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Creative Cooking Crew: Meat n’ Potatoes Challenge

February 13, 2013 by Joan Nova in Breakfast + Brunch, Creative Cooking Crew Challenge, Finishing Touches, Meat, Vegetables | 23 Comments

What’s comes to your mind when you think of meat and potatoes?

I bet most people would say a Sunday roast or, perhaps, a slow-cooked stew or meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Undoubtedly, beef would be the most popular answer — so I went with ham. 

Of course, I wanted to do something creative and, shortly after the announcement, my mind went to (and settled on) sweet potato waffles. I thought that would be unique but was disappointed to discover that sweet potato waffles have been done before. (Mind you, not that we are charged with coming up with a never-been-done-before dish, but still … sheesh.)

However, they had not been done by me! And they definitely haven’t been done this way. Breakfast, anyone?

I’m not much of a ‘sweet’ eater or a maple syrup fan so I hardly ever eat pancakes or waffles. However, a few months ago, I got the idea to create savory waffles and I rushed out and bought my first waffle maker.

Have I made a savory waffle since then? No, not until now.

Chipotle Sweet Potato + Ham Waffles

I started by grating a sweet potato and mixing it with a beaten egg, chipotle powder, pumpkin spice, a little sugar, a dash of salt, chopped chives, a few raisins and enough flour to hold it together.

And then I decided to dice up some of that ham steak and throw into the mix too so that every bite had the yin yang of salty and sweet.

A drizzle of honey …

and a few chopped nuts on top were a perfect topping.

Oh, what-the-hell, why not go all the way and add an egg? 

[That’s certainly not a normal breakfast in the FOODalogue kitchen but it sure was good!]

Can’t wait to see what the rest of the group comes up with.The round-up will be posted February 27 on Lazaro Cooks.


NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. MMMMmmm Sweet potato waffles sounds delicious. I’ve never had them, and the egg is over the top for me. Love it.
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  2. bellini says:

    This is definitely not what I would think of when I think “meat and potatoes.” But I like the way your mind works Joan.

  3. christo says:

    what a great idea!
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  4. you bought a waffle iron????
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  5. ooooohhhhhh……..I am so, envious! this would be equally as detrimental to me as having pasta in the house. I would become the waffle queen, and then I’d look like a waffle…big and round! lol!
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  6. ada says:

    I love this recipe…Your blog is so ‘tasty’….Ada from Italy

  7. You are just so deliciously creative. I do hope you are working on a book.
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  8. Sounds like you had fun!
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  9. Lori Lynn says:

    Gosh Joan! You are a super star. After that spectacular dinner party you threw the other night, you already completed this month’s challenge? Impressive! And what a great idea. I wouldn’t hesitate to order this dish for breakfast, I like the addition of nuts and the egg on top completes the dish with a sunny flair…

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  10. I love the direction took here Joan and it sounds like an awesome breakfast. I made bacon waffles a not long ago but this tops it. I am coming over Sunday morning!

  11. Laz says:

    What a great take on the theme. My kind of meal anytime of the day.

  12. Joan, your creativity knows no bounds! Brilliant…I love sweet potatoes!
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  13. Wow, Elvis will LOVE this one. The egg over the top did it for me. I’m going to dust off my waffle iron. Very nice Joan.
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  14. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! says:

    Another creative post. This sounds wonderful and of couse it makes it better “al caballo”.

  15. deana sidney says:

    Lovely combination of ingredients in those waffles… love the idea of the ham inside the waffles and not plopped on the side. You have done well by the challenge!
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  16. Victoria says:

    Love the idea of savory waffles. Sweet potato and ham are a great combo here!
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  17. Shannon says:

    I’ve done savory waffles once and really loved them (a spin on chicken and waffles… with salmon of course :-P). this looks like a killer version!!
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  18. Insanely creative. I love savory waffles too, and what a great combo this is!
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