Ham and Gruyère Belgian Waffles with Sautéed Pears

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Ham and Gruyère Belgian Waffles with Sautéed PearsRecipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Kira Corbin

While traditional Belgian waffles are made with yeast, we use beaten egg whites to give these salty-sweet waffles their light, airy texture and crispy exterior. For freezing and heating instructions, see below.

Serves 8 (serving size: 1 waffle and about 1/4 cup pears)


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2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
6 firm pears, such as Anjou, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
6 tablespoons water
1/3 cup maple syrup
5.6 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 1 1/4 cups)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 ounces finely chopped lower-sodium Black Forest ham
2 ounces finely shredded Gruyère cheese
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 large eggs, separated
Cooking spray


Hands-on: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pears; cook 15 minutes or until soft. Add 6 tablespoons water and syrup; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until liquid is syrupy. Remove from heat.

2. Preheat a Belgian-style waffle iron.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add ham and cheese; toss to coat. Add buttermilk, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and egg yolks, stirring to combine. Place egg whites in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter. Spoon about 1/3 cup batter per 4-inch waffle onto hot waffle iron coated with cooking spray, spreading batter to edges. Cook 7 minutes or until steaming stops. Repeat with remaining batter.

To freeze: Cool pears to room temperature. Divide mixture evenly among 8 plastic freezer bags. Cool waffles completely on a wire rack. Stack waffles between wax paper, and place in a large plastic freezer bag for up to 6 months.

To cook: Heat frozen waffles in toaster using freezer setting until heated through. Or heat in a 350° oven until warmed through. Microwave frozen pears in bags on DEFROST 1 minute. Remove from bags; place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.

Created date

July 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 364
Fat 10.9 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 4.8 g
Polyfat 1.9 g
Protein 15 g
Carbohydrate 52 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 90 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Sodium 487 mg
Calcium 350 mg