I am really excited to share with you one of my favorite “Mom Hacks”. I use my waffle iron a LOT, and my kids go nuts for these Omelet Waffles. They are a quick and easy way to make a yummy breakfast without the mess that usually comes with omelets. I also love that I can customize this Omelet Waffle recipe as little or as much as I way to by keeping it simple (scrambled eggs in the waffle maker) OR I can make them quite fancy by adding a lot of ingredients.
The Omelet Waffle recipe that I am sharing here is my go to recipe for perfect “egg waffles” (as my kids call them) every time. They cook up quick and can be plated within minutes. This is also a great recipe if you have a large crowd to cook for, as they cook up really quick. My favorite waffle iron to use is this Hamilton Beach 26020 Belgian Style Waffle Baker. I love the fact that it stores easy, has four waffle compartments and it also gets great reviews. I love my waffle maker. They make great wedding gifts too!
(makes appx. 6 waffles)
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups baby spinach leaves, packed
1/2 cup cooked ham, diced small
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced green onions, optional
Plug in your waffle maker to heat up while you prepare the ingredients.
SautÈ the diced ham in a small skillet until it’s warmed through and all the liquid has evaporated.
Add the spinach to the ham and stir until it’s completely wilted. Remove the pan from the heat to cool.
Add the eggs, half-and-half, salt, and pepper to a bowl and whisk to combine.
When the ham mixture is cool, add it to the eggs along with the cheese, and stir to combine.
When the waffle maker is hot, liberally spray both sides with nonstick cooking spray.
Ladle approximately 1/3 cup of the egg mixture into each section of the waffle maker and quickly spread it out. You want the grids to be completely covered with egg but not overflowing.
Close the waffle maker and hold it firmly for 8 to 10 seconds. Let go, and allow it to cook for 50 to 60 seconds or until the egg has cooked through.
Use a fork to lift the edge of the waffle up, and then use a flexible spatula to lift it out.
Set the waffles on a wire rack while you continue to cook the rest.
Serve with additional cheese and green onions sprinkled on top.
Some other yummy toppings would be chopped tomatoes, salsa, or fresh herbs.
I used 1/3 cup of the egg mixture in each section of the waffle maker, but you may need to use a little more or less depending on the size of yours.
Pre-cooked ham has a lot of water in it, so I like to sautÈ it before adding it to the eggs. Too much moisture in the eggs can make them tough and rubbery.
We used ham and spinach for added flavor, texture, and nutrients, but you can add whatever you want. Turkey sausage, sautÈed vegetables, or a different kind of cheese would all be good. That said, don’t use too much filling or the waffles may come out misshapen.
Be sure to thoroughly spray the waffle maker with nonstick cooking spray between each set of waffle omelets to prevent the next batch from sticking.