Crispy Waffle Nachos

It was taco Thursday the other night. I know, I know. Typically you have that whole taco Tuesday thing going on, but let’s be honest, sometimes we never hit that mark due to schedules, etc, and who could not eat nachos any day of the week, right? As my kids typically would yell out their go to dinner idea (bacon burger, hot dogs, steak), my wife always leans towards nachos. So nachos it was. I’m the one who loads those nachos up. My kids are typically meat and cheese, and I force them to go for the lettuce or avocado, and my wife is pretty good at loading her’s up with the exception of things like olives and jalapeños. With that said, I had some nacho ingredients left over, and the following day my expectation was to use those up for breakfast.

Waffle Nachos Recipe

As I had set out the leftovers in the morning, my initial thought was to scramble everything up into some sort of nacho omelette, but that’s when the idea sparked, and hence came the crispy waffle nachos!

Talk about the best breakfast, possibly ever. You get the sweetness from the crips waffle, and the savoriness from all of the leftover nacho ingredients. Did I mention bacon?

Let’s get started.

Ingredients for the Waffle:

  • 1 cup of Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete pancake mix
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter

Now I am going to let you decide on how you want to load up your nachos, as this becomes a personal preference by many. Regardless, here is what I used to give you some sort of roadmap in building your own.

Ingredients for the Nachos:

  • 1 cup of shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup of cooked corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked ground seasoned ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (reserve some of the bacon grease and keep the skillet)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 whole Jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • your favorite hot sauce, to your liking
  • waffle iron

Now if you want to take the easy route and use up frozen Eggo brand waffles, so be it, but if you have a waffle iron, then make your own. They are better, and better is good.

Start by mixing your waffle ingredients, and mix until everything is incorporated. Add in half of the cooked and crumbled bacon, and all of the minced garlic, and give another mix. Let this rest for about 5 minutes.

Next, heat your waffle iron, on high heat. Spray just a bit of cooking spray onto eat of the griddles.

Prepare the rest of your ingredients.

Ladle in the waffle batter, close and let the waffle cook. The addition of the melted butter will get these waffle nice and golden crisp.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

How to make waffle nachos

 

Once the waffle is fully cooked, and crisp, remove it from the waffle iron, and place into the skillet with some of the reserved bacon grease. We are going to finish this in the oven to get the cheese, and other ingredients nice and warmed through.

Start building your waffle nachos.

Add most of the the cheese to the top of the waffle, along with the ground beef, red onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, and remaining bacon. Top with any remaining cheese to hold everything together, and place into the preheated oven for about 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.

Remember, use your hot mit to remove the skillet from the oven. Mentally it’s easy to just think you can grab the handle of the skillet, but do not do that!

Once removed, slide the waffle onto your serving plate, and finish with the green onions, fresh cilantro, and the hot sauce.

Crispy Waffle Nachos

 

Time to dig in! Talk about a masterpiece in nacho town, this thing was awesome. I’m kind of glad no one was around at the time because I tore into this thing. You get the crispy waffle and everything you love about the nacho, but the sweetness of the waffle itself really set this one apart from the others. This would be a perfect brunch idea as well. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Crispy Waffle Nachos
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Recipe type: Appetizers, Brunch
Cuisine: Nachos
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Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for the Waffle:
  • 1 cup of Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete pancake mix
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • Ingredients for the Nachos:
  • 1 cup of shredded colby jack cheese
  • ¼ cup of cooked corn kernels
  • ¼ cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup cooked ground seasoned ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (reserve some of the bacon grease and keep the skillet)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ whole Jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • your favorite hot sauce, to your liking
  • waffle iron
Instructions
  1. Now if you want to take the easy route and use up frozen Eggo brand waffles, so be it, but if you have a waffle iron, then make your own. They are better, and better is good.
  2. Start by mixing your waffle ingredients, and mix until everything is incorporated. Add in half of the cooked and crumbled bacon, and all of the minced garlic, and give another mix. Let this rest for about 5 minutes.
  3. Next, heat your waffle iron, on high heat. Spray just a bit of cooking spray onto eat of the griddles.
  4. Prepare the rest of your ingredients.
  5. Ladle in the waffle batter, close and let the waffle cook. The addition of the melted butter will get these waffles nice and golden crisp.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Once the waffle is fully cooked, and crisp, remove it from the waffle iron, and place into the skillet with some of the reserved bacon grease. We are going to finish this in the oven to get the cheese, and other ingredients nice and warmed through.
  8. Start building your waffle nachos.
  9. Add most of the the cheese to the top of the waffle, along with the ground beef, red onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, and remaining bacon. Top with any remaining cheese to hold everything together, and place into the preheated oven for about 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.
  10. Remember, use your hot mit to remove the skillet from the oven. Mentally it’s easy to just think you can grab the handle of the skillet, but do not do that!
  11. Once removed, slide the waffle onto your serving plate, and finish with the green onions, fresh cilantro, and the hot sauce.

