Savory Sweet Potato Waffles

In my research to find out more about the waffle, I found a rich history emanating from Belgium/Brussels—a less cloying taste than the Americanized waffle found in the freezer section.  Check out this excellent article for an in-depth account.

Since I’m avoiding gluten and sugary foods lately, I wondered if some of the hip sweet potato waffles might be worth exploring. After doing some research and trial and error, I decided to take this Old World waffle and give it a decidedly New World twist, using sweet potatoes, onions, coconut flour, avocado guacamole, and a poached egg.   

Results?  Leave your toaster waffle for the birds and tuck into this hearty, healthy and tasty waffle!

Makes 2 large Belgium/Old World Waffles                                         

(Serves 2-4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and shredded (about 2 C total shredded)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and shredded (about 1 C total)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½  t lime zest (or 1 packet of True Lemon crystalized lemon powder)
  • 2 t crushed cumin seeds (in your mortar and pestle) or 1 t powdered cumin
  • 1 t crushed coriander seeds (in your mortar and pestle) or ½ t powdered coriander
  • ½ t cayenne powder
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • ½ t crushed black pepper
  • 1 T crushed fresh garlic
  • 2 T chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (your choice), plus enough to garnish
  • 2 T EVOO
  • Spray coconut oil to coat the griddle

Plus:

  • Your favorite guacamole
  • Poached eggs (1-2 per person)

Method:

  • Grate the sweet potato by hand or in your food processor
  • Add all the remaining regular ingredients (mix by hand or add it to your food processor)
  • Cook in your waffle maker (use coconut oil to grease it)
  • Serve your crispy waffle, topped with guacamole and a perfectly poached egg (or eggs)
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper, a few sprigs of cilantro

Post Script: 

  • I originally used a large grater for the sweet potatoes and onions.  Everything turned out fine.  However, I think a regular size box grater (or your Cuisnart attachment) would work better.
  • How to keep warm if serving several people?  Plate the waffle on a rack and place in a 200F oven.  Or, just serve serially as they are made.  They really are best when just pried out of your waffle iron.
  • Precook your poached eggs and set aside in ice water.  Reheat in hot water for 1 minute prior to plating.

Stay Briny!

–Stacey

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