7+ waffle recipes that are full of flavor and Southern comfort

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When it comes to breakfast showdowns, I think waffles are always going to win over pancakes. Fluffy cakes drenched in sweet syrup are great, don’t get me wrong. But waffles? They have that extra special something -- a crispy crunch giving way to soft cake, perfect little wells for holding all that sweet maple syrup.
Not convinced? Try the recipes below and you will be. They're Southern and full of flavor, and they make for a breakfast that you will never regret.
Southern-style chicken and waffles
Very few things in life are better than Southern-style chicken and waffles. Let me tell you why. First, it's a texture thing. The waffles are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, just like a good piece of fried chicken. Then, there are all the flavors. The waffles soak up all the sweetness from the maple syrup, which presents a stark contrast to the super savory flavors of the fried chicken.
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The video below perfectly represents all of that, and it's not too difficult to make, either. Buy store-bought chicken tenders if you want to keep things really easy. The recipe, however, calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. That allows you to make your own tenders at home so they are significantly less expensive and super juicy. The secret is soaking them in buttermilk for at least an hour before frying them.
Southern cornbread waffles
Cornbread is a staple in the South, so why not use it as a mix to make waffles? These waffles have just the right amount of comfort as well as flavor. This waffle may be loaded with meat and coleslaw, but there's nothing saying you still can't eat it for breakfast.
Southern banana waffles
Start your morning off by feeding your sweet tooth. These Southern banana waffles will totally make your day, and the pecans are a perfect touch.
Southern sweet strawberry waffles
If you are the kind of person who likes to eat dessert for breakfast, waffles are the perfect solution. They’re a perfectly acceptable breakfast food and are delicious topped with fresh fruit and clouds of sweetened whipped cream. The recipe below includes fresh, sweet strawberries -- both in the waffles and on top.
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Serve these hot from the waffle iron with a cup of strong coffee and you’ve got a true breakfast of champions -- champions of lazy weekend mornings, that is. The kids are sure to love this breakfast too -- just maybe substitute a glass of milk for the coffee. Check it out in the video below.
Southern apple cider waffles
Apple cider and waffles seems like the perfect combination for breakfast on a brisk fall morning, but of course these can be made any time of year.
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Sometimes I’ll add a compote of diced fresh apples cooked with a little butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, but the cider maple syrup adds plenty of apple flavor on its own. Watch this video and see just how delicious these waffles look.
Southern chicken and waffle sliders
To the uninitiated, it may sound like an unlikely pairing. Fried chicken and waffles? But one taste and you’ll surely grasp its appeal. Soft meets crunchy, sweet meets spicy, breakfast meets dinner and the result is an improbable but wholly delicious combo. The recipe below combines freshly made waffles with your favorite fried chicken and a spicy maple syrup in a way that is sure to rock your world.
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Use either just-made fried chicken tenders or even frozen fried or baked tenders. The key is to make sure they are crisp and crunchy on the outside and tender in the middle. A hit of spice in the coating is ideal. Here's a video to show you how it's done.
Southern ham and cheese waffles
I’ve never really jumped on the sweets-for-breakfast bandwagon, so the wonder of waffles mostly escaped me. The video below, though, has turned me into a raving fan. It’s a savory waffle filled with ham and cheese. A spicy-sweet, honey mustard dipping sauce is the perfect finishing touch.
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I can eat these waffles any time of day. They make a great savory breakfast that’s filling and nutritious. But they are just right for a homemade lunch or quick dinner. You can even make a big batch of them and keep them in the freezer. Just reheat them in the oven or toaster when you’re ready to eat them.
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