Potato, Cheddar & Chive Waffles (vegan option)

Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Waffles are a ‘thing’ at our house. Now, I’ve had the same old waffle iron since my university days (translation: a long time ago), so was rather thrilled to get a new top-of-the-line Breville Smart Waffle Maker from Best Buy Canada!  They have so many to choose from, but this one caught my eye.  Kind of like the Cadillac of waffle irons, consider me sold.

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I wanted to make something different from my usual waffle, and figured that since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner that I would make an Irish-inspired waffle.  And what is more Irish than potato, cheddar and chive, I ask?

These savoury waffles are a breeze to whip up, ESPECIALLY in this new waffle iron!  This Breville Smart Waffle Maker has four different pre-programmed heat settings tailored to different waffle styles, and cooked these perfectly (they don’t call it a ‘smart’ waffle maker for nothing)!  With zero sticking (or clean up) this iron cooks the waffle to a crispy golden brown around the edges.  These waffles are amazing just on their own, no toppings needed.  Of course, they also make the perfect canvas for an egg, and may be just the treat you need for the day after St. Paddy’s Day if you happened to enjoy it a bit too much;).

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As a challenge I took a stab at making these waffles vegan…and they were really good!  The vegan option is at the bottom should you feel so inclined!

I made full-sized waffles out of these using about 3/4 c. of batter for each waffle, but I loved them even more when I used about 1/3 c. of batter per waffle and dropped the batter in a small circle in the centre of each waffle form.  It made the cutest little rustic round savoury waffles that were a perfect size!

Makes 4-5 full-sized waffles 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 c. warm mashed potatoes (I used russet)
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 c. shredded old cheddar

 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper and mix with a whisk.  In a separate medium sized bowl combine the remaining ingredients and add it to the flour mixture. Stir with a large spoon or rubber spatula just until the wet ingredients are incorporated with the dry.  The batter will be fairly stiff.
  2. Preheat the Breville Smart Waffle Maker to the ‘buttermilk’ setting, or simply preheat your waffle maker as per the instructions should you not have a Breville brand.  Once it is heated (it will chime to indicate this), drop your batter in the centre of each waffle form.  For full-sized waffles use about 3/4 c. of batter for each waffle.  For mini rustic looking waffles use about 1/3 c. of batter per waffle and drop the batter in a small circle in the centre of each waffle form.
  3. Cook the waffles until the waffle iron indicates that they are done.  Serve immediately alone, with a dollop of plain full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream, or with an egg on top and a sprinkle of fresh chives for garnish.  You can freeze these for up to one month and heat them in the toaster as well.

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VEGAN POTATO CHIVE WAFFLES

It was so much fun experimenting with this recipe to make it vegan.  I used nutritional yeast to give it the ‘cheese’ flavour, but of course I love that it adds a healthy dose of Vitamin B12, which is needed if you follow a vegan diet.  The texture is a bit different versus the non-vegan recipe, but the taste is pretty much identical.  I found that I needed to cook these waffles longer than the traditional version, just a heads up!

Makes 4-5 full-sized waffles

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 c. nutritional yeast (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 c. warm mashed potatoes (I used russet)
  • 6 Tbsp. melted vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds (I used white chia seeds from Prana)
  • 6 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives, plus extra for garnish

 

Directions:

  1. Using a small blender or clean coffee bean grinder, process the chia seeds until they are finely ground.  Place the chia seeds in a small bowl and stir in the water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and mix with a whisk. In a separate medium sized bowl, combine the remaining ingredients along with the chia seed mixture, stir well, and add it to the flour mixture. Stir the batter with a large spoon or rubber spatula just until the wet ingredients are incorporated with the dry.  The batter will be fairly stiff.
  3. Preheat the Breville Smart Waffle Maker to the ‘buttermilk’ setting, or simply preheat your waffle maker as per the instructions should you not have a Breville brand.  Once it is heated (it will chime to indicate this), drop your batter in the centre of each waffle form.  For full-sized waffles use about 3/4 c. of batter for each waffle.  For mini rustic looking waffles use about 1/3 c. of batter per waffle and drop the batter in a small circle in the centre of each waffle form.
  4. Cook the waffles until the waffle iron indicates that they are done, and press the ‘a bit more’ button three additional times (these take longer to cook versus a traditional waffle).  Serve the waffles immediately either as-is, with a dollop of plain full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream, or with an egg on top and a sprinkle of fresh chives for garnish.  You can freeze these for up to one month and heat them in the toaster as well.

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Thank you Best Buy Canada for sponsoring this post!  I was gifted this waffle iron from Best Buy Canada in order to create this recipe. All opinions are my own.

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8 Comments on “Potato, Cheddar & Chive Waffles (vegan option)”

  1. Marta

    These were ah-maxing!!! Made these tonight to go along with a beef stew for St. Paddy’s Day and they were a huge hit! Made them smaller & more rustic looking like you suggested. Yum!!

  2. Brooke

    Made these the other night and they were an absolute hit! Planning on having them for Easter Dinner as well 🙂

  3. Amy

    First o all, your pictures are superb. The second I saw them, I started craving for those tiny little wafflies.

    In fact, I just recently understood that not all waffles are vegan. And I am vegan. So I stopped eating them in restaurants.

    After reading this article veganmeter.com/are-waffles-vegan/ I decided I will make them by myself.

    I did not have the waffle maker, so I bought one (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006JKZN) and started experimenting. I made 2 tries and everything went better than I expected. Now I will get the ingredients and try your recipe.

    Thanks 😉

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