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Savory Waffles with Asparagus, Gruyere and Onion

I took one of our family’s favorite puff pastry recipes, which uses a similar mix of ingredients, and translated it to savory waffles. It’s a change of pace from sweeter fare. Served with a ham steak and fried eggs, it makes a fabulous meal. Feel free to add maple syrup or a spicy glaze. —Leslie Ponce, Miami, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
  • 16 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 9 large eggs, room temperature, divided use
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 fully cooked boneless ham steak (12 ounces), cubed

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange onions and asparagus on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan; toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Roast until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly; reserve 1/4 cup vegetable mixture for topping.
  • Preheat a greased waffle iron. Separate 3 eggs. Whisk flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper and remaining salt. Add milk, 3 egg yolks and melted butter; mix gently but thoroughly. Stir in remaining onion and asparagus mixture and 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  • In another bowl, beat 3 egg whites on high until soft peaks form. Fold into waffle mixture. Bake waffles according to manufacturer's directions until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook ham until heated through; keep warm. In same skillet, fry remaining eggs until yolks are set. To serve, top waffle with ham and 1 egg. Sprinkle with reserved onion, asparagus and remaining cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 544 calories, 29g fat (15g saturated fat), 364mg cholesterol, 1493mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.

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