Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bacon Cheddar Waffles and Cheesy Sausage Egg Sourdough Pudding Bake

I needed to post this because Bacon Waffles are so important. This last batch we made with cheddar cheese, also.  We have a big family, and so this past Christmas, our family gift was a double-sided professional waffle maker.  It is awesome.  We are very serious about our waffles. I also made a cheesy egg bake, which was worth mentioning because of the leftover sourdough in it.  I guess it sort of makes it a cheesy egg sausage sourdough pudding bake.  With caramelized onions in it.  Your mouth should be watering. We serve breakfast with a huge selection of fruit.  The trick is to get everything on the table at roughly the same time.

Bacon Cheddar Waffles
We just use Krusteaz mix.  For a long time, my husband, the waffle maker, used to make Special Waffles from scratch.  He had this recipe where you had to beat the egg whites separately.  They were good, but didn't knock your socks off.  Then we started using premade mix. The secret is to add extra oil, as it turns out.  You can try to be healthy, but then your waffles won't taste as wonderful.  And they probably won't have bacon in them, either.

Waffle mix or your favorite waffle batter
Several strips of bacon, crumbled
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese, depending on how many waffles you're making

Prepare waffle batter according to instructions.  Add an extra tablespoon of cooking oil. Pour about half of the waffle batter you would use normally, sprinkle in bits of bacon and some cheddar cheese. Pour the rest of the waffle batter over the top.  Close the waffle iron and wait as you normally would... Serve while hot with warm maple syrup.

Cheesy Sausage Egg Sourdough Bread Pudding Bake
The original recipe says to soak overnight, but I didn't do this and it tasted fine. Keep in mind, we were serving a table of 10 people, so I made it big.  There were some leftovers, mainly because Bacon Cheddar Waffles are stiff competition, but it heated up really well and I sent the kids off to school knowing they had had a SOLID breakfast.  

1 stale sourdough baguette, cut into cubes
1 package of breakfast sausage
1/2 onion, sliced
1 dozen eggs
3 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheese
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease 9x13 inch baking pan. Slice and cube the baguette.  Cook sausage in a pan.  Remove sausage, but don't rinse the pan.  Toss the sliced onions into the pan on low-med heat and let them caramelize in the sausage drippings. Cut the sausage into small chunks. Beat the eggs in a med mixing bowl, add milk, and whisk lightly until blended.  Add the bread and stir so that it the liquid soaks in. Add the sausage and onions, and 1 1/2 c of the cheese. Pour mixture into the baking pan. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake for 45-50 minutes until set. 

Gratuitious waffle art by my almost 5 y/o daughter.
She requested that I post it. 
Waring Pro Professional Double Belgian Waffle Maker Model # WWM1200SA
Best waffle iron ever.

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