Ham and Cheddar Waffle Bread

I’m calling this waffle bread, because people hear waffles, and assume they’re just meant only for breakfast, or for eating with a knife and fork with some type of sauce or syrup (which, let’s be honest, is never a bad thing).  But these savory waffles can be eaten in so many ways; I like to think of them more of a roll or bread.  They’re awesome as a side dish with your favorite soup or chili (my kids like to dip them in tomato or chicken noodle) or you could even sandwich them with smoked turkey, tomatoes and lettuce for a killer sandwich.  Top them with a fried egg and a little side salad for an awesome meal on their own.  They’re super crispy on the outside, and tender and fluffy on the inside, with bits of salty ham, creamy cheese, and flavorful chives.  They’re SO good on their own, and the perfect side for an easy meal.  Plus they’re super fast to whip up, so they can be on the table in a hurry!

Start with some basic dry ingredients: flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and a little dry mustard.
Cheddar Waffles_dry ingredients

Add in some shredded cheddar cheese (I suggest shredding your own from a block as opposed to using bagged, shredded cheese, which doesn’t melt as well).

Cheddar Waffles_Cheese

Throw in some diced deli ham for a flavorful, salty bite (I’ve used bacon before, and it’s amazing),

Cheddar Waffles_ham

and a handful of chopped chives.  (finely sliced green onions would work as well.)

Cheddar Waffles_Chives

Toss that all together and place in a mixing bowl.

Cheddar Waffles_Dry Ingredients with Cheese

Then use that same bowl to mix up your wet ingredients: buttermilk, egg, and oil.

Cheddar Waffles_buttermilk

Mix those together and cook them up in a waffle iron until they’re golden brown.

Cheddar Waffles_Cooking

They’ll be golden and crisp on the outside and so soft and fluffy on the inside.

Cheddar Waffles_Cooked

You’ll definitely want to heat them hot and fresh, so keep them warm in foil, or in a hot oven while you cook all the batter.

Yummy Ham and Cheddar Waffles from Our Best Bites

When you break them open, there will be strands of gooey cheese melting throughout, little bits of the savory ham, and I love, love chives.

Ham and Cheddar Waffles from Our Best Bites

One of my favorite ways to eat these is with a simple fried egg on top.

Ham and Cheddar Waffles with Fried Egg from Our Best BitesCook it over-easy or sunny-side-up and the yolk kind of acts like a sauce.  It’s awesome.

Savory Ham and Cheddar Waffles from Our Best Bites





  1. Thank you so much for the recipe! We had them for dinner and I don’t think I will make just plain waffles again. My whole family loved them!

  2. I would never have thought of doing a savory waffle, but I love a ham & cheese crepe, so I bet these would be awesome. If I wanted to get really fancy I might try them with gruyere instead of cheddar and then they would really be like a crepe. Yum!

  3. Wowee – will make and report back on these for sure. As an aside, one of the most convenient things in our kitchen is a cheap plastic tortilla warmer (like you’d see at a Mexican restaurant to serve your tortillas). They do a great job keeping waffles, biscuits and pancakes warm and soft during mealtime.

  4. Oh yum! I would never have thought of doing a savory waffle but this sounds delicious, and perfect on those days, (everyday) when I don’t want to spend hours on rolls. Thanks!

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