Sweet Potato Waffles with Fried Egg, Bacon, and Scallions

Leftover sweet potatoes are perfect for this recipe. Just mash them with a fork and measure out the amount needed for this recipe.

If you don’t have leftovers, roast a whole sweet potato following this method: prick all over with a fork, place on a foil-lined baking sheet, and roast at 350°F for 45 to 60 minutes, until very soft.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 7 waffles, depending on the size of your waffle iron

Ingredients

For the waffles:

  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 1 cup (140g) flour
  • 6 tablespoons (103g) cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sweet potato mash (See Recipe Note)
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil (for the waffle iron) 

For the fried eggs:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 or more large eggs (at least one per person)
  • Honey, for drizzling

Special equipment:

Method

1 Cook the bacon: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels. Break each slice into a few pieces (large pieces or crumbles, whichever you like!).

2 Heat the waffle iron: Get the waffle iron heating so that it's piping hot when you're ready to make your first batch of waffles. Also, place a baking sheet in the oven and set the oven to its lowest temperature to keep the finished waffles warm before serving. 

3 Mix the dry ingredients: In a bowl, whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon, Scallions and Fried Eggs

4 Separate the eggs and beat the whites: Separate the yolks and whites into separate bowls. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Set aside.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon, Scallions and Fried Eggs

5 Prepare the batter: In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, mashed sweet potato, buttermilk, and melted butter until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and stir until blended. Gently fold in the egg whites. Stir in the scallions, reserving a few for sprinkling over the top.

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6 Cook the waffles: Brush or spray the waffle iron with vegetable oil. Ladle the batter into the waffle iron—the amount will vary according to the size of your particular waffle iron; use enough to fill the mold. Top with a few bacon pieces and close the lid.

Bake the waffles until brown and crispy. Repeat until all the batter is used. Keep the finished waffles warm in the oven while you make the eggs.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon, Scallions and Fried Eggs Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon, Scallions and Fried Eggs

7 Fry the eggs: In a skillet over low heat, melt the butter. Swirl the pan to coat the bottom. Break the eggs into the skillet, and cover the pan.

Cook for 2 minutes, or until all but a thin rim of egg white around each yolk is opaque. Remove the pan from the heat, keep covered, and let sit for about 30 seconds to finish cooking.

8 Serve the waffles: Drizzle a little honey on each waffle and top with a fried egg.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon, Scallions and Fried Eggs