03rd Mar 2023
When you think of waffles, you may envision fluffy golden batter with pockets to fill with syrup and toppings. But did you know that in South Africa, they have a unique twist on this classic breakfast food? Mealie meal waffles, made with corn meal, are a staple in many South African households. Today, we’ll show you how to make these delicious waffles, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
- 1 ½ cups cornmeal
- 3 cups milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese or corn kernels
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- pinch cayenne pepper
- Two eggs
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ½ Tablespoon baking powder
- Mix the cornmeal, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Add the cornmeal mixture to the saucepan and constantly stir until the mixture thickens. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cheddar cheese or corn kernels.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until frothy.
- Add the cornstarch and baking powder to the beaten eggs and whisk until well combined.
- Pour the egg mixture into the cornmeal mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Heat your waffle iron according to its instructions.
- Once the waffle iron is heated, scoop about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter onto each waffle section (depending on the size of your waffle iron). Close the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the golden brown waffles are crispy outside.
- Repeat with the remaining batter until all the waffles are cooked.
- Serve on Twinsaver’s Paper Plates to avoid a mess and dishwashing.
These mealie meal waffles may be a departure from the classic American version, but they are just as delicious and satisfying. The corn meal adds a unique flavor and texture to the waffles, while the cheese or corn kernels give them an extra burst of flavor. Plus, they are easy to make and perfect for a quick breakfast or weekend brunch. So why not give this South African twist on waffles a try? You won’t be disappointed!
Tell us, what toppings would you put on your waffle?