Okay so imagine the best nachos you've ever tasted, and make them even better by substituting those thin, brittle corn chips with fluffy waffles. Oh yes, you read that right. These waffle nachos come loaded with all your favorite staples like jalapeƱos, five kinds of cheese, bacon, and of course, delicious waffles. Your search for game day grub perfection is over. 

Cheesy Waffle Nachos

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 12 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 7 slices American cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated smoked gouda
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/4 diced red onion
  • 4 ounces diced bacon
  • 2 sliced jalapeƱos

Directions:

For waffles:
  • In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar). In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients (eggs, buttermilk, milk, olive oil, vanilla). Pour wet onto dry, mix with whisk, add cheese. 
  • Cook waffle in a hot, oiled waffled iron for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from iron.
     
For bacon:
  • Dice bacon, cook in pan on medium heat for 8-10 minutes, constantly moving with a wooden spoon. Remove and drain, reserve fat. 
     
For cheese sauce:
  • Collect ingredients. In a large pot, cook butter, shallots, and thyme until translucent. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in American cheese slices and smoked gouda.
     
Build the nachos:
  • Cut waffles into wedge pieces. Place pieces in a bowl, add cheese sauce, bacon, Monterey jack cheese, sour cream, red onion, more bacon, jalapeƱos, and Sriracha maple.

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