 

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Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger

A mouthful not only in the title of this one, but a delicious mouthful when biting into this mammoth of a burger.  There are always different ways to serve up burgers, and for the last year or so I have been going with the smashed burger route on a large cast iron skillet. I’ve said it before, but anytime I ask my kids what they would like to eat, the oldest always shouts out ‘burgers’. As my wife had other plans to help out with her parents this past weekend, I decided to opt-in on the burger suggestion as it was only going to be me and my son hanging out that night.

So, as I went to the store to shop for the ingredients, I decided that I would get some nice rolls from the bakery. I was going to buy two of these awesome butter top buns that are just perfect when holding up to big, juicy burgers, but then something grabbed my attention; the asiago jalapeno bagel. I’ve never thought of using a bagel as the bun, but now after experimenting with it, I’m sold.

Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger

Now you can go any direction with your burger, whether plain, cheese, onions, etc, but I thought this one worked out well.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients: (makes one serving)

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 3/4 inch sliced red onion
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • head lettuce to your liking
  • 1 Asiago Jalapeno Bagel, sliced
  • pickles to your liking
  • brown gravy, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Start by forming your patty and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. While those rest, prepare the rest of your ingredients, as well as get your charcoal lit for your grill. If you are not using charcoal, then use your gas grill, or stove and large skillet. Again, no preference here.

Once your grill is nice and hot, add the burger. Cook to your desired temperature (I prefer medium with a bit of warm pink in the center), but when you flip, add the American cheese to get it nice and melted.

I also place the onion on the grill for a few minutes, as well as the asiago jalapeno bagel to warm those through.

asiago-jalapeno-bagel-burger-ingredients

Now I stated brown gravy. If you don’t have any, don’t worry (but it did give a nice, additional flavor to this burger. I only used it because I had some leftover from making my poutine potato skins.

Let’s build this burger.

Take the bottom part of your bagel and smear the warm brown gravy onto it. Add the sliced red onion, the bacon, the burger, the lettuce, and then a couple of pickles. Top with the top of the bagel, press down, then get into this thing.

I was blown away with every bite. The bagel in itself was exceptionally good, but the combination of all of this, along with some of that mild bite from the jalapeno, just made this one of my favorite burgers. I’ve made enough in my time, but seriously this is up there as being on of my top favorites. So the next time you are cooking burgers, think of the bagel as the bun. It was a real game changer. I hope you enjoy!

Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb ground chuck
  • ¾ inch sliced red onion
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • head lettuce to your liking
  • 1 Asiago Jalapeno Bagel, sliced
  • pickles to your liking
  • brown gravy, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by forming your patty and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. While those rest, prepare the rest of your ingredients, as well as get your charcoal lit for your grill. If you are not using charcoal, then use your gas grill, or stove and large skillet. Again, no preference here.
  2. Once your grill is nice and hot, add the burger. Cook to your desired temperature (I prefer medium with a bit of warm pink in the center), but when you flip, add the American cheese to get it nice and melted.
  3. I also place the onion on the grill for a few minutes, as well as the asiago jalapeno bagel to warm those through.
  4. Now I stated brown gravy. If you don’t have any, don’t worry (but it did give a nice, additional flavor to this burger. I only used it because I had some leftover from making my poutine potato skins.
  5. Let’s build this burger.
  6. Take the bottom part of your bagel and smear the warm brown gravy onto it. Add the sliced red onion, the bacon, the burger, the lettuce, and then a couple of pickles. Top with the top of the bagel, press down, then get into this thing.

 

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Bacon Wrapped Fatty

I know the name of this recipe is pretty hilarious, but recently I joined an online barbecue forum, and everyone was talking about the ‘fatty’. I can see why they call it that, most likely due to all of the bacon, and pork, but trust me on this one, this thing is nothing but awesome. There are a few great things about making this, as one you get to make a bacon weave, lay out some great ground pork, and stuff the pork with whatever you have in mind, then roll it up, and place it on the smoker. I got really excited when making this, and the end result was something my entire family loved.

