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Chive And Cheddar Buttermilk Waffles And White Gravy

Chive and cheddar buttermilk waffles

Chive and cheddar buttermilk waffles and gravy

This is an old recipe I created for my recipe collection on Food52. It’s sort of Southern, primarily because of the white gravy. Now you may think that waffles are only meant to be eaten with syrup or fruit but they are delicious as a savory dish, I thought this would be nice also for Spring since I use spring onions and chives. It’s delicious with pork chops, topped with a poached egg or eaten alone. I added cheese to the waffle batter along with buttermilk making them tangy. If you have never had white gravy before you are in for a treat, it’s delicious. My Mom always made white gravy with pork chops or chicken fried steak or chicken. This is my take on biscuits and gravy. Diet food, definitely not but nice for a splurge.

Serves 4-6

Gravy:

  • 6 spring onions chopped using the white and light green
  • 6-8 slices thick cut bacon cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbs flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • OPTIONAL: 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary (I like it if I am serving pork chops)
  1. Fry the bacon bits in saute pan until browned, remove from pan and save the fat you will use that for the gravy. Turn flame to med/low and add the spring onion (and optional rosemary) and saute until the onions are soft and translucent then add the flour, whisk until it’s combined with the fat and let cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and add the bacon let cook until it thickens, add salt and pepper. Pour over the waffles and garnish with chives.

Waffles:

  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 1 3/4 -2 cup buttermilk (start with 1 3/4 cup if you need more add if too thick)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the egg yolks, buttermilk and melted butter add the cheddar cheese and chives and stir to combine. In another bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Whip the egg whites until they form a peak, don’t overbeat but they should be quite stiff. Combine the wet and dry ingredients just until almost smooth, now fold in the egg whites. Heat waffle iron, spray with cooking spray or brush with oil or butter and cook the waffles according to the directions for your waffle maker.
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  1. My grandma always called white gravy “Milk Gravy” . . . I crave it when I need comfort food! This looks yummy!

    April 18, 2013
    • Yes my Grandma called it milk gravy also and it was always served with fried chicken or pork chops. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods. Thank you!

      April 18, 2013
  2. Ooh this…I NEED to make this. Looks so good. Is it bad if I eat the gravy out of a bowl with a spoon? Lol. I love the idea of a poached egg topped pork chop with gravy.

    April 18, 2013
    • Oh I could eat white gravy with a spoon it is just so good. This is really indulgent but so good. Thank you so much Tina.

      April 18, 2013
  3. I would love to try white gravy my friend, this looks delicious 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

    April 18, 2013
    • Yes you can do the white gravy without the bacon, it’s more like a bechamel but can be flavored with herbs and it would be wonderful! Thank you so much.

      April 18, 2013
  4. A savory waffle? Intriguing and tasty sounding!

    April 18, 2013
    • It’s very tasty thanks so much! I resisted at first but then thought biscuits and gravy are great why not waffles!!

      April 18, 2013
  5. This would be absolutely beautiful for brunch and it is one of my faves. Great savory!

    April 18, 2013
  6. I would eat waffles this way much more than the sweet way. I too am a big fan of white gravy. I’ve been making it for years. The waffles with the cheese and chives though, that is just pure genius!! If you were here right now I would just hug you for giving me the idea to make these!

    April 18, 2013
    • Oh thank you so much, virtual hug to you!! I love waffles, LOVE white gravy and the two together are pretty heavenly, throw in some cheese and chives and bacon and yes it’s pretty darn good!!

      April 18, 2013
  7. Chive and cheddar waffles? Oh my, sounds like pure decadence, Suzanne!

    April 18, 2013
    • Thanks Hannah, it’s definitely decadent and something I will have occasionally but they are great comfort food.

      April 18, 2013
  8. This dish, especially the white gravy reminds me of my time in Texas 🙂
    Thanks for bringing back good memories and of course for sharing this recipe!

    April 18, 2013
    • Thanks Julian, one of my favorite foods when I lived in Texas was chicken fried steak with white gravy. Thanks so much.

      April 18, 2013
      • Don’t even get me started on chicken fried steak with white gravy! It’s so good. Do you have a recipe for chicken fried steak that you can recommend?

        April 19, 2013
      • Yes I do, it’s so delicious. I will email to you! Honestly, one of my southern favorites.

        April 19, 2013
      • Thank you Suzanne!

        April 19, 2013
  9. azita houshiar #

    This looks mouthwatering! And definition of comfort food. I also really like the idea of savory waffles specially with a poached egg. Yum.

    April 18, 2013
  10. I think the only kind of southern cooking I’ve ever done is cornbread! Yikes, need to expand my repertoire! The gravy and waffles looks so yummy-never had a savoury waffle before! 😉

    April 18, 2013
    • Ha! Well cornbread is really good, I really don’t have a great repertoire of southern food at all, fried chicken and a few others but I do love it. Thanks so much Christina.

      April 19, 2013
  11. I have never tried savory waffles, but they sound fantastic!

    April 19, 2013
    • Thank you so much, it really is nice I hope you give it try sometime.

      April 19, 2013
  12. Oh my goodness : this photo makes my mouth watering so hard…. I’ve never eat something like this but it sounds really delicious !! I love cheddar and here in France I’ve never ate cheddar as good as the one I eat in America (and I miss it a lot) !! This dish looks amazing !! It’s just 10 a.m here I’ve just finished my breakfast but now I’m starving !!

