The New Ham and Cheese Sandwich... With Waffles!

Romulo YanesRomulo Yanesby Matt Ehrlich, Bon Appétit

Everyone loves ham. Everyone loves cheese. Everyone loves waffles.
(This post is obviously not for gluten-free vegans.)

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As we were saying: ham, cheese, waffles. When thrown together, it's no surprise that they're part of the popular crowd--our March issue Ham-and-Cheese Waffles have been a hit. Singer/songwriter Michelle Branch even tweeted "Um, @bonappetit is trying to kill me with ham and cheese waffles." Apparently we struck a chord with her. (Chord! Get it?)

See also: The Ultimate Sticky Bun Recipe
Ham and Cheese Waffles
Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup soda water
  • Non-stick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 cup thinly-cut strips of ham
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
  • Maple syrup
Special Equipment
  • Waffle maker

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 300°. Heat waffle iron until very hot. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until medium-soft peaks form. Whisk egg yolks, melted butter, buttermilk, and soda water in a medium bowl; gradually whisk into dry ingredients. Fold in egg whites.
  • Coat waffle iron with non-stick vegetable oil spray. Pour batter onto iron, spreading it into corners (amount of batter needed will vary according to machine). Scatter 1 rounded Tbsp. ham and 1 Tbsp. white cheddar over each waffle. Cook until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a baking sheet; keep waffles warm in oven between batches. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.

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