30 Minute Meal/ Breakfast

Savory Cornmeal and Chive Waffles with Salsa and Eggs

Rachael of pizzarossa was our August 2012 Daring Cook hostess and she challenged us to broaden our knowledge of cornmeal! Rachael provided us with some amazing recipes and encouraged us to hunt down other cornmeal recipes that we’d never tried before – opening our eyes to literally 100s of cuisines and 1000s of new-to-us recipes!

This was such a fun challenge! I love how easy it was, but gave us all the freedom to do lots of research and find fun new things to do! I tried three recipes (one is technically baking, but who cares, right?!) but we ended up not liking one, so I’m not even going to tell you about it. Except I just did.

Savory waffles have been on my “to make” list for a while now, and this was the perfect perfect way to do it! Oh holy mama these were amazing! I have never had problems finishing two waffles before, but I  honestly barely survived. I went straight passed the full stage into the “I’m stuffed” stage, took a short break to unzip my pants and then barreled passed the holiday feast fullness. And I still left some on my plate. Make these. Seriously, you really need to make these. But maybe only eat one.

I also really wanted to make these cornmeal cookies for a long time. And while this is the Daring Cooks challenge and not the Daring Bakers, I decided to just go for it! Cornmeal + zucchini + lemon in a cookie? I had to try it. Joel thought they sounded absolutely disgusting, but I was so intrigued that I really wanted to try them! I expected these cookies to be sandy, but they were surpringlsy soft with a slight grainy texture. A very subtle flavor, too, until I maxed out the lemon by adding a lemon glaze on top! Yum! They were a fun change from the normal overly sweet cookie, and I am glad that I made them.

Savory Cornmeal and Chive Waffles with Salsa and Eggs (slightly adapted from Joy the Baker). Yields 5 6″ round waffles

1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal (make this an overflowing cup of course grain and you’ll be happy)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup melted butter
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
3 TBSP chopped chives
2 TBSP chopped parsley
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salsa and fried eggs, for serving

Turn on your waffle iron and let it preheat.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and pepper.
In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and melted butter.
Add the wet ingredients on top of the dry, sprinkle the cheese, corn, chives and parsley over top and stir until just incorporated – don’t over-mix, its ok to have some lumps!
Cook the waffles according to your waffle instuctions – about 1/2 cup at a time, or whatever it takes so that the waffle iron doesn’t over flow. Cook until golden and crispy.
While the waffles cook, fry up some eggs according to how you like them!
Serve the waffles immediately with fresh salsa and the hot fried eggs, sprinkling some extra chives and parsley on top.


  • Reply
    Cher Rockwell
    August 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Savory waffles and zucchini cookies! Wow. You knocked this one out of the ballpark. The cookies really sound interesting.

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    August 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Yum! I am a waffle-fan too and will definitely be trying those! I love how everyone has such different dishes with this challenge, just goes to show how versatile cornmeal is.

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    August 14, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    It's never occurred to me to make savory waffles; I love the idea! Your dishes look delicious!

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    Monkeyshines in the Kitchen
    August 15, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    OMG!! that waffle sounds to die for. I have been hinting to the monkey that I'd like a waffle iron. Now its time to bypass hints and get on with it. Nom nom!!

    The cookies sound, er, intriguing.. but I actually do believe you that they're good – they sound too bizarre not to be, right?!

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    August 15, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    I LOVE these cornmeal waffles with salsa and eggs…I must make these for breakfast (or lunch or dinner..midnight snack – who cares?) The cookies are awesome too, but I'm so feeling the savory. Fantastic job on the challenge!

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    shelley c.
    August 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Savory waffles sound SO delicious – I bet that was a delicious meal! And those cookies looks scrumptious! 🙂

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    August 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I am totally in awe of anyone who makes waffles! They look spectacular! And the cookies sound amazing! Odd, but amazing! 🙂

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    August 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Both of these recipes look really intriguing, but the waffles are making me think I need to add "waffle iron" to my kitchen wish list…

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    August 16, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Surprise! Tag – I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! Click on the link for info and don't forget to pay it forward :). Keep up the great work!

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    August 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    YUM – on the TO MAKE list….Well done!

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    Aamy (Savory Moments)
    August 18, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Both look wonderful! The savory waffles are so creative. The zucchini cookies look delicious with the cornmeal. So yummy!

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    [email protected] in disguise
    August 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    oh my!
    I making these next weekend for sure!
    I mean sweet waffles are amazing but these are out of this world

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    August 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I really love the sound of those cookies, and I really, really, really love the savoury waffles. In fact, if I owned a waffle iron, I would be making them right now!

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