    April 19, 2013
    • Thank you, I am sure you have never had anything like this, but you really should give it a try, a taste of my version of southern American cuisine. I would love to know what you think if you ever did try.

      April 19, 2013
  13. I was looking at the chives in my mini-garden and wondering what to do with them next… What a great excuse! Waffles! 😛

    April 19, 2013
    • Thanks Alex, yes fantastic in waffles and when you mix some cheese in the batter too, its wonderful.

      April 19, 2013
  14. Yummies. Throw some fried chicken on there for some real extra southern cookin’! 🙂

    April 19, 2013
  15. Savory waffles! ….my mom use to make white gravy! I recall…bacon fat?! These look great! A comforting breakfast!

    April 19, 2013
    • Yes bacon fat, it’s so good and really great on these waffles.

      April 19, 2013
      • LOL, not condoning smearing the waffles with bacon fat but making the white gravy with it!!

        April 19, 2013
  16. Gorgeous comfort food! Yum!

    April 19, 2013
  17. foxeslovelemons #

    Yes! I love savory waffles! There’s a Belgian-ish place near my house that serves something called a Leuven waffle – a savory waffle topped with roasted chicken and vegetables, and a white gravy flavored with mushrooms and garlic. SO GOOD!

    April 19, 2013
    • There can be resistance to the idea of a savory waffle but they are so delicious. Thank you so much!

      April 20, 2013
  18. I love the sound of this – I’ve always thought of waffles as sweet but this sounds delicious. And your recipe for white gravy sounds mouth-watering. Definitely one to try (if I can manage to make wheat-free waffles!)…

    April 20, 2013
    • Oh you can certainly make wheat free, you are a master at blendiing flours. Thank you so much.

      April 20, 2013
  19. This sounds so delicious! I would love to try white gravy!

    April 21, 2013
  20. Okay, those sound AMAZING! High on my “must try” list! And me with a new waffle maker and everything!

    April 21, 2013
    • Thank you so much, oh a new waffle maker, yay!! I just love my kitchen gadgets.

      April 21, 2013
  21. I’ve been out of town in a wedding, so I’m just seeing this! This looks so rich and comforting…I absolutely love waffles, but never had a savory version. It sounds divine Suzanne!

    April 22, 2013
  22. I love your unique take on waffle. Definitely want to try your southern savory version. 🙂

    April 22, 2013
    • Thank you so much, it really is good if you decide to give it a try, Definitely different from your regular sweet waffles.

      April 22, 2013
  23. This looks like such a comforting dish to make! I love this twist on waffles. I’m definitely thinking breakfast for dinner 🙂

    April 22, 2013
    • It really is but something I wouldn’t make very often comforting can =fattening so it’s an indulgence. It really is good though and makes a great dinner. Thank you so much.

      April 22, 2013
  24. Oh my! This looks awesome! 🙂 I haven’t really ever made savory waffles but have seen recipes I have wanted to try…like this one 😉

    April 23, 2013
    • Thank you it is delicious. Would love to know what beer you would pair with this!!

      April 23, 2013
      • Well, because of the gravy I might go with something on the lighter side…a bock beer would be tasty with it which has more flavor but a lager body making it not too heavy 🙂

        April 23, 2013
      • Next time I make this for brunch I am going to pair with the bock beer. Thank you so much!

        April 23, 2013
  25. I love the savory ways with waffles. This looks terrific!

    April 23, 2013
    • Thank you so much, I also love savory waffles it’s a nice change from the way we usually enjoy them.

      April 23, 2013
  26. I cannot wait to make this…

    April 23, 2013
  27. I have never tried making savory waffles and watching this delightful meal you made I can see what I am missing! This is something I definitely want to try!

    April 24, 2013
  28. Oh my gosh. This looks so delicious. I’ve never eaten savoury waffles before (I think Australians haven’t quite caught on to the idea) but the combination of the white gravy and waffles sounds amazing. I definitely need to try these. Like, soon! Perfect for our Autumnish weather over here. Thanks lovely! xx

    April 25, 2013
    • I forget that those on the other side of our great big beautiful world are experiencing fall and the foreshadowing of winter. This is perfect comfort food for a chilly blustery day. Thank you so much!

      April 25, 2013
  29. Very delicious! Absolutely love white gravy. Lived in Louisiana a few years ago and they had some really good white gravy there! Will see if I can prepare your waffles (I’m not that good of a chef unfortunately..)

    April 26, 2013
    • Waffles are as simple to prepare as pancakes, the only difference is the waffle maker. I am sure you are more accomplished than you think you are. Thank you so much, it’s a delicious combination and in a pinch you can always do Eggo.

      April 27, 2013
  30. These waffles are fantastic suzanne!! Wow! Love all that white gravy over top. Scrumptious!

    April 28, 2013
    • Thank you so much, I love white gravy,over biscuits or waffles its so good.

      April 29, 2013
  31. Waffles and cream gravy are a real southern treat…yours sound terrific.

    April 29, 2013
  32. Are you kidding me with this recipe? It just knocked my socks off. Going to try this very very soon, maybe a weekend brunch?

    April 29, 2013
    • Thank you so much, if you do try please let me know what you think. BTW, you inspired me to forage, I found 3 violet plants but thats not enough to forage and did find some dandelions!!

      April 29, 2013
  33. Great gravy… I am thinking about doing chicken-fried steak this week. This would be great on top 🙂

    April 29, 2013

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