These savory waffles are a great breakfast for dinner recipe! Kid Friendly and easy to prep ahead, these Cornbread Waffles are served with shredded cheddar cheese, your favorite salsa, and eggs!
Cornbread waffles are the perfect brinner meal! Crispy buttermilk waffles made with cornmeal, parsley, chives, and corn are a lovely way to start the day if you want something not quite so sweet. Top these waffles with your favorite tex-mex toppings and an egg cooked perfectly for you and you have yourself a lovely breakfast for dinner!
When it comes to my favorite meal of the day, breakfast wins hands down. But when it comes to breakfast TIME? Life is crazy and it always ends up being a mad dash for whatever is easiest/fastest. Usually I try and prep something ahead of time like Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches or Overnight Oats. But when I forget to do that, its usually a protein shake in the car on the way to take the girls to school.
Adding breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things to add to my meal plan because it allows me to spend more than 5 seconds on my favorite meal of the day. These easy cornbread waffles are a great option when you are looking to move beyond the tried and true pancakes.
These are ready in about 30 minutes, they are easy to prep ahead, and you can totally make leftovers, too!
Savory Waffle Toppings
These savory waffles have so many great toppings! The best part is that you can easily tailor them to your family’s preferences or what you can find in your fridge tonight.
- Cooked Eggs – scrambled, sunny side up, poached, etc. Any way you want to eat them works here!
- Shredded Cheese – Sharp Cheddar works so well here, but you could also do monterey jack, colby jack, mozzarella, queso fresco, manchego, or cotija. Basically, cheese.
- Avocado Slices!
- Your favorite salsa – chunky, smooth, fruit based, super hot – you name it, it works!
- Fresh herbs like parsley, chives, green onions, or cilantro. Whatever you have on hand or sounds good to you!
- Additional toppings – cooked bacon pieces would be amazing here, and sour cream would totally work, too! Got some leftover chili? Add that as well!
The big question is – will you add maple syrup to this?
(Hint: There is no wrong answer here!)
How to Prep Savory Cornmeal Waffles Ahead
This savory waffle recipe is easy to prep ahead for busy nights. I suggest always making a double batch and freeze the leftovers.
- You can make the batter up to 3 days ahead of time. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
- You can prepare the toppings ahead of time by shredding the cheese and having
- You can also make the waffles ahead of time and store them in the freezer until you are ready to eat.
How do you freeze waffles?
Leftover waffles can be frozen for future use!
- Allow the waffles to completely cool.
- Place the waffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for several hours, and then transfer to a freezer safe bag.
- Label the back with the recipe title and date and store for up to 3 months.
How do you reheat frozen waffles?
Homemade frozen waffles can be easily reheated.
You can reheat waffles in a traditional oven preheated to 350. Place the waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cover with foil. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
Frozen waffles can also be reheated in a toaster. Just place them in a slot like you would a piece of bread. You might need to rotate them and do 2 cycles before they are heated through all the way.
How to Serve Savory Savory Waffles to Kids
These cornbread waffles are a great kid-friendly dinner! To serve this savory waffle recipe:
- Cook the eggs according to how your kids like their eggs (Scrambled? Over hard? Sunny side up? They all work here!).
- Allow your kids to choose which additional toppings they would like to have on their waffles and let them create their own plate. The independence of choosing and serving themselves helps they be more willing to try it.
- Cut the waffles into strips or bite sized pieces and allow them to dunk their waffles into salsa or syrup.
- Younger kids might like this meal separated into small piles (waffle bites, eggs, cheese, avocado, etc all in their individual piles).
How Kids Can Help Bake Savory Waffles
One of the best ways of getting kids interested in eating new foods is to have them help you make the meal! Here are some great age appropriate ways to get your kids in the kitchen with you:
- Kids aged 1 to 3 can help you measure the ingredients, wash and dry the parsley and chives, pick the parsley leaves off the stems, pour the wet ingredients, whisk the batter, and help set the table.
- Kids aged 4 to 6 can help do everything above, plus help you crack the eggs, grate the cheese, chop the parsley and chives.
- Kids aged 7 to 10+ can help do everything above, plus help you pour the waffle batter into the waffle iron and remove the baked waffles.
*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.
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Savory Cornbread Waffles
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- ¼ cups cornmeal
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
- ⅓ cup butter melted and cooled
- ½ cup sweet corn kernels
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 6 Tablespoons fresh chopped chives
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 avocado sliced
- 4 eggs cooked to preference (scrambled, poached, etc)
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, pepper, and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and the melted butter.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and gently fold to combine. You do not need to thoroughly mix every last speck of flour in, just enough that the two are combined.
- Stir in the corn and chopped parsley.
- Heat your waffle iron and cook your waffles according to the manufacturer's directions (directions will vary based on model, style, and size of your waffle maker).
- Remove cooked waffles to a platter, cover with a towel, and continue cooking the remaining waffle batter.
- While the waffles are cooking, cook the eggs according to how you like them (scrambled, fried, poached, etc).
- Serve the waffles with the cooked eggs, shredded cheese, salsa, and sliced avocado. Top with chopped chives.