Cheddar cornmeal waffle BLTAs



When a birthday rolls around, there’s an occasion to build a culinary creation that you’d never normally eat. One that’s unique enough to surprise the guest of honor, and one that’s just greasy enough to make you feel a little naughty when taking a bite. After all, what fun is it if you can’t indulge on your birthday? So to celebrate Lucas’s birthday with a meal that goes all out, I made a play on the comforting soul food dish, chicken and waffles. If delicious with fried chicken, waffles would surely taste even better with crispy bacon…because, well, they’re both served for breakfast and we now know that bacon pairs beautifully with just about anything. Plus, Lucas never met a strip of bacon he didn’t like, so it felt like a natural birthday meal theme. Now if only I could have found bacon streamers, balloons, and bouquets

When he walked in and saw our landlady’s waffle maker on the counter, Lucas giddily exclaimed that he knew what on the menu: chicken and waffles. When I plated the crispy, juicy, sweet, and salty cheddar cornmeal waffle BLTA, he professed that I’d one-upped his expectations. I grew up on BLTs; in fact, my dad wanted it put on record that he didn’t just feed us milkshakes and popcorn when mom was out of town, but he also made a pretty badass BLT. True story. Swapping out bread for cheddar waffles, this BLTA (a for avocado) is unlike one I’ve ever eaten before. Even though your thighs probably wouldn’t be too happy if you ate this sandwich everyday, it’s a pretty mind-blowing combination to savor every once in a while. One that I’m sure my dad, BLT maker extraordinaire, is definitely drooling over right now (along with you and all of my other bacon-lovin’ friends…Zach, I’m looking at you).

Imagine biting down into a sweet and savory fluffy waffle with a salty crunch from perfectly oven-baked bacon. The tomatoes’ sweet, sour, and savory balance perfectly melds the seemingly opposing components, making every bite expose layers of complementary flavors you never thought possible. Now that I know waffles can taste this good, I’m lucky I don’t own a waffle iron or we’d eat this sinful special occasion sandwich way too often. For now, I’ll spend my time dreaming up new waffle sandwich combinations. Maybe next time I’ll make a chocolate ganache and crispy bacon filled sweet waffle? Hungry yet? Thought so. Now go dust off the waffle maker and treat yourself to this strangely yummy sandwich.

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  1. Tina says:

    Yum yum yum! Make me some!

  2. Veronica says:

    Perfect Sandwich!!

  3. Sheri says:

    Looks wonderful!!

  4. This is a great idea! I am going to add it to my “try me” file and see if it might work at the plantation!

  5. recipenewzr says:

    What an original idea – love it :-)

  6. chris johnson says:

    nice job, stealing this one for sure!

  7. Tara Noland says:

    This looks so good I am going to add it to my Mouth Watering Mondays post. Come on by to see it tomorrow at Cheers, Tara

  8. sara says:

    YUM, this looks amazing! Love the idea of using a waffle for a sandwich, and this one looks so delicious!

  9. Gourmantine says:

    A sandwich with waffles?! How cool is that, so original and out of the ordinary :)

  10. emily says:

    These look so good! I’m a huge BLTA fan, and the cheddar waffle idea is genius! Beautiful photos!

  11. cindy says:

    yes! I love a waffle and a BLTA, these sound amazing and LOOK so pretty too!

  12. Suzanne says:

    what a genius idea here to make this sandwich on waffles made with cornmeal.

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