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Bacon Cheddar Cornmeal Waffles

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Smoky bacon and cheddar cheese are mixed with corn grits to make the most mouth-watering waffles!
Course Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, breakfast, brunch, cheddar, cornmeal, grits, maple syrup, waffles
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Additional Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 8 servings
Calories 284
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 3/4 cup coarse cornmeal or polenta
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 slices thick-cut bacon diced and cooked
  • 1/2 (heaping) cup sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated


  • In a large bowl measure and add the coarse cornmeal. Pour the cup of boiling water over the grits and stir to combine. Let the cornmeal sit for 15 minutes until cooled.
  • Meanwhile in a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Then crack and add two large eggs, the melted (and cooled) butter and whisk to combine.
  • Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and the cup of milk and stir. Lastly add in the cooked bacon and the grated cheddar cheese and stir to combine.
  • Lightly spray the waffle iron. Once preheated, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour batter into each waffle section. Close and cook the waffles for 3-5 minutes until the edges are slightly crispy.
  • Remove the finished waffles to a sheet pan and slide them in a preheated 200 degree oven to keep warm while you make the remaining waffles. Stir the batter in between batches so the cornmeal and bacon don't sink to the bottom.
  • Serve these pancakes with a pat of butter and warm maple syrup.


Serving: 2waffles | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1mg