The New and Improved Ham & Cheese
|April 22, 2012||Posted by Ashley Marie under A.M., Breads, Food, Sweets|
Last month, Bon Appetit did a spread on twisting old classics into new traditions. They had a beautiful line-up of old-school dishes that we can all remember mom making us when we were kids, but one thing stuck out to me the most: Ham & Cheese Waffles. I mean really, this sort of thing doesn’t even need an introduction. Two staples that essentially made my childhood coming together in one? Yes, please. Back then, you could’ve offered me a warm Belgian waffle with maple syrup or a crispy grilled cheese sandwich even with a stomach ache and I’d have said yes. Now, trends have landed us at a point in which the two are combined in the most harmonious love tryst known to man. And boy, I couldn’t be happier. A steaming, pillowy waffle fresh out of the maker, speckled with crispy bits of ham and soft strands of sharp cheddar cheese. What I love about this recipe is that it’s a basic waffle batter, that makes an exquisite waffle, with or without the fixins’. But you can put as little or as much cheese and ham in as possible. And then you douse it with warm maple syrup. And butter. And a nap.
Makes 12 waffles
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup soda water
3 each 1/2” thick slices of ham, diced
1 tablespoon sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat waffle iron until very hot. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a medium bowl until medium-soft peaks form. Whisk the yolks, butter, buttermilk, and soda water in a medium bowl and gradually add to the dry mix. Fold in the egg whites.
Coat the waffle maker with non-stick spray and pour the batter into the iron, spreading it into the corners for an even waffle. Scatter 1 tablespoon of diced ham and shredded cheese over each waffle and cook until golden brown. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.