Bacon Wrapped Fatty Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 16 slices of bacon
  • 2 lbs Italian sausage, or ground pork
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 3 small cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pizza sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • wax paper
  • gallon size sealable bag
  • smoker

Now let me start by saying you can stuff this however you want. I went more of an Italian style stuffing because I wanted to finish the bacon wrapped fatty with pizza sauce rather than barbecue sauce, but take the general layout here and make it your own.

Start by making your bacon weave. I will not go over those details, but it only takes a few minutes. There are many online instructions how to make one. One resource is this one, on YouTube.

Once the bacon weave is made, lay it on a large sheet of wax paper.  Next add the Italian sausage to a sealable plastic bag, and with a rolling pin, gently roll the sausage back and forth and side to side to level it out.

Once the pork is nice and even, using a scissors, cut along side the edges of the bag. Carefully flip it over and onto the second piece of wax paper.

How to make a bacon wrapped fatty

Add the mushrooms, garlic, onion, cheese, and jalapenos to the top, center of the flattened sausage. Carefully start rolling the pork mixture into a log using the wax paper as your guide. Once you have it in log form, using your hands, seal up the edges, then add the log onto the top of the bacon.

Repeat the process with the bacon. Now you have a bacon and pork log!

Place this onto your smoker. It’s going to smoke for a few hours. I smoked it on low for about 3 hours, then finished in the oven after lathering some pizza sauce onto it. You want the internal temperature of the pork to be about 165.

Smoked Fatty

When you are ready to serve, slice into rounds, and serve with any of your favorite sides.

The end result is a great smoky flavor, along with an exterior of crispy bacon, and an interior of super tender pork, melted cheese, and great vegetables. It was surprising, to say the least, how great this was. I had it as a sandwich the following day, and don’t even get me started on that one! If you are looking for a new item to put on your smoker, and one that will serve many, give this one a shot. Hope you enjoy!

Bacon Wrapped Fatty
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Recipe type: Barbecue
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 16 slices of bacon
  • 2 lbs Italian sausage, or ground pork
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 3 small cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pizza sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • wax paper
  • gallon size sealable bag
  • smoker
Instructions
  1. Start by making your bacon weave. I will not go over those details, but it only takes a few minutes. There are many online instructions how to make one. One resource is this one, on YouTube.
  2. Once the bacon weave is made, lay it on a large sheet of wax paper. Next add the Italian sausage to a sealable plastic bag, and with a rolling pin, gently roll the sausage back and forth and side to side to level it out.
  3. Once the pork is nice and even, using a scissors, cut along side the edges of the bag. Carefully flip it over and onto the second piece of wax paper.
  4. Add the mushrooms, garlic, onion, cheese, and jalapenos to the top, center of the flattened sausage. Carefully start rolling the pork mixture into a log using the wax paper as your guide. Once you have it in log form, using your hands, seal up the edges, then add the log onto the top of the bacon.
  5. Repeat the process with the bacon. Now you have a bacon and pork log!
  6. Place this onto your smoker. It’s going to smoke for a few hours. I smoked it on low for about 3 hours, then finished in the oven after lathering some pizza sauce onto it. You want the internal temperature of the pork to be about 165.
  7. When you are ready to serve, slice into rounds, and serve with any of your favorite sides.

 

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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

I’m a big fan of jalapeño poppers, however I am probably the only one in my house that does love them, and with that said, I don’t get to eat them all that often. Regardless, there are occasions, such as this past weekend that allowed me to come up with these smoked bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers. Jalapeño poppers themselves are really good, but the addition of a slow smoke made these things even better.

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Unfortunately, I only had a couple of jalapeño peppers leftover from another recipe I was working on, and I say unfortunately because after eating these, they were awesome. Regardless, let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole jalapeño peppers, stems removed, and cored
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 3 tbsp whipped cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese
  • smoker

Start by mixing the two cheese together in a small bowl. To each jalapeño pepper, carefully stuff each one with the cheese mixture.

How to make smoked bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers

Take a piece of bacon, and lengthwise, wrap the stuffed jalapeño pepper. You could secure with a toothpick if you desire, however I did not need to do that.

Place onto your smoker, and cook until the bacon is slightly crispy.

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

The end result is awesome. You get a bit of the smokiness, nothing too overpowering, with a slightly crispy exterior of the bacon, and really tender jalapeño pepper. The creaminess of the cheeses brings it together as well. I know the next time I get my smoker going, I will be making these again, and in my opinion, they were better than the classic jalapeño popper!

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