Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sausage Waffles with Peppers & Onions

Here's an instance where we had a crazy idea & just ran with it...
Sausage Waffles with Peppers & Onions
Two weeks ago we made Chicken & Waffles which lead us to contemplating what other ways we could incorporate waffles into dinner. Thus was born the idea of making a waffle with Italian sausage in it & then topping it with peppers & onions braised in red wine. Basically the waffle is taking the place of a hoagie roll in a sausage & peppers sandwich. The waffles were very fluffy (even with the whole wheat flour in them) & the flavor of the sausage really came through. We used a spicy Italian sausage which really paired well with the sweetness of the peppers & onions.

We had some leftover waffles & plan on reheating them tomorrow to serve with eggs. You could also use breakfast sausage in the waffle recipe for a breakfast treat too, it would be great with maple syrup.

Sausage Waffles with Peppers & Onions

8 oz bulk Italian sausage
1 1/2 T unsalted butter
1 1/2 c red onions, sliced
3 bell peppers, seeded & sliced (we used a combination of red & yellow)
1/2 t dried oregano
1/2 t dried basil
salt & pepper
1 c red wine
2/3 c all-purpose flour
1/3 c whole wheat flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 T olive oil
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 t red wine vinegar

In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook the sausage until completely done. Break the sausage apart while cooking. Remove from the pan & set aside to cool. Don't clean the pan as you will use it to cook the peppers & onions.

Add the butter to the pan. Once it is melted add the onion, peppers, oregano, basil & some salt & pepper. Sauté until the onions are translucent.

Pour in the wine, cover the skillet & turn the heat down to simmer. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes to soften the peppers. Remove the lid & let the sauce boil until it is reduced & thickened a little.

Making the Waffles:

Mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda & salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.

In another bowl whisk the olive oil, eggs, milk & vinegar together. Stir in the sausage. Pour into the dry mixture & stir until the batter just comes together, do not over mix. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Cook in a hot waffle iron that has been treated with cooking spray.

Makes 4 waffles with topping (4 servings)

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jillian said...

This is such a great idea! I never make savory waffles but this looks so good!

Tangled Noodle said...

You are making a very convincing case for waffles as a main staple at the dinner table! I need a waffle iron . . .

vanillasugarblog said...

seriously! love it.

George Gaston said...

kat & Matt... love the savory waffle combination! Great idea...

grace said...

i've been familiar with chicken and waffles for years, but it has NEVER occurred to me to try another meat or savory-type creation. what a wonderful idea--the sausage/pepper/onion combination is exactly what i'd choose!

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Unplanned Cooking said...

Was thinking I could try this with bacon, too.

Lori said...

Sometimes the crazy ideas are the best ones to act on. I could go for this for sure.

kb said...

Al's in Dinkytown serves bacon waffles (bacon strips baked into the waffle) which are shockingly delicious. After having them I'm definitely a fan of savory waffles.

tamilyn said...

The first time we saw chicken and waffles, the hubs and I were like "What the......" but now fans. Never thought about more savory ideas, but why not?

Rooster Shamblin said... would you please spend a few minutes ready my blog about all things chicken. I have been raising more than 50 breeds 40 years.

Beth (jamandcream) said...

I don't own a waffle pan - will put on my birthday list I think!! i love meals that just seem to come together.

Laurie said...

Wow, you are creative with waffles! It never would have occurred to me to experiment like this, but it looks great.

Deborah said...

THere was a savory waffle recipe in one of my magazines that I've been wanting to make, and this reminded me! Your waffles look fantastic!

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