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Savory Parmesan-Cauliflower Waffles are SO good. Any vegetable with the word flower in it has to be lovely, right? This recipe can use frozen cauliflower rice, like the organic products we now find at both Costco and Trader Joe’s. Or it can use fresh cauliflower rice, homemade or store bought. But I created this recipe as a quick meal!, so I use the convenience product. I buy the organic frozen cauliflower rice at Trader Joe’s and use the whole bag for one recipe.
It’s so easy. 🙂
The inside texture of these waffles is soft, like the-sandwich-bread-of-your-dreams texture: tender– doughy yeast bread meets pastry.
We have folded our waffles over and used them for sandwich bread, filled with sandwich toppings (like ham and cheese, or chevre and bacon).
The leftovers are great heated in a toaster oven and eaten by the section; (they get crunchier on the outside this way). I like to pick mine up, each little quadrant/pie shaped piece, to take bites.
We usually eat them with a fork and knife…because of the toppings!
I am really excited to talk to you about the toppings for this waffle. In the photos from this post you can see one of my favorite ways to top them: chevre/feta, chives, and bacon. LOVELY.
And, surprisingly or not, these savory waffles are also GREAT with butter and maple syrup on them, because, of course. Pure maple syrup and butter on something with parmesan- YUM.
There is dried thyme in the recipe, which is optional. I REALLY like thyme and honey together: great. So I say, yes. Thyme can go sweet or savory, compatible with the versatility of this recipe. So these waffles are delicious served with butter and honey on top.
Lastly, lately, my favorite way to eat them is with butter, honey and bacon. It combines everything that’s best sweet AND savory. And the raw honey butter combined with the doughy texture of the inside of these waffles is like fireworks. Pastry-pause-and-appreciate.
Other than the fact that I LOVE waffles because of their flavor and texture and significant divots to hold toppings, absorb toppings, and create texture (and who, BTW, invented waffles?, because they’re a total genius), I LOVE waffles because I don’t have to stand over dinner or breakfast and monitor the process or flip anything.
(Yesterday, for example, I worked a long day at our cafe. SO I had this marvelous waffle recipe for both breakfast AND dinner, he he! It was SO good that I savored it at both meals.)
I just pour in the batter and walk away for 5 minutes each time. The batter will take 10 minutes or less to assemble in the blender and then easy-peasy, the waffle iron is your *kitchen butler* and does the rest of the work for you.
Serve bitter greens on the side if it’s dinner (like arugula). Or serve nothing on the side because waffles speak for themselves. At breakfast, serve hot chocolates on the side, because it will make everyone very very happy. Or grab the waffle when you have to eat and run. Or pack the waffles in lunches.
One more BTW, regarding the original toppings for this waffle recipe: CHIVES are SO lovely. If you haven’t purchased or grown chives lately because you forgot about them or fresh herbs seemed superfluous, I hope you’ll reach out and grab some right away. They are SO SO special. They are lovelier than green onions and more nuanced. Fresh herbs are one of life’s delights. They will make these waffles that much more perfect. Try them again and remind yourself of the revelation of flavor that they add.
Side note- do you see my bacon? We got a pastured pig this year, from a nearby farm, and made our own pork belly bacon. It’s like candy for me. I nibble on it like chocolate, and it literally makes me happy. I think it’s the vitamin D. Did you know pork fat is HIGH in vitamin D? It’s a perfect food to eat a lot of (I say!) while you’re waiting for spring to arrive… 😉 (Which, for the record, I am.)