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Happy Halloween! I hope it's an awesome day for all of you.
Today I want to share the last recipe that my family makes often, chicken and waffles! To be honest, I have never had traditional chicken and waffles. One day I would like to try these in the south. But I really love our version, which is really more like a sandwich. I hope you will enjoy them too!
You may be wondering why there's no waffles in my picture of chicken and waffles, this is something I will explain later.
Chicken and Waffles
This isn't as involved as you might think if you have the right tools. It also isn't the fastest dinner. But it is a satisfying and delicious dinner. And it's something the whole family loves.
The waffles we make are always from scratch and they are so delicious. You can use box mix if you prefer but the recipe we use isn't difficult and is so flavorful. It uses sour milk or buttermilk if you have it. To make sour milk add 1 TBS white vinegar or lemon juice per cup of milk you need. In this recipe you need 2 cups of milk, so I add 2 TBS of vinegar and then fill the remaining volume with milk.This works best because then you won't have too much liquid. Allow the milk to sit for at least 5 minutes. I usually prepare the sour milk very first thing and then get everything out that I need and mix together the dry ingredients. Another tip for the waffles is that you'll want the batter to be slightly lumpy, don't let your batter get too smooth, your waffles will be sad.. If you can put it in the fridge before you make the waffles for at least 20 minutes, it really improves the texture and taste of the waffles.
For making the chicken I have these tall food containers with lids that make breading the chicken so easy. In one container I have beaten egg. In another I have a mixture of flour and spices (taste a pinch of the flour mixture to make sure you like the flavor, I've done my best to approximate the amounts of spices but you can adjust according to taste). I put a few pieces of chicken in the egg container first and use a fork to make sure everything is covered with egg. Then I move the pieces to the flour container, out the lid on and shake. I've never had an issue with my chicken not being completely covered this way. It always turns out great, so I highly recommend these containers. They're also great for holding leftovers in the fridge, because they are taller, they utilize the fridge space better than low flat containers. I also recommend a pair of silicone tipped tongs. They make handling the hot chicken so much easier than a fork like I used to use. The chicken comes out so delicious and crispy. The last tool I am loving is my meat thermometer. I used to have an analog one but it broke, so I bought this new digital one and it has made checking the temperature so much easier. This way I don't have to break open my chicken to make sure it's cooked and I don't over cook my chicken. I love it!
I did run into some trouble when I was making this the other night. After I made my waffle batter, I plugged in my waffle iron and it didn't work! It never heated up. RIP my waffle maker, you served me well for the last 6 years. Therefore, you will notice a distinct lack of waffles in my pictures. I used my batter to make them into pancakes. It's what circumstances permitted. Waffles are better, but these worked ok.
Let me know if you try these out! I love them, I hope you will too!
I was reading something the other day that mentioned that September is Better Breakfast Month. This made me very happy because I love breakfast. If you look on the sidebar and see that we have a category for Breakfast, go ahead and click on it. You will find that there are many posts there about breakfast, otherwise known as the most important meal of the day.
Today, for Friday Faves, we are going to run with this breakfast topic. But, I decided I needed to clarify something with my girls. I asked them, do they mean better tasting breakfast, or better for you. They answered "Both"! So, today there will be two categories for Better Breakfasts: Just Delicious and Good For You + Delicious!
Let's start with Good For You + Delicious:
When it comes to healthy breakfasts, I really do like oatmeal during the winter months. But, I see a lot of recipes lately for overnight oats that you can just grab and eat in the morning. The idea of cold oatmeal, not cooked, just does not sound appetizing to me. I like it hot with brown sugar or honey.
If you get the chance to sit down and have breakfast with your family a few times this month, I hope our Breakfast Category will give you some fun ideas. I forgot to mention Root Beer Pancakes! That one is fun and easy! I have a lot of memories centered around breakfast with my family. I think it is a shame that in this fast paced world, hardly anyone sits around the table and eats breakfast together anymore. Most school children are eating at school instead of at home with their families. I am not sure that those are "Better Breakfasts." I think that what truly makes a better breakfast is the time around the table with family, eating something delicious yet still healthy, spending time connecting as the day begins and sending our children out for the day with an encouraging, loving word. I know that it is hard with jobs and busy lives, but maybe even just on a Saturday morning we can keep this tradition alive!
Here is how I like to cook breakfast!
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Alicia back again with another international recipe. This month we're making food from Belgium. And today I'm sharing with you how to make the most tasty waffles. Liège waffles are yeast waffles from Belgium that have sugar pearls in them that melt when you cook them. This makes the waffles have delicious pockets of sweetness in them. You don't need syrup with these. And they're good plain too. But I made some whipped cream to eat with them. They're also good with fruit like strawberries or blueberries.
The problem is that sugar pearls are hard to come by in the states. But I think I came up with a good solution. I decided to take sugar cubes and break them up. Not into dust, but into chunks. If the sugar is too small it will just incorporate into the dough. But the chunks won't, and will leave little pockets of caramelized sugar. It's the most delicious waffle ever.
Another issue is I didn't have ground almonds as some recipes I saw called for. I substituted with ground flax. But I'm sure you can use either one or leave it out completely.
These aren't waffles you can just whip up last minute, you have to let the dough rise 3 times. But you can freeze the dough and pull them out later to make. These are special occasion waffles for sure. But well worth the work!
I used just my regular Cuisinart waffle maker, not a specific Belgium Waffle maker. I like it because it has temperature controls. That's important in this recipe because you don't want to burn the sugar. Heat the iron all the way up. Put the dough in. And then turn the temperature down to low. The waffles come out perfect! I'll link to my same model below. Growing up my mom had a stovetop waffle maker which was fun and made delicious waffles which I will also link to below.
You've got to make these! You won't regret it. Let us know if you do in the comments and what you think!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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