Waffles – One Plate, Two Ways: Sweet and Savory

Sweet + Savory Waffles: Savory Herbed Waffles with Roasted Chicken & Mustard Cream Sauce + Sweet Waffles with Apple Compote & Walnuts | foxeslovelemons.com

This is an epic recipe that I’ve been wanting to develop for years – a plate with one savory waffle and one sweet waffle, but with flavors that are carefully chosen so they can be enjoyed together. Grab a friend or significant other and have a little waffle-making party. One person can man the waffle maker while the other focuses on the toppings. It’s actually quite possible in about 45 minutes!

Inspired by the savory Belgian waffles my husband loves at a brew pub across town, as well as my friend Suzanne’s Chive & Cheddar Buttermilk Waffles, I knew I wanted to make an herbed waffle topped with some sort of chicken. I smothered some pulled chicken and sauteed mushrooms with a mustard cream sauce, and I was all set for that side of the plate.

Sweet + Savory Waffles: Savory Herbed Waffles with Roasted Chicken & Mustard Cream Sauce + Sweet Waffles with Apple Compote & Walnuts | foxeslovelemons.com

The sweet waffle was a harder decision. It couldn’t be too sweet, and it needed to work with the flavors of the savory half of the plate. I know that apples are a classic pairing for pork, so I figured they would work with chicken as well. Why not top the sweet waffle with an apple compote, and have the flavor complement the chicken topping the savory waffle?

Sweet + Savory Waffles: Savory Herbed Waffles with Roasted Chicken & Mustard Cream Sauce + Sweet Waffles with Apple Compote & Walnuts | foxeslovelemons.com

I immediately dug into this plate, combining sweet and savory bites with abandon. Waffle, chicken, apple, mustard cream sauce, arugula, walnuts, maple syrup….my fork was dragged through everything. I’ll be the first to admit, it may not be everybody’s cup of tea. That’s fine. I made this breakfast for dinner just for me. A recipe that was years in the making (in my head) had finally come to fruition. And it tasted oh so sweet. And savory. Pssst – I’m obsessed with savory waffles now. Check out this great roundup of savory waffle ideas.

Basic Buttermilk Waffle Batter

Yield: 3 to 4 servings (Makes about 6 large Belgian waffles)

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk and butter. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Divide batter into 2 small bowls and proceed with sweet and savory waffle recipes below.

 

Sweet Waffles with Apple Compote & Walnuts

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  1. Stir vanilla extract into half portion of Basic Buttermilk Waffle Batter. Cook waffles according to waffle maker instructions.
  2. In large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add apples, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally Add apple juice and cinnamon, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until apples are very tender and most liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve waffles topped with apple compote and sprinkled with walnuts, with maple syrup.

 

Savory Waffles with Roasted Chicken & Mustard Cream Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups half and half
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, pulled (I used meat from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Arugula and paprika, for garnish
  1. Stir parsley, rosemary and thyme into half portion of Basic Buttermilk Waffle Batter. Cook waffles according to waffle maker instructions.
  2. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, cook 4 to 6 minutes or until mushrooms are golden brown. Add half and half and mustard; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Stir in chicken and lemon juice; cook 2 minutes or until chicken is heated through.
  3. Serve waffles topped with chicken mixture and arugula, and sprinkled with paprika.

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82 comments

  1. I love the sweet and savory combo! This looks so good 🙂

  2. I love the sweet and savory combo! This looks so good 🙂

  3. Holy cow, Lori, these are INCREDIBLE! I love how all the flavors blend, and gorgeous presentation!!!

  4. Holy cow, Lori, these are INCREDIBLE! I love how all the flavors blend, and gorgeous presentation!!!

  5. Umm…. okay, so I seriously can’t decide which one looks more delicious. I think I’ll pick both. “And” is always better 😉

  6. Umm…. okay, so I seriously can’t decide which one looks more delicious. I think I’ll pick both. “And” is always better 😉

  7. What a hard decision, sweet or savory? They both look outstanding!!! Nothing wrong with having both for breakfast???

  8. What a hard decision, sweet or savory? They both look outstanding!!! Nothing wrong with having both for breakfast???

  9. Wow that looks so good and thank you for the shout out! I love waffles whether sweet or savory and I love what you did with both. It’s been a while since I’ve made these now you inspired me.

