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Cornbread Waffles with Bacon and Cheddar

Savoury Cornbread Waffles with Bacon and Cheddar, a delicious and posh breakfast or brunch. Filling enough to be served on their own, these waffles are a big hit with the whole family. They can also be added to your kids’ lunch box for a nutritious lunch, making back to school easy peasy. Ready in under 30 minutes.

Overhead shoot of a white plate with 5 cornbread waffles garnished with chopped parsley

If you like cornbread, you will absolutely fall in love with these cornbread waffles, or cornmeal waffles, if you like. I know cornbread becomes one big favourite in Fall, alongside everything pumpkin, sweet potatoes etc, but I see no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy them all year around.

In Romania, polenta, which is made of cornmeal, is a sample food, and it’s usually served with lots of traditional meat-based or vegetarian main dishes. It might be cheap, and simple, but what a great side this is. Not to mention that it’s so easy to make too.

Now, waffles come in all sorts of flavours and shapes. The sweet ones are probably the favourite, with the Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Waffles Recipe being one of my favourite. The sky is the limit when it comes to toppings for your waffles, you can choose anything you like.

But, if you don’t have a sweet tooth, or you’d rather go for a hearty savoury breakfast, these cornbread waffles are all you need. They’ve got bacon, cheese, egg, what a complete meal to keep you full and happy for the rest of the day!

You like it of not, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why ruin it with some highy-processed cereal that bring you no benefit?

Collage of 6 photos to show step-by-step instructions how to make Cornbread Waffles with Bacon and Cheddar

Don’t think the savoury waffles are more complicated than the sweet ones. They are as simple, less all the sugar and stuff. You can leave the bacon out for a vegetarian version, or replace it with chicken or pulled pork if you don’t like bacon.

I love my heart-shaped waffles, they have a nice size, if you are after portion control, and bring a nice touch if you cook for your other half. After all, love goes through the stomach, and food is always the right way if you want to win a man’s heart.

But any kind of waffle maker would do, you will probably end up with bigger, and less waffles than I did, but there should not be a massive difference anyway. If you cook for a larger family, just double up the ingredients, they do disappear quickly, I wolved down 3-4 straight away.

Now, I can only estimate how long they need to be cooked, I guess it does depend on your waffle maker, and how hot it is. I tend to check on them every one-two minutes, just to see how they look, my guess is that they should not need longer than 5-7 minutes to be ready.

Close-up shoot of Cornbread Waffles with Bacon and Cheddar

If you like a rather large breakfast, you can also add a nice poached or fried egg on the side, some chilli for a spicy kick, and even some avocadoes, to make them extra healthy and nutritious.

But, as I said, I was super full after having a few, and to be honest, I wouldn’t add too many other ingredients to my plate first thing in the morning. I do like to leave some room for a big cup of tea, which is usually the highlight of my morning.

They go down a treat with kids too, my little ones loved them, which usually means that they really are nice. If you are after school lunch ideas, I can assure you these cornbread waffles will be everyone’s favourite. They are mess free, and keep well in a plastic container.

I am not quite sure if they freeze well, I have not tried yet, but if you make a large batch, they should be fine in the fridge for about 2 days, I don’t tend to keep cooked food in there for too long, mainly because the poor fridge is forever loaded, and space is always a problem.

But one thing is sure, these waffles are a must try, I will definitely make them again and again, especially since Fall is one month away only. Time flies, it really does!

A fork showing a piece of cornbread waffle with a white plate and a waffle in the background

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Overhead shoot of a white plate with 5 savoury cornbread waffles
Savoury Cornbread Waffles with Bacon and Cheddar
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Cornbread Waffles with Bacon and Cheddar, a delicious and posh breakfast or brunch. Filling enough to be served on their own, these waffles are a big hit with the whole family. They can also be added to your kids' lunch box for a nutritious lunch, making back to school easy peasy.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: International
Keyword: savory waffles
Servings: 12 waffles
Calories: 151 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 250 ml water
  • 100 g cornmeal
  • 80 g butter
  • 250 ml full-fat milk
  • 130 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon lardons
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  1. Bring the water to a boil, then add the cornmeal gradually mixing well to avoid lumps.

  2. Continue to mix for one-two minutes, then remove from the heat, and add the butter cut into cubes.

  3. Mix well until the butter is fully incorporated, then add the milk and continue to mix until it has a smooth consistency.

  4. Add the flour, baking powder, lightly-beaten egg, cooked bacon, parsley and cheese, and mix everything to get a thicker batter.

  5. Heat up the waffle maker, and add one or two spoonfuls, depending how big your maker is.

  6. Leave to cook for about 5 minutes or so, checking regularly to make sure they don't overcook. You should get a nice golden /golden brown colour.

  7. Serve hot or cold.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Savoury Cornbread Waffles with Bacon and Cheddar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Potassium 92mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.4%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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