Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles

I remember as a kid having breakfast for dinner, probably once a month or so. I loved it. I mean what was not to love? Pancakes with sausage, only to be covered with super sweet syrup? Yes, please. I do the same with my family, and I can say they get just as excited as I did. As I am not much a fan of pancakes, I am of waffles. Just like making pizza, I love to put simple spins on waffles. Sometimes I will do a bacon waffle, blueberry waffles, or even chocolate chip waffle, but as I am purging items in my freezer, I stumbled across some leftover Nueske’s ham, and decided I would set that out for the following day’s dinner. That’s when it came to me to make a ham and cheese waffle. My kids loved the bacon waffle, so I knew they would love this savory waffle. I was totally correct.

Ham and Cheese Waffle Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 3 cups Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix (or make your own)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of cooked ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup of cheddar jack cheese, shredded
  • Cooking spray
  • syrup, optional
  • powdered sugar, optional

To a mixing bowl, add the pancake mix, eggs, butter, black pepper, and water. Mix until all the lumps have been worked out. Add in one cup of the cheese and ham, and fold it into the pancake batter.

Let this rest for about 5 minutes or so. In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron.

Ham and Cheese Waffles

Once the waffle iron is hot, spray both sides with cooking spray.

Ladle in the mixture to ensure that all segments are filled. Close and seal the iron, give a flip, and cook for about 5 minutes or so. Turn, and cook another couple of minutes. Open the waffle iron and make sure you are close to a golden brown. Once golden, sprinkle with a bit more cheese, close, and cook for a couple more minutes. This allows for this awesome crusty cheese that takes this waffle over the top. Did I mention I love baked and crispy cheese?

How to make ham and cheese waffles

Repeat with remaining waffles. To keep these warm and crisp, add the cooked waffles to a preheated 250 degree oven on a baking sheet.

To serve, add the waffle to a plate, drizzle with syrup, and serve alongside sausage or bacon.

The end result is an awesome, savory waffle that will bring a surprise to any kids face, heck, even an adults face. My kids devoured them, and even one of my son’s friends devoured them up as well. What’s not to love! Hope you enjoy!

Ham and Cheese Waffles
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix (or make your own)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of cooked ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1½ cup of cheddar jack cheese, shredded
  • Cooking spray
  • syrup, optional
  • powdered sugar, optional
Instructions
  1. To a mixing bowl, add the pancake mix, eggs, butter, black pepper, and water. Mix until all the lumps have been worked out. Add in one cup of the cheese and ham, and fold it into the pancake batter.
  2. Let this rest for about 5 minutes or so. In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron.
  3. Once the waffle iron is hot, spray both sides with cooking spray.
  4. Ladle in the mixture to ensure that all segments are filled. Close and seal the iron, give a flip, and cook for about 5 minutes or so. Turn, and cook another couple of minutes. Open the waffle iron and make sure you are close to a golden brown. Once golden, sprinkle with a bit more cheese, close, and cook for a couple more minutes. This allows for this awesome crusty cheese that takes this waffle over the top.
  5. epeat with remaining waffles. To keep these warm and crisp, add the cooked waffles to a preheated 250 degree oven on a baking sheet.
  6. To serve, add the waffle to a plate, drizzle with syrup, and serve alongside sausage or bacon.

 

Loaded Pizza Rolls

The weekends around my house always yield a few things. Time with the kids, creative and fun cooking, and laundry. As we recently wrapped up football season, I decided to make a fun appetizer that I knew would be a hit with my wife, and possibly my kids. In the past I have made these stuffed pepperoni rolls which are so incredibly addictive, and with that in mind, I decided to take those, or at least the concept to another level. This recipe uses simple, frozen bread rolls and stuffed with an array of ingredients. The cool thing about making these is that you can make them how you would want your pizza, and to me, that’s pretty awesome.

Loaded Pizza Rolls

These are perfect bites, not only for a football game, but heck, any Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Did I mention how easy they are to make?

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped and cooked until crisp
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni, diced, and cooked until slightly crisp
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded colby jack cheese, to finish
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

Again, you have options here for your stuffing, so go with what you love. You want mushrooms and onions? Go for it. That’s the beauty of cooking.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Melt the butter in a bowl along with the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Once melted, give it a good stir, and set to the side.

Start by dusting a work area with flour. Take one of your thawed dinner rolls, place it onto the work surface, and gently roll it out with a rolling pin. You want it about a 1/4 inch thick or so.

How to make loaded pizza rolls

Next, take a bit of everything, enough where you think it will fit, and then fold over the bread and pinch to seal them. Some of them may open up. Don’t worry, it’s OK. When they bake it just gets even better.

Add the stuffed pizza bread to a baking dish, and continue with however many you would like to make. I made eleven of them.

Drizzle all of the rolls with that butter mixture, then top with the colby jack cheese.

Bake in the oven until the cheese is super bubbly and the bread is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.

Dig in. It’s almost like monkey bread which always works in my favor, but loaded with everything pizza in a roll form. Super yummy, fun, and perfect for watching a game. My wife and I loved these, but the kids, well, they saw that bell pepper and turned away. Their loss. Hope you enjoy!