  10. Wow that looks so good and thank you for the shout out! I love waffles whether sweet or savory and I love what you did with both. It’s been a while since I’ve made these now you inspired me.

  11. I’ll need sweet AND savory, thankyouverymuch! Just…wow!

  12. I’ll need sweet AND savory, thankyouverymuch! Just…wow!

  13. This will last me all day and I would be so happy! Waffles are an awesome invention, great job with these Lori. I really should buy a new waffle maker, don´t know where mine is, lost it after moving for the 1000th time…

  14. This will last me all day and I would be so happy! Waffles are an awesome invention, great job with these Lori. I really should buy a new waffle maker, don´t know where mine is, lost it after moving for the 1000th time…

  15. You have elevated the chicken-and-waffle drive-thru dish to another level, Lori. Seeing your dishes is motivating me to purchase a waffle maker!

  16. You have elevated the chicken-and-waffle drive-thru dish to another level, Lori. Seeing your dishes is motivating me to purchase a waffle maker!

  17. I’ll take a dozen of each, please!

  18. I’ll take a dozen of each, please!

  19. I have to say I’m in team sweet but your savoury waffles really make me want to try it!

  20. I have to say I’m in team sweet but your savoury waffles really make me want to try it!

  21. That is one awesome plate of food! I love how thoughtful you were about the flavor pairings. It would be interesting to try them alone and together and see what you like best.

    • Haha, my husband and I did both experiments. He was NOT at all on board with the sweet and the savory mixing, but he reported that both tasted good on their own. I was busy just swirling everything around on my plate like the weirdo I am…

  22. That is one awesome plate of food! I love how thoughtful you were about the flavor pairings. It would be interesting to try them alone and together and see what you like best.

  23. This is TOTALLY my thing. Sweet and savory together is what makes brinner so perfect! I have been in love with savory waffles ever since I tried a cheddar version. They’re just the perfect vehicle for a fried egg. Now I”m going to have to try them with chicken and mushrooms!

    • Ohhh…I’ve actually never tried putting an egg on savory waffles, but the Williams Sonoma catalog had a recipe for waffles florentine (basically, herbed waffles combined with eggs benedict florentine). I want to try that soon!

  24. This is TOTALLY my thing. Sweet and savory together is what makes brinner so perfect! I have been in love with savory waffles ever since I tried a cheddar version. They’re just the perfect vehicle for a fried egg. Now I”m going to have to try them with chicken and mushrooms!

  25. I’m team sweet when it comes to waffles, but I wouldn’t be adverse to the chicken with dinner!

  26. I’m team sweet when it comes to waffles, but I wouldn’t be adverse to the chicken with dinner!

  27. What a great combo! They both look amazing!

  28. What a great combo! They both look amazing!

  29. Oh, gosh, I want them BOTH! One for dinner, one for dessert! Beautifully done, Lori!!!

  30. Oh, gosh, I want them BOTH! One for dinner, one for dessert! Beautifully done, Lori!!!

  31. Thanks to you and this kick ass post, herbed waffles are now my new obsession! I need to make them ASAP! Wow, does that plate ever look good. And I love your attitude – damn straight, you made this for yourself to enjoy. I think so many of us focus so much on pleasing others that we don’t do enough for ourselves. I’d gladly join you for any meal where these waffles done two ways are featured.

    • Damn straight is right 🙂 Yeah, in no way do I think that ANYBODY reading this blog will be like “yes, I’m going to make these sweet and savory waffles.” Sure, some people may make the sweet separately, or the savory separately, and that’s completely understandable. This was an epic undertaking that was all for me! And I’d gladly make it for YOU, too 🙂

  32. Thanks to you and this kick ass post, herbed waffles are now my new obsession! I need to make them ASAP! Wow, does that plate ever look good. And I love your attitude – damn straight, you made this for yourself to enjoy. I think so many of us focus so much on pleasing others that we don’t do enough for ourselves. I’d gladly join you for any meal where these waffles done two ways are featured.

