Perfect Waffle Recipe

Here’s the best easy waffle recipe: it makes perfect waffles every time, whether Belgian or classic! This is your go-to for weekend mornings. What’s better than a crispy-on-the-outside, vanilla scented waffle warm from the griddle? (Not much). Here’s your new go-to: the Best Easy Waffle Recipe. We’re ready to stand behind that title! This one is everything you need for cozy weekend mornings. It’s simple to put together with that classic waffle house flavor, and works with a standard waffle maker or Belgian. This is the one our 4 year old begs for: and, we’ve got a few variations based on your diet and seasonal preferences. Ingredients in the best waffle recipe Our best waffle recipe is 100% classic, so the ingredients are the standard cast of characters. Below, we’ve got some variations that work based on dietary preferences. Here are the waffle ingredients in our classic recipe: All purpose flour and whole wheat flour: Adding a bit of whole wheat flour adds complexity to Baking powder Sugar of any type, or you can substitute maple syrup Cinnamon and vanilla for seasoning Neutral oil: like organic canola or vegetable oil, grapeseed, etc. Using oil omits the need to melt butter […]

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Here’s the best easy waffle recipe: it makes perfect waffles every time, whether Belgian or classic! This is your go-to for weekend mornings.

Waffle recipe

What’s better than a crispy-on-the-outside, vanilla scented waffle warm from the griddle? (Not much). Here’s your new go-to: the Best Easy Waffle Recipe. We’re ready to stand behind that title! This one is everything you need for cozy weekend mornings. It’s simple to put together with that classic waffle house flavor, and works with a standard waffle maker or Belgian. This is the one our 4 year old begs for: and, we’ve got a few variations based on your diet and seasonal preferences.

Ingredients in the best waffle recipe

Our best waffle recipe is 100% classic, so the ingredients are the standard cast of characters. Below, we’ve got some variations that work based on dietary preferences. Here are the waffle ingredients in our classic recipe:

  • All purpose flour and whole wheat flour: Adding a bit of whole wheat flour adds complexity to
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar of any type, or you can substitute maple syrup
  • Cinnamon and vanilla for seasoning
  • Neutral oil: like organic canola or vegetable oil, grapeseed, etc. Using oil omits the need to melt butter (see below)
  • Milk of choice, either dairy or non-dairy like oat milk or almond milk
  • Eggs
Best waffle recipe

Works as a Belgian waffle recipe or standard!

This waffles recipe delivers no matter what type of waffle maker you have! It works as both a Belgian waffle recipe or a classic one with the standard waffle maker. What’s our preference? After experimenting with both types of waffle irons, we like Belgian the best. They’ve got the best fluffy, thick texture and deep grooves. Here’s the difference between the two and what that looks like in terms of size:

  • Belgian waffles are twice as large as regular waffles. They’re 1.5 inches thick with a deep grid pattern, making them look more impressive. A serving size is half of a Belgian waffle, since it’s double the size of a standard waffle.
  • Regular waffles, aka American waffles are about 1/2-inch thick. If you’re making a standard waffle, the serving size is 1 waffle.

What Belgian waffle maker to buy? If you’re in the market for one, here’s the Belgian waffle iron we use.

How to make waffles: a few tips!

How hard can it be to make a waffle recipe? Just mix up the batter and cook, right? Actually, there are a few best practices when it comes to waffles — we’ve learned from experience. Here’s what to know about how to make waffles:

  • Grease or butter the waffle iron. You can use oil with a brush, butter, or coconut oil. While most waffle irons are non-stick, they can use their surface over time. Our Belgian waffle maker is a few years old and requires a good greasing: or else the waffle gets stuck in the deep grooves.
  • Cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Some waffle makers have a light or sound that tells you when the waffle is cooked. Others don’t (like ours)! Set a timer and start checking around the 3 minute mark: pull it when it’s nice and golden.
  • Place cooked waffles in a 250°F degree oven to keep warm. Once you’re done cooking the waffle, serve it right away. Or, place it on a parchment lined baking sheet and place it in a low oven to cool.
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Make ahead and storage info for this waffles recipe

Waffles are great for making a big batch and freezing them. While you might eat all of this waffle recipe at once, you can double or triple it and safe the leftovers for easy eating throughout the week.

