I probably have more food addictions than a normal person. Rather than calling them addictions, I choose to call them, "healthy obsessions." Lately, my attention has been on waffles. If you look at my list of recipes, you can clearly see that I am in love with waffles. I enjoy creating different flavored waffles, both savory and sweet. This time my brain was screaming for a savory waffle dish. My latest creation? A combination of eggs florentine and eggs benedict! Here are eggs florentine on bacon and cheese waffles. Now that's what I call a proper breakfast.
Eggs Florentine on Bacon and Cheese Waffles
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 strips bacon
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 egg yolks
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- dash of paprika
- 3 cups spinach
- 2 poached eggs
- Prepare waffle batter. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour - salt). Make a well in the center and add buttermilk, oil, and butter. Let rest for 30 minutes.
- While the batter is resting, cook bacon. Heat nonstick pan over medium heat. Add bacon strips and cook until crisp, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and chop into small pieces.
- Preheat waffle maker. Do not butter or spray non-stick spray on the waffle maker. Pour batter in an even layer and sprinkle half the bacon and cheese on top. Cook waffles until golden brown and cheese have melted.
- Meanwhile, prepare the hollandaise. Pour hot water into a blender. Close the lid and let sit 10 minutes. Drain and dry blender.
- Microwave coconut oil for 30 seconds. Add egg yolks, lemon juice and Dijon in a blender. While the machine is running, slowly pour coconut oil into the mix, letting the sauce emulsify. Continue to blend until thick. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add spinach and saute until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
- Assemble the waffles. Place spinach in the center of each waffle, and top with a poached egg. Finish with hollandaise. Serve.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Ham and cheese is a classic combination: ham and cheese pretzels, ham and cheese sandwich, ham and cheese croissant. Ham and cheese would have made a great waffle, and more in line with the Benedict theme I was going for, but what can I say, I simply wanted that bacon.
I took my basic waffle recipe and tweaked it a bit just by adding cooked bacon and shredded cheese. Pour the batter into your waffle maker and sprinkle with bacon and cheese. You may think the cheese will stick to the waffle maker and create a gooey mess, but the cheese actually molds onto the waffle and creates a lovely crispy, cheesy exterior.
Now for the hollandaise. I have despised making this sauce after making it for 2 weeks straight in culinary school. Every day we were forced to make clarified butter and whip a perfect batch of hollandaise. I quickly began to hate making the sauce, but with this blender method, I despise it no more! This is the fastest method I found to making hollandaise and get this, the sauce has never broken! I swear by this method, not only because of its simplicity but also because it's healthier, using coconut oil instead of butter.
While the waffles are cooking, prepare the toppings. Saute your spinach and poach your eggs. I served only one egg per waffle since it is a pretty filling breakfast.
If your waffles happen to cook faster than the other ingredients, just pop them in the oven to warm them up. Top the waffles with the sauteed spinach, poached egg, and a good drizzle of that hollandaise sauce.
This one serving of eggs florentine on bacon and cheese waffles may not look big but boy was I full! The waffle alone is already delicious, salty, cheesy with the perfect texture, but top with a poached egg and creamy hollandaise, and I'm sold. Would I make this again? Absolutely.
For more breakfast inspiration check out this spicy fried egg sandwich!