  33. Such creativity! Both your waffles looks amazing, and I love to try…Both!

  34. Such creativity! Both your waffles looks amazing, and I love to try…Both!

  35. OMG, epic indeed!!! I love this! The sweet with the savory on the same plate. . it’s like your meal + dessert all in one. . I love this . . and I must try the Chive & Cheddar Buttermilk Waffles stat!! LOVE!

  36. OMG, epic indeed!!! I love this! The sweet with the savory on the same plate. . it’s like your meal + dessert all in one. . I love this . . and I must try the Chive & Cheddar Buttermilk Waffles stat!! LOVE!

  37. Thanks Nichole, I appreciate it 🙂

  38. Thanks Di! I kind of just threw everything on the plate and hoped for the best, and it actually looked ok! Woot woot!

  39. Breakfast, lunch or dinner….nothing wrong at all 🙂

  40. Yeah, waffles are a pretty good hot-weather item, because really, hot much heat can the waffle maker give off, right? 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration, Suzanne!

  41. Haha yeah, the waffle maker is always that item like….”where is that thing?” The answer for me is usually the basement. I MAYBE use it 2 or 3 times a year, but I do like having it!

  42. So glad to hear that Kim. Waffle makers are so nice to have. Not essential, but a nice luxury item 🙂

  43. Oh, you’d be SOOOOO full 🙂

  44. Awesome, Shannon! Yeah, just throwing some chopped up herbs into waffles is the easiest way to start. Once you get past the idea of “OK, I’m eating a savory waffle, this is weird,” they’re really great!

  45. Haha, my husband and I did both experiments. He was NOT at all on board with the sweet and the savory mixing, but he reported that both tasted good on their own. I was busy just swirling everything around on my plate like the weirdo I am…

  46. Ohhh…I’ve actually never tried putting an egg on savory waffles, but the Williams Sonoma catalog had a recipe for waffles florentine (basically, herbed waffles combined with eggs benedict florentine). I want to try that soon!

  47. Woohoo! Come over to the dark side, Sarah….the savory waffle dark side.

  48. I never thought of it that way, but yes, it IS like dinner and dessert in one. I was certainly VERY full after this meal!

  49. Damn straight is right 🙂 Yeah, in no way do I think that ANYBODY reading this blog will be like “yes, I’m going to make these sweet and savory waffles.” Sure, some people may make the sweet separately, or the savory separately, and that’s completely understandable. This was an epic undertaking that was all for me! And I’d gladly make it for YOU, too 🙂

  50. I’ll warn you – once you get hooked on savory waffles, it’s hard to go back to sweet 🙂

  51. I just in awe at how creamy the chicken looks….almost looks like a chicken salad. I am intrigued by the half-and-half reduction!

  52. I just in awe at how creamy the chicken looks….almost looks like a chicken salad. I am intrigued by the half-and-half reduction!

  53. Yes, it was so much like chicken salad! To be honest, I was hoping for more of a “saucy” consistency, but it just didn’t work out that way. Oh well, it was tasty, so I just rolled with it 🙂

  54. I don’t know which one I would choose… they both sound delicious! You took chicken and waffles to a whole new level, and it looks great.

  55. I don’t know which one I would choose… they both sound delicious! You took chicken and waffles to a whole new level, and it looks great.

  56. I have missed so many #SundaySuppers now, life is crazy busy. I miss you all, especially when there are great waffles like this being served. Nicely done Lori!!!

  57. I have missed so many #SundaySuppers now, life is crazy busy. I miss you all, especially when there are great waffles like this being served. Nicely done Lori!!!

  58. I love seeing the sweet and savory side by side! I think the chicken ones with mustard cream sound awesome!!!

  59. I love seeing the sweet and savory side by side! I think the chicken ones with mustard cream sound awesome!!!

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