Several weeks ago I did a post about an event in Denver that I was invited to with other local bloggers that was held at D Bar Desserts in Denver for the Tillamook Loaf Love Tour. Although I admit I was most interested in
begging asking the chef for this Lemon Drop Martini recipe; I could not quite forget the amazing burger we had that night with cheese and herb waffles used for the bread. The chef used a variety of herbs and some pimento cheese for his ‘burger buns’ and it was amazing. Still, I had to do my own thing right?
I procured the most amazing tomatoes when I visited Denver Urban Homesteading on Saturday. Though I arrived a bit late and missed some vendors, I totally scored with the MAIN thing I wanted to find? Some locally grown Heirloom tomatoes, Perfectly ripe and juicy, the two of them weighed in at more than a pound apiece with slices the size of your palm…absolutely perfect!
With some green onion in the mix, my own bacon at the ready and the last of my basil harvested, I was on a mission! Of course you don’t have to cure your own bacon but a nice thick cut works well here. As much as I love tomatoes, I simply don’t eat them during the winter when they are so terrible; I know it’s getting close to ‘no tomatoes’ time and I’m on the hunt for as many ways to use them as possible…and I have to say this was such a good choice!
Though I had great intentions of re-creating those waffles from that beautiful summer night in Denver; the notion had been pretty much lost and forgotten until the planning stages for the second #TwelveLoaves challenge. If you have joined us before you know the drill. We simply provide a theme each month for you to use in some way in the making of a type of bread. For this month? Can you say Cheese? Yes…cheese! Cheese waffles came to mind for me but for you?
Although our group is called Twelve Loaves, our intent is to inspire beyond just a loaf of bread. Make something, anything in the bread family…just use the theme ingredient each month. Need some ideas beyond a loaf of yeast or quick bread? How about pizza or focaccia; how perfect are they for a cheesy something? Scones, popovers, biscuits, muffins and obviously waffles or pancakes fit the bill. Love bread sticks? Those too. Now you can do exactly what we did but if you’re as inclined as I am to go a bit crazy with just an idea…have fun with it!
Check out the specifics after the recipe; we would love to have you join us!
- 2 eggs (separated)2 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or add 1 tsp of lemon juice to regular milk and let it sit for 5 min)
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- 1/4 cup of green onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup of grated cheese (I used Tillamook White Cheddar - so good!)
- 8 Waffles
- 8 pieces of lettuce
- 4 large tomato slices or the equivalent
- Salt and Pepper
- 12-16 slices of crisp bacon
- Mayonnaise (or my favorite...I combine mayonnaise with some whole grain mustard; approximately 2 Tbsp of Mayo combined with 1 tsp of mustard)
- Basil leaves for garnish
- Beat the egg whites until just firm; set aside.
- Add all the dry ingredients to a clean mixing bowl; whisk to combine.
- Beat the egg yolks and add them to the milk.
- Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry onesl
- Add melted butter and beat on low until just combined.
- Ad the shredded cheese and the green onion and mix in.
- Fold the egg whites into the mix and stir gently until just combined.
- Preheat your waffle iron. Add batter and cook according to manufacturers' directions.
- One waffle
- Slice of lettuce
- Tomato slice (salt and pepper the tomato)
- Dab on some Mayonnaise
- Slice of lettuce
- Second waffle
You want to join us right? Here’s our guidelines:
- Please make sure that your Bread is inspired by each month’s theme (Cheese for September); this is obligatory if you would like your link to be included!
- Have your #TwelveLoaves bread that you baked this September, 2012 posted on your blog by September 30, 2012.
- When you post your #TwelveLoaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the #TwelveLoaves challenge in your post and include links to this month’s leaders; moi (Barb) at Creative Culinary, Lora at Cake Duchess and Jamie at Lifes A Feast.
- Don’t forget to include your post in the roundup using the Link Tool at the bottom of my post!
We’re all on Twitter too – Barb @CreativCulinary, Jamie @lifesafeast, and Lora @cakeduchess! Chat about your project, ask us questions and be sure to tweet us your contribution using the #TwelveLoaves hashtag. Can’t wait to see what everyone does!