Savory Ham & Cheese Waffles #BrunchWeek

Savory Ham & Cheese Waffles #BrunchWeek

The Savory Ham & Cheese Waffles are crispy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside. 
Filled with plenty of ham and gooey cheese, and topped with a sunny side up egg, they make the perfect Brunch dish!
I'm so excited to share with you all that this week I'm participating in #BrunchWeek 2016! Thirty seven bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to cakes, breakfast breads, tarts, and quiche - there is something for everyone! Hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, this is the 4th annual #BrunchWeek. I'm so excited to have you join us this year as we celebrate Brunch and prepare for Mother's Day!

I've got five brand spankin' new brunch recipes to share with you this week. That's right, FIVE! I've got sweet and I've got savory, and I hope you'll love everything as much as my family did. First up, we've got these Savory Ham & Cheese Waffles. Crispy on the inside but soft and chewy on the inside, they are bursting with flavor from the salty ham and intense Cabot White Oak Cheddar Cheese that's tucked inside. Topped with a gorgeous sunny side up egg, it's the brunch dish that will have your family asking for more!

We are so fortunate to have some pretty amazing sponsors that not only donated great prizes for the #BrunchWeek giveaway, but also supplied our bloggers with products for our posts. Please join me in sending out a huge THANK YOU to our sponsors for their generosity! We have an incredible giveaway that you'll find at the end of this post, and I'd love it if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

Don't forget to check out the other amazing recipes from my fellow #BrunchWeek bloggers below, and also enter the giveaway! Now, let's get on with making our delicious savory waffles!

Savory Ham & Cheese Waffles
Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door
Serves 4
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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 large egg
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly 
1 cup chopped honey ham 
1 cup shredded Cabot White Oak Cheddar Cheese 

Heat the waffle iron according to manufacturers directions.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the ham and cheese.

Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour a half cup of batter onto the iron and spread to the edges. Cook until the waffles are golden, about 6-8 minutes, depending on your waffle iron. Repeat with the remaining batter, spraying the iron with cooking spray as needed, until all the waffles have been made. Keep the waffles warm in a 175 degree oven while you cook the eggs.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Crack the eggs in the pan, one at a time, and sprinkle each with salt and pepper. Cook until the edges are done and the center is just set. Turn the heat down to low and cover the pan with a lid. Cook another 2-3 minutes until the egg is cooked but the yolk is still runny. Divide the waffles equally onto four plates and top each one with an egg. Serve immediately.

Bon Appétit!
Thank you to our #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Vidalia Onion Committee, Sage Fruits, Nielsen-Massey, KitchenIQ, and Le Creuset for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own. 

The #BrunchWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up only. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Eight winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #BrunchWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. 

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Cabot Creamery Cooperative is a 1,200 farm family dairy cooperative with members in New England & upstate New York making all natural, award-winning cheeses & the "World's Best Cheddar.”

Prize #4 Vidalia Onion Committee is giving one winner a Martha Stewart Knife Set, cast iron fry pan, cutting board, and fresh Vidalia Onions

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