Cheddar-Black Pepper Waffles with Sausage and Apples Maple Agrodolce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

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 

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.