Savory Corn Meal Waffles For Dinner

October 20, 2014   13 Comments

We all get into major cooking ruts where the question, “What’s for dinner?” begins to try us crazy.

Savory Corn Meal Waffles

My husband has been working a lot lately and most of the cooking is falling to me. I am not complaining, but I am uninspired. Even someone like me, who works with food every day, gets bored cooking the same stuff.

I have seen other takes on breakfast for dinner and I didn’t find them compelling. I can’t imagine eating pancakes with syrup for dinner – but I can imagine eating something salty – like a savory waffle for dinner.

This pairing of fried eggs and corn meal waffles reminds me of grits and scrambled eggs. The taste combo is distinctly Southern and delicious.

I made the waffle batter the night before I was going to serve them so all I had to do was walk in the door and heat up my waffle iron. My waffle iron is pretty nice because I love making waffles. I upgraded from a $15 version from Walgreens a couple of years ago and I haven’t looked back.

You can serve these so many different ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • Put a salad on top with a vinaigrette salad dressing.
  • Top with tomato sauce and sautéed spinach.
  • Add roasted broccoli and cheese and run under the broiler.

Do you have a version of breakfast for dinner? Please share.

Savory Cornmeal Waffles Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 4 large waffles, ½ waffle per serving

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1 ¼ cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne (optional)
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted


Heat up your waffle iron according to appliance directions.

Mix corn meal, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, black pepper, and cayenne in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter and mix until well blended.

Make waffles immediately (mine take 4 minutes to cook in my waffle iron) or store batter for later.

Nutrition Facts

For ½ of large waffle = 205 calories, 5.4 g fat, 2.6 g saturated fat, 32.7 g carbohydrates, 3.9 g sugar, 7.2 g protein, 2.5 g fiber, 422 mg sodium, 5 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Sounds good - I need to get a waffle iron!

Yum! Any recommendations for a waffle maker?

These would be great with a scoop of chili, eh? Yum!

Your pic is misleading. That's one egg on two servings of waffles. The calorie info does not include the egg. It relates to nothing from the part of the deep south that I'm from. We never ever put sugar in cornbread. Grits and cornmeal are miles apart in texture and flavor.

@Julie - above is the one I use - I linked to the Amazon page -it is a Presto Belgian Waffle make and it flips. Works great!

@Margaret - I did not mean for my picture to be misleading - I was trying to make it attractive. The egg will add about 70 calories. I meant that corn and eggs reminded me of grits and eggs.

Thanks for your comments and questions!

Anything breakfast for dinner is amazing. I wouldn't use buttermilk and slash some of the calories because 1/2 a waffle is a negative.

@Margaret - I'm from the south and the cornbread I'm used to is sweet and cake like. A lot of people make it that way in my region so it's not impossible.

Anyway the recipe looks nice. I'm willing to try.

I'm from the South, too, but we always made cornbread without sugar at all. We love it that way and when cornbread has sugar in it, our family can't eat it. It is all in how our mommas made it whether there is sugar or not. I know a teaspoon isn't much but when one can leave out sugar...all the better!

I just saw a recipe on Pinterest that had these waffles and a bbq pork shredded on top. I can't wait to try it! Thank you for reinforcement! Oh and I saw a chicken sandwich too with a waffle recipe like this one.

Great recipe! I definitely will try it, probably with chili, as another reader suggested. Thanks! I make whole grain waffles and my kids love to use them for peanut butter sandwiches in their school lunches. Yum!

Well, seems like everyone stuck with the question "What's for dinner?". Anw, thanks to the author, that's such a detailed recipe. I'll add this to my diet

My wife had never made a waffle with egg. I talk with to try once as it seems tasty.

I love waffle. My husband and son also love waffles recipe. I had made waffle breakfast regularly. But in dinner, I have not tried. Your recipe sounds to me and it's quite different for me. I had not try cornmeal before. I can't wait to make this using my waffle iron. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

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