Parks and Recreation was one of our favorite shows of all time. We were sad to see it end a few weeks ago and had to cook something special for the finale. I debated quite a lot about what to cook. I could’ve done a plain hamburger inspired by the episode where Ron and Chris battle it out in a food war. We thought about doing bacon wrapped shrimp served with all the bacon and eggs the store had to offer, but I figured that might be a tad wasteful. And so we settled on waffles, as Leslie Knope would’ve wanted. I decided to do a savory waffle with a side of bacon and plenty of melted butter and Mike’s Hot Honey on top. Mike’s makes some amazingly spicy and delicious honey that we love putting on our pizza crusts and it’s really good on so many things like buffalo wings or smoked sausages, but it was especially good on top of this cheesy waffle!
Cheesy Cornmeal Waffles with Hot Honey
- 1 cup of self rising flour
- 1 cup of all purpose cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 scallions, sliced thin
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
- 1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup of canola oil
Get your waffle iron heating up. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients along with the cheese and scallions. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, water and oil until well blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and beat with a fork until no dry parts remain. Cook in a waffle iron and keep warm in a 200 degree oven until you’re finished cooking all the waffles. Serve with hot honey, regular syrup, sweet bbq sauce, or anything you can think of. Hey, why not a fried egg on top?! And make sure you have plenty of crispy bacon alongside. Enjoy!