Did you know that March 25th is Waffle Day? There are so many food holidays that every month, when I plan my blog posts, I always refer to Foodimentary.com, a website that catalogs all the food holidays by month. This helps me create recipes that are relevant to different seasons and fun holidays around the world.
Coming back to Waffle day. I researched it a little bit and learned that Waffle Day actually started in Sweden and was meant to celebrate the beginning of spring. What better way to celebrate a new season than with waffles? I mean, the Swedes definitely picked the right dish in my opinion…
For my 22nd birthday, I treated myself to a waffle maker after seeing all the wonderful waffle recipes food bloggers would share on their blogs and social medias. I had not had that many waffles in my life before purchasing a waffle maker, but was obsessed with the idea of getting a machine that would allow me to create a new category of breakfasts.
After I got my waffle maker, I got in a waffle making mania! I would make them literally every single weekend for at least 3 months. I made chocolate waffles, light and crispy waffles, healthy dense waffles, banana waffles, oat waffles, coconut waffles, ricotta waffles, pumpkin waffles, potato waffles (yep, that’s a thing, google it!) and much much more.
Once my waffle mania slowed down a little, I put my waffle machine away, and would only bring it out every month or so. Every time I would use it again after a few weeks away in the cupboard, I would fall in love with waffles all over again. I just love their shape, their lightness and crispiness & the fact that they are like a super upgraded and next level pancake.
Funny enough, in my big waffle making period, I did not really experiment with savoury waffles. You must know that I am much more of a sweet tooth to begin with, but it is still weird that in the midst of all my waffle experiments, I never ONCE thought of making salty waffles.
When I learned it was Waffle Day in March, I knew it was time to get out of my comfort zone and make something I had never made before: SAVOURY WAFFLES!
So here they are: as glorious, as crispy, as delicious as sweet waffles, but adapted for all the savoury-loving people out there!
I decided to make these waffles gluten free simply because I did not have any all-purpose flour on hand and I really wanted these waffles to not be too dense and heavy. Also, the addition of corn meal is really what gives these waffles a more savoury and earthy flavour, not to mention the lovely crumbly, almost corn-bread like, texture it adds.
The toppings I used for these waffles are just a suggestion. As you know by now, I am all for creativity in the kitchen so if you do not have any of the suggested toppings or topping ingredients I mention in this recipe, here are some other suggestions:
- Tomato salsa + guacamole + black bean + fresh cilantro
- Vegan cheese + caramelized onions
- Roasted chickpeas + avocado + cucumbers
- Vegan sour cream + halved cherry tomatoes + fresh basil
Let’s just say that by creating this recipe I have actually changed my preconceived idea that waffles are always meant to be sweet! And I really hope I can do the same with you. So if you are doubting my word, please make this recipe and let me know if you’ve changed your mind!
Also, be sure to share your creations on Instagram by tagging me (@muriellebanackissa).
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