  • To store short term: Cooked waffles last 3 days in the refrigerator. See the reheating instructions below.
  • To store: Make the waffles, then let them cool completely on a wire rack. Once they’ve cooled, stack the waffles in a freezer-safe container. They’ll keep for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat: Pop them into the toaster and cook them on a low setting for just a few seconds, repeating it two or three times. Or, warm them on an oiled baking sheet in a 300 degree oven (make sure to oil the sheet or the waffles will stick!).

Waffle recipe variations

Got a special dietary need? Or want to incorporate seasonal ingredients or add some flair? We’ve got you! Here are some of our favorite waffles recipes:

Homemade waffles

Waffle topping ideas

For the best waffle recipe, you need the best waffle toppings! Here are are our top ways to put together waffle toppings:

This easy waffle recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten free, go to Gluten Free Waffles. For vegan, go to Vegan Waffles.

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Perfect Waffle Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (4 standard or 2 large Belgian waffles)
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s the best easy waffle recipe: it makes perfect waffles every time, whether Belgian or classic! This is your go-to for weekend mornings. 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour*
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or substitute all purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (any type, or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 1 1/4 cups milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the waffle iron to the high heat setting.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt until thoroughly combined.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the oil, milk, vanilla and eggs (or see Fluffy Waffles variation**). Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk gently until the batter is smooth.
  4. Grease or butter your waffle iron. Add the batter (a little over 1 cup for a Belgian waffle maker or a little over 1/2 cup for a standard waffle maker) into the center of the waffle iron, then cook according to the waffle iron’s instructions until golden brown: about 3 to 4 minutes depending on your waffle iron. Remove the cooked waffles and place them on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet without stacking. Make the waffles to order, or place cooked waffles in a 250°F oven to keep warm.
  5. Cooked waffles can be frozen; place them in a plastic bag and remove the remaining air with a straw before sealing. To reheat, remove from the freezer and lightly toast in a toaster.

Notes

*For vegan waffles, go to Perfect Vegan Waffles. For gluten-free waffles, go to Gluten-Free Waffles.

**Fluffy Waffles variation: Whisk only the egg yolks with the oil, milk, and vanilla. Use a stand mixer, handheld mixer or whisk to beat the two egg whites until soft peaks form. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth, then fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula. This will make 2 1/2 Belgian waffles or 5 classic waffles.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffle Iron
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Waffle recipe, Belgian waffle recipe, Best waffle recipe, Easy waffle recipe, Homemade waffles, how to make waffles

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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

No one can resist this roasted cauliflower with Parmesan! It’s as irresistible as French fries, baked in a hot oven until browned and crisp. Want to make it easy to eat your veggies? This Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower is so irresistible, you’ll find yourself inhaling bites off the baking sheet before you even sit down to serve it. Admittedly, adding cheese to veggies is an age old trick to make them more palatable. But this recipe features roasted cauliflower: baked at high heat the vegetable breaks down into a sweet, caramelized version of itself. Add crunchy Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings, and it’s a sophisticated, restaurant-style spin on the concept behind cheesy broccoli. Heck, we think it’s even better than French fries. Also try: Perfect Roasted Cauliflower Ingredients for roasted cauliflower with Parmesan There’s a short list of ingredients for Parmesan roasted cauliflower! All you need is a few basics and about 40 minutes to make this recipe. Here’s what you’ll need: 2 pounds cauliflower The size of cauliflower heads can vary greatly between small, medium and large. Look for a medium cauliflower and weigh it out at the store. Olive oil Garlic powder Oregano Shredded Parmesan cheese You’ll want the […]

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No one can resist this roasted cauliflower with Parmesan! It’s as irresistible as French fries, baked in a hot oven until browned and crisp.

Roasted Cauliflower Parmesan

Want to make it easy to eat your veggies? This Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower is so irresistible, you’ll find yourself inhaling bites off the baking sheet before you even sit down to serve it. Admittedly, adding cheese to veggies is an age old trick to make them more palatable. But this recipe features roasted cauliflower: baked at high heat the vegetable breaks down into a sweet, caramelized version of itself. Add crunchy Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings, and it’s a sophisticated, restaurant-style spin on the concept behind cheesy broccoli. Heck, we think it’s even better than French fries.