Ham and Sausage Biscuits and Gravy

I really love a stick to your ribs kind of meal, and as I don’t often make anything too heavy (and delicious) for breakfast, the other day I was going to take a stand and make something awesome for breakfast. A couple of days prior to making these ham and sausage biscuits and gravy, we decided to try out Nueske’s smoked ham. If you know me, you know I am a big fan of Nueske’s smoked meat, and I was excited to try their ham. Let’s just say their ham was excellent. We had plenty of leftovers, and that’s when I decided to come up with this recipe.

Ham and Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

I’ve had plenty of biscuits and gravy in my time, but the addition of ham, well let’s just say it elevated it to a whole new level.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound of ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup of cooked, diced ham
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp course cracked black pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • Biscuits, cooked

Start by adding the ground pork to a medium pot, and cook until browned. Next add in the ham. Dust the mixture with flour, giving it a good stir. Cook the flour, until lightly golden. It should not take very long.

Next slowly pour in the milk, and make sure all of that flour gets dissolved into the milk. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes or so. That’s when it gets exciting, well at least to me.

Once the sauce is thickened, season with cracked black pepper, and a pinch of salt. Taste, and adjust any more seasoning.

Ingredients for making ham and sausage biscuits and gravy

Take a couple of warmed biscuits, and generously ladle over the gravy.

Gravy in itself is great, sausage and gravy is better, and ham and sausage gravy is just the best. Give this one a try if you are looking for that rib sticking comfort food. You will not be needing lunch after this one. Well, you could probably have this any time of the days as it is a perfect meal. Hope you enjoy!

Ham and Sausage Biscuits and Gravy
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ½ pound of ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup of cooked, diced ham
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups of milk
  • 1 tsp course cracked black pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • Biscuits, cooked
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the ground pork to a medium pot, and cook until browned. Next add in the ham. Dust the mixture with flour, giving it a good stir. Cook the flour, until lightly golden. It should not take very long.
  2. Next slowly pour in the milk, and make sure all of that flour gets dissolved into the milk. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes or so. That’s when it gets exciting, well at least to me.
  3. Once the sauce is thickened, season with cracked black pepper, and a pinch of salt. Taste, and adjust any more seasoning.
  4. Take a couple of warmed biscuits, and generously ladle over the gravy.

 

The Best Sausage Stuffing Recipe

I’m always curious why sausage stuffing is typically only served maybe once or twice a year, typically around the holidays. In all honesty, sausage stuffing, or sausage dressing if you will, is probably my favorite part of the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday. No lie. I could probably just live off of that during those couple of days, with a ladle of gravy, I’m set. I’ve been making this recipe for years now, and I might add a slight twist or two depending on my mood, but this is the one, and one that many people love.

The Best Sausage Stuffing Recipe

This recipe uses fresh herbs, a couple of different types of bread, chicken livers, sausage, and an array of vegetables, all drowned in chicken stock to be baked, then crisped at the end. It’s a wonderful spoonful in every bite.

This recipe feeds a small army, probably 12 or more, so from this, you can figure out what you need, or freeze the leftovers and use them up on any day where you require a bit of comfort food.
Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup of chicken livers, pureed in a food processor
  • 2 pounds of Jimmy Dean’s Pork Sausage with Sage
  • 1/2 cup of fresh sage, minced
  • 1/2 cup of fresh rosemary, minced
  • 21 oz Pepperidge Farm herbed seasoned stuffing
  • 4 cups sour dough bread cut into thick cubes
  • 6 slices of Nueske’s bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 head of kale, stems removed, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 medium yellow onions, minced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 5 cups of chicken stock, warmed
  • 2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt, to taste

Heat two skillets on your stove, on medium heat.

To one skillet add the canola oil and let it come to temperature. Once heated for a few minutes, add the pureed chicken livers and mushrooms, and give a good stir.

To the other skillet, add the chopped bacon.

Cook the livers only for a few minutes, stirring along the way, then remove the skillet from the heat and set the livers into a bowl.

Cook the bacon, just until slightly crisp, then strain some of the bacon fat, reserving for later use if you want.

To the skillet with slightly cooked bacon, add the chopped kale, and half a cup of water. Continue cooking until the kale gets nice and wilted, about 12 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Once heated, add the sour dough bread cubes to a baking sheet and place into the oven, cooking for about 12 minutes or so until the bread is nice and golden crisp.

To the skillet where you were cooking your chicken livers, heat on medium high heat, add the 2 pounds of Jimmy Dean sausage. Cook the sausage until nice and crisp, about 10 minutes. Once cooked, place into a bowl and set the sausage to the side.

To your large skillet, add the butter. Cook on medium heat and let the butter melt. Add the onions, garlic, parsley, fresh herbs, and celery. Cook for about 10 minutes or until everything is nice and tender. Season with the salt and pepper.

How to make Thanksgiving Stuffing

I used a large aluminum pan that I purchased from the store to mix all of the ingredients.

To the large pan, add the bread cubes, bacon and kale mixture, liver and mushrooms, raisins, and sausage. Give this a good mix, making sure you incorporate all of the ingredients. Next, ladle in the warm chicken stock. You want to make sure the mixture gets softened, but not mushy. You don’t want mush.

Cover the pan with foil.

To the preheated 325 degreed oven, add the stuffing pan, and cook for 30 minutes, covered. Next, uncover cook for an additional 15 minutes so the top gets a bit crisp.

How to make Thanksgiving Sausage Stuffing

The end result is pretty flipping amazing. You get sweet, savory, and great texture all around. This is my go to stuffing recipe and it’s one that I crave during the fall and winter months.

Hope you enjoy!