Cheddar-Black Pepper Waffles with Sausage and Apples Maple Agrodolce

Total Time:
55 min
25 min
30 min

4 servings

  • Sausage and Apples Maple Agrodolce:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound high-quality pork breakfast sausage links, sliced
  • 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large Gala apple, cored, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pure Grade B maple syrup
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, as needed
  • Cheddar-Black Pepper Waffles:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup grated sharp white Cheddar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup (5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the waffle iron
  • Few dashes hot sauce
  • 2 large eggs
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the sausage and apples maple agrodolce: Put 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until deeply browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

  • Put the remaining tablespoon of oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and toss to coat with the oil, then add the apples, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and some salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the apples and onions are very soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of the apple cider vinegar and remove the skillet from the heat. Stir the sausage, thyme and parsley into the caramelized apples; transfer to a bowl and keep warm.

  • Put the nonstick skillet back over low heat, add the remaining 6 tablespoons maple syrup and 3 tablespoons cider vinegar and swirl a few times to make the agrodolce.

  • For the Cheddar-black pepper waffles: Fit a baking sheet with a baking rack, put the baking sheet in the oven and preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

  • Whisk together the flour, Cheddar, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, hot sauce and eggs in a medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Lumps are ok.

  • Preheat the waffle maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Brush the grates with some melted butter. Ladle about 1/3 cup of the waffle batter into each grate, close the cover and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 4 minutes. The waffles will be misshapen, not perfectly square, with rounded corners. When they are cooked, transfer them to the baking rack and continue with the rest of the batter.

  • To serve, put 2 waffles on each of 4 plates. Top each with some sausage and apples and a drizzle of the warm maple syrup and cider vinegar agrodolce. Serve immediately.

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