Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pancetta and Cinnamon Waffles

I love waking up to a blanket of snow on the ground, watching the snowflakes hit the ground. The snow is like a blanket of magic and wonder, so pretty and captivating. On mornings like this, I love to open up my blinds and watch the falling snow as I cook in the peace and quiet of winter, one of my favorite seasons. The falling snow gives me all the reason I need to whip up a hearty breakfast, one that will warm the belly and fill the soul.

I'm talking about a full-on, carb-loving, food-coma-inducing plate full of Pancetta and Cinnamon Waffles. Yep! Grab a pillow-- because if you eat one, you're either going to be taking a nap or laying on the couch. Save playing in the snow for another day.

Pancetta and Cinnamon Waffles
Adapted from Giada At Home
Serves 4-6, depending on serving size
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 (4 ounce) slices of pancetta, each about 1/4 inch thick, diced into 1/4 pieces
3 cups Belgian Waffle Mix, such as Krusteaz
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil for the waffles, plus more for the waffle iron
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Spread the walnuts in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until toasted and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

Preheat and lightly grease a waffle iron.

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until brown and crispy, 3-5 minutes. Transfer the pancetta to a paper towel-lined plate to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the waffle mix, eggs, vegetable oil, 1-1/2 cups water, the cinnamon, and salt. Using a whisk, blend the ingredients together until smooth. Stir in the pancetta. Pour batter, using the amount recommended by the waffle iron manufacturer's instructions, into the preheated waffle iron. Cook waffles for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.

Place the waffles onto serving plates. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts and drizzle with the maple syrup. Serve immediately.

Notes/Results: These waffles are a real treat. Chock full of pancetta and perfectly spiced with cinnamon, they are the perfect way to start a lazy day. (Not that I would know anything about a lazy day). You believe me, right?

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  1. I love the sweet and savory combo!

  2. lazy snow days are the best! i can't think of a better way then these waffles to enjoy one. i love the pancetta in there, delicious!

    i don't know if i've told you this yet, but your blog looks great! i love how you've designed it!

  3. Yep, I'd definitely be back to bed soon after this breakfast, but it sure would be worth it!

  4. I've always loved baking bacon directly into my waffles...and I've this recipe marked to try for quite some does sound like something I'd love! Think I'll have to hunt down some pancetta this week and make it soon!

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  5. Ha! I wish it would snow down here in the good ole' south! Ain't gonna happen matter how hard I wish :( I love this recipe. Looks like the perfect comfort food to make on a snowy, wintery day ;)

  6. We haven't had any measurable snow yet unfortunately. Just a few flakes falling here and there. Still waiting....... I often find waffles too sweet so I would definitely love these with the addition of pancetta. The saltiness of the pancetta would balance out the sweetness perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing with Cookbook Sundays Kim. Hope you're having a great weekend!

  7. This would send my kitchen into great happiness - love the aromas and the hearty breakfast. If I could - I'd send you my snow. It's pretty yes and it's here till April. Or May.

  8. What a breakfast! I mean...this looks just perfect!

  9. Whoa this is a crazy recipe! Basically all of my favorite breakfast indulgences combined. Giada has a definite knack for combining pancetta with cinnamon...I really need to try it.

  10. This is an attention getter. I never would have dreamed of the combo myself, but because it is coming from your kitchen I know it has to be good. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

  11. I don't like winter or snow, but your breakfast looks fantastic,Kim! I love the new look of your site!

  12. Yum! I am so glad you posted this. I read this recipe a while ago and have been wanting to try it but I kind of forgot! Definitely going to make these over the Holidays when I have guests staying with us. Can't wait!

  13. I like he look of your template...very cool! Pancetta and waffles....that is a dreamy combination. I have served bacon with waffles and pancakes before but never thought about pancetta = drool worthy!!!

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  14. I love snowy mornings too, although after our monster winter last year I'm hoping for a little break this year. :) The waffles look like the perfect way to start a winter morning. And I'm loving the addition of panacetta in there. Yum!

  15. I need to start using my waffle maker much more!! You can never go wrong with a savory/sweet combo..sounds delish!

  16. Love it! You know I made bacon waffles a while back and they were awesome. I will let you know when The Bacon Games is up and ready to go and link this up!

  17. Oh my, they look wonderful! Can I come over for breakfast?

  18. I adore the combination of sweet and salty in this recipe. Also how exciting you guys have snow...we haven't received any just yet this season in New York.

  19. Well you know how I feel about anything with bacon in it. I have this one bookmarked for sometime when I get a waffle maker!
    Sue :-)

  20. I have done something similar but low brown. Two pieces of cooked bacon put in the waffle press, poured waffle batter over it, and cooked as usual.

    Those were awesome so I can only imagine how much better these would be.

  21. These sound divine~Perfect flavor combo.

  22. Great way to start your day. Easier yet because you start with a waffle mix. These would really be perfect for the waffle dinners that my kids love.

  23. Mmm...these look amazing! What a great idea. :)

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