Bacon and Gruyere Savory Waffle with Poached Egg


No syrup on this one. Just savory, salty, warm and crisp. Topped with a runny poached egg and hearty splashes of hot sauce. This is my kind of meal.

Sometimes you have to cook for yourself and this recipe is an ode to just that. Create what sounds good when it sounds good.cheese-and-bacon-ovalIf I get a hankering for a particular meal, I will rearrange my schedule in order to make that craving come to fruition. At times, this means going to the grocery store JUST to get those particular ingredients.

Creating what sounds delicious at the moment is exhilarating– it’s a passionate pursuit of food.waffles-blogCaving in to cravings seems to happen less often these days. Probably because I’m feeding three others and am constantly working on recipes for ongoing projects. That’s the life of a mom and a freelance recipe developer.

But this recipe. Savory Waffles. It’s been like a mythical creature to me. It hangs over my head every time I hear the cry of my children’s cravings for waffles.waffle-sticksDeep down inside though, I don’t want syrup laden pieces of bread for breakfast. I want a breakfast to be salty and cheesy.

However, they ask for waffles and I make them…with a smile of course. I get it, they have food cravings too.waffle-towerThen there was the day I had enough of sweet waffles. The moment for the mythical savory waffle to become tangible and edible had arrived.

What do you want me to pack in your lunch today?


On it.waffles-and-pawsAs I’m prepping and packing breakfast for lunch, I am developing a plan of attack for dinner.

I’m going to have to go to Market Street to get these ingredients before school is out…gymnastics is immediately after school…but I have two appointments right after morning drop off… and then there is that phone conference I can’t miss… and those photos HAVE to be edited…..eeeek! and alllll those emails.

The stream of conscieness was too much. I had to shut it all down.

I needed those waffles TODAY.stonewall-kitchen-mixI dropped everything and made my way to Market Street. The ingredients list was short.

Organic fresh thyme.

Stonewall Kitchen Pancake and Waffle Mix (may I add how GOOD this waffle mix is!).

Alfresco Pasture Raised Eggs by Vital Farms.

Pederson’s Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon (because it’s Texas local and it’s free of nitrates, MSG and other bad things).bacon-iI zoomed in and out of the aisles, with a very focused face. Check out was a breeze. All I had was one paper bag to take to my car, so I declined the fantastic Market Street grocery carry-out assistance.

Now that the ingredients were secure I could go back to focus on the day and secretly long for the evening, when it was going to be my waffle time.

The rest of the afternoon proceeded as it should– so well that when we got home from gymnastics the kids played together happily for an hour while I cooked. My waffle stars were aligned.bacon-and-cheese-prepNot wanting to share my waffles, I strategically prepared Katherine and Eli’s favorite meal of bolognese to keep the waffles my own.

“Is that bacon AND cheese?”batter-ii“Mommy, those waffles smell good. Are we having waffles for dinner?”

“Are the waffles done yet?”

No.No.No. This is not how this was going to work.waffle-with-runny-eggAlas, I caved. What’s mine is yours. We all shared a pile of savory waffles and satisfied smiles.

“Mama, I like your kind of waffles.”

Me too, Katherine.

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Bacon and Gruyere Savory Waffle with Poached Egg

  • Servings: servings 4
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savory-waffle-iiiAuthor note: This recipe was developed around 2 to 2 1/2 cups of waffle batter and makes 4 waffles. Adjust the ingredients to make a larger batch. If poached eggs seem daunting, top with a fried runny egg. These waffles are freezer friendly.

2 to 2 1/2 cups waffle batter

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

3 tablespoons shallots, chopped

1/2 cup cooked bacon, chopped

1/2 cup gruyere, grated

poached eggs (see recipe below), to top waffles

hot sauce, for topping

chopped parsley, optional topping

  1. Heat a waffle iron to your preferred setting.
  2. Combine thyme, salt, shallot, bacon and gruyere with the waffle batter. Stir well to combine.
  3. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook 5-6 minutes, or until waffles are golden and crisp.
  4. Top with poached egg, hot sauce and parsley. Serve warm.

Poached Eggs

Author note: If you have a contraption that poaches multiple eggs at one time, this is not the recipe for you. This recipe works well with 1 to 2 eggs at a time. If you need to make multiple poached eggs, place the cooked egg immediately into an ice bath once the egg is poached. Reheat in warm water.


1 teaspoon red or white wine vinegar

  1. Fill a small pan halfway with water and add the vinegar. Bring the water and vinegar to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, crack eggs into individual small bowls.
  3. With a spoon, make a whirlpool in the boiling water. As the water is swirling, drop one egg into the center of the whirlpool. Cover the pan, gently remove the pan from the heat. Do not disturb the egg or pan.
  4. Let the egg cook for 4 minutes. Gently remove the egg from the water with a slotted spoon.
  5. Serve immediately.

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