I probably have more food addictions than a normal person should have. Granted, I rotate between these addictions, sometimes craving burgers every day, sometimes cereal, other times eggs. 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. Bacon and cheese waffles, you say? Yes, bacon and cheese waffles – with a poached egg, spinach, and hollandaise! Now that’s what I call a proper breakfast.
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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.
Saute your spinach, poach your egg, drizzle the sauce and serve. This one serving may not look like a big portion 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.
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