Also try: Perfect Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients for roasted cauliflower with Parmesan

There’s a short list of ingredients for Parmesan roasted cauliflower! All you need is a few basics and about 40 minutes to make this recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 pounds cauliflower The size of cauliflower heads can vary greatly between small, medium and large. Look for a medium cauliflower and weigh it out at the store.
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese You’ll want the kind that looks like tiny sticks: not the powdery shaker can version: that’s grated!
Roasted Cauliflower Parmesane

The secrets to Parmesan roasted cauliflower

There are lots of recipes for roasted cauliflower with Parmesan out there: what makes this one special? A few things:

  • Use very high heat: 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t trust any recipes that say to roast cauliflower at 350. Roasting at high heat gets the cauliflower tender and browned: that Maillard reaction where food browns and caramelizes when in contact with high heat! Low heat doesn’t get nearly the right flavor and texture.
  • Add Parmesan in the last 10 minutes. It won’t get overly browned this way, but still gets perfectly crispy.
  • It’s seasoned to perfection. Some Parmesan roasted cauliflower don’t specify the amount of salt. It’s important to have it it perfectly salted: otherwise it tastes oddly bland.

Tips on how to chop cauliflower

The place where most home cooks have an issue with cauliflower: the chopping! It can be difficult to chop florets without getting a huge mess all over your kitchen. For this roasted cauliflower Parmesan, use our streamlined method cutting this veggie! See How to Cut Cauliflower or the video below.

  1. Remove the leaves: Remove large leaves from the base of the cauliflower so that the stem is exposed; discard the leaves.
  2. Cut around the stem: With a paring knife, cut around the stem of the cauliflower.
  3. Break into florets: Break the cauliflower into large florets with your fingers. Remove any large stems, cutting the cauliflower into smaller florets as needed for the recipe.

Ways to serve Parmesan roasted cauliflower

This Parmesan roasted cauliflower is such a treat. We serve it as a late night snack just as often as we make it as an easy side dish…but that’s just us! Here are a few ideas for ways to eat it:

  • Grain bowl. Add a whole grain, chickpeas or white beans, and a few raw veggies like arugula and sliced cherry tomatoes. The perfect easy dinner!
  • Side for seafood. This would be fantastic next to Pesto Salmon, Grilled Tilapia, Creamy Shrimp Pasta or Easy Pesto Shrimp.
  • Pasta. Make an easy main dish by throwing this into a pot of spaghetti or bucatini! Drizzle with olive oil and salt until it pops. You could also add chickpeas or torn fresh mozzarella for additional filling protein.
Parmesan roasted cauliflower

Cauliflower nutrition

Like we mentioned above…roasted cauliflower with Parmesan has much of the addictive power of fries! It doesn’t just cut down on calories: it adds lots of nutrients too. You get all the nutrient-density of a head of cauliflower. Here’s a breakdown of cauliflower nutrition (source Harvard Medical School):

  • Low calorie food: 1 cup of chopped cauliflower has only 25 calories and 5 grams carbs
  • High in vitamins: Cauliflower is a great source of Vitamin C! It’s also a good source of Vitamin B and potassium.
  • Relatively high in fiber: Cauliflower is high in fiber: 1 cup has about 10% of your daily needs.
Roasted cauliflower Parmesan

This roasted cauliflower Parmesan recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Roasted Cauliflower Parmesan

*Best* Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

No one can resist this roasted cauliflower with Parmesan! It’s as irresistible as French fries, baked in a hot oven until browned and crisp.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower (2 pounds or about 6 to 7 heaping cups florets)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • For the garnish: finely chopped Italian parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Clean and chop the cauliflower into medium florets. In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, and kosher salt.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and bake about 20 minutes or until browned on the bottom (we used our bottom oven rack to get them extra brown).
  4. Remove the baking sheet, toss with the Parmesan cheese. Roast another 7 to 10 minutes until the cheese is browned and the cauliflower is tender. Serve immediately, garnished with finely chopped parsley if desired.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Roasted Cauliflower Parmesan, Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

More cauliflower recipes

Cauliflower is one of the most versatile of all vegetables! Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:

  • Buffalo Cauliflower Wings The best baked cauliflower wings! They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy buffalo sauce.
  • Roasted Cauliflower Pasta Loaded with flavor, packed with caramelized roasted cauliflower, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil!
  • Coconut Cauliflower Curry This easy dinner recipe is warm-spiced, nutrient packed, and ready in just over 30 minutes. Dinnertime win.

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