Cornmeal-Herb Waffles with Salsa and Poached Eggs
waffles barely adapted from Joy the Baker
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving
- pinch of cayenne
- 5 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 3 Tbs snipped fresh chives, plus more for serving
- 1 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
- poached eggs
Preheat your waffle iron as you mix the batter. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place a baking sheet inside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, buttermilk, and herbs. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and add the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined - there will still be lumps, and that's okay.
Cook waffles according to the directions for your particular waffle iron. Keep warm in the oven as you cook them all.
To serve, top each waffle with salsa and a poached egg. Sprinkle with additional chives, cilantro, and season with pepper. Serve immediately.