GLUTEN FREE HAM & CHEDDAR WAFFLES WITH TOMATO SALAD


This is one of those items that makes me wish I had a restaurant of my own. It's creative and relatively unique - and it tasted pretty darn good.

Yet again, Jack asked me today for a special breakfast. I asked what he was in the mood for and he said, "Waffles." Well, this is what I came up with.

For some folks, it is so hard to get away from sugar - and one of the techniques I try to get them to think about is to go in the opposite direction of SWEET. As in savory, spicy, or salty. This is a great example of doing just that.

The other thing that is cool about these waffles is that they are made with GRITS! How cool is that? Would you ever think of such a thing? I know. Like I said, creative and unique!

OK - I'll stop patting myself on the back on this one and just give you the recipe - as I'm sure that's why you're here anyway. ♥

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup organic stone ground grits

1 1/2 cups of water

1/2 cup of almond milk

3 Tablespoons of butter

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder

1/2 cup ham, julienne

1/4 to 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese

2 Tablespoons finely diced red onion

1 Tablespoon chives

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 egg

1 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour - I use Better Batter

1 tsp. baking powder

Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Red Onion

1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare your grits - I start my grits and water off together cold - add in the salt - bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the grits are done. Add in the butter and milk, and allow it to cool.

Add in the ham, onion, garlic, chives, chipotle chili pepper, black pepper.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Pour in the grit mixture. Add in the egg, and stir to combine. Add in the cheese - stir to combine. This mixture will be pretty thick.

Cook in your waffle iron as you would regular waffles.

For the tomato salad:

Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion, along with some salt and pepper, your olive oil, and red wine vinegar.

Place on top of your waffle! Enjoy.

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