Sweet ‘n Savory Pulled Pork Waffles

waffles for dinner This waffle is epic. So epic that I wanted to face plant into it….or eat 3 of them. Of course, I controlled myself, but only because I knew I was photographing it for this post. Otherwise, there definitely would have been waffle all.over.my.face. I mean a cheesy waffle that’s crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside…that alone is worth a face plant. But add on smokey pulled pork, creamy guacamole, crunchy kale and the slightly tangy/slightly sweet sauce, and I dare you not to want to face plant too.

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Sweet 'n Savory Pulled Pork Waffles
Yields 3
A cheesy waffle topped with pulled pork, crispy kale, guacamole & an easy 2 ingredient sauce
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Prep Time
12 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
12 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
For the waffles
  1. 1 cup buttermilk
  2. 1 egg
  3. 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled OR 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 c. finely grated cheddar cheese
For the kale
  1. 1 cup kale, thick stems removed
  2. Olive oil
  3. Salt + pepper
For the sauce
  1. 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  2. 3 tablespoons of blackberry jam
  3. Pulled pork (warmed), 1/2 cup per waffle
  4. Guacamole, 2 tablespoons per waffle
Instructions
  1. First, prepare your kale. Line a baking sheet with foil, then lay out the kale. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt and pepper, then bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until crispy and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Next make your sauce. Place the jam in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, or until the jam becomes softer. Stir in the hoisin sauce and mix until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Finally, prepare your waffles. Mix together the liquid ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. In a another bowl, blend together the dry ingredients and the cheese. Then quickly and gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones. Drop the batter by 1/3-cupfuls onto a hot waffle iron, and bake according to your waffle iron’s directions (mine take about 3 minutes). To keep the waffles warm, lay them out on a baking sheet & keep them in the oven at the lowest temperature setting until you are ready to serve them.
  4. To serve, layer your waffles with pork, then guacamole, sprinkle with kale, and finish by drizzling on some sauce.
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 Kitchen Necessities

Crockpot Cranberry Maple Pork

At this time of year, it’s common to run around like a chicken with your head cut off….or something along those lines.
Let me tell you. A crock pot will save your life. Seriously.
There is nothing better than knowing that you are coming home from a long, exhausting day…and dinner is all ready for you!
Side note, this would also make an easy and festive main dish for your Christmas meal.

Cranberry Maple Pork
2 lb. pork loin
1/2 c. frozen/fresh cranberries
1/2 c. pearl onions
1/4 c. maple syrup
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 packet of onion soup mix
salt and pepper

Place the pork in a crock pot. Spread the mustard on the meat, then toss in remaining ingredients, sprinkle with salt and pepper and the cover with about 2 cups of water. Cook on low for 8 hours.