Festive days call for an extra-special breakfast or brunch... Decadent High Protein Bacon Waffles combine a protein-rich waffle mix with cinnamon, orange zest, and crumbled bacon, and get topped with a gorgeous pomegranate blood orange syrup and orange mascarpone cream. Truly luxurious and indulgent!
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
~~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Tamara Talks (about indulgent bacon waffles)
When it comes to Christmas, calories don't count. 😆 Amazing food and time with loved ones (rather than shopping and gifts) are what it's all about at Andersen casa. The food
of course does "come from a store," but the pleasure that comes in preparing and enjoying the food define Christmas for most of us.
So, we "live a little," "throw caution to the wind," and splurge on luxurious, less-than-healthy, even fatty ingredients. OMG! Is the sky falling? NOPE.
I love Christmas morning breakfast with my family. My husband makes a pot of freshly ground dark roast coffee, and my sous chefs (sons) and I whip up something special. We tend to favor bacon and waffles, but the bacon typically stands alone. This year I decided to incorporate crumbled bacon into a protein-rich waffle using one of a myriad of new "protein pancake and waffle mixes."
I love a basic waffle or stack of pancakes, but let's face it, they're carb loaded and completely lacking in protein. Enter protein waffle and pancake mixes. These mixes pack anywhere from 14 to 20 grams of protein per serving. This opens up a whole lot of new options for starting the day with enough protein! See Protein at Breakfast for more in depth information...
How to Make High Protein Bacon Waffles
These waffles come together surprisingly quickly! whip up the waffle batter (bacon needs to fry) and mascarpone cream. Finish the syrup, and start a waffle. Don't forget a good cup of joe or a mimosa. 😀 Enjoy!
- Start the Pomegranate-Blood Orange Syrup simmering on the stove.
- Plug in the waffle iron.
- Fry the bacon.
- Make the waffle batter.
- Finish the syrup.
- Start a waffle.
- Make the mascarpone cream.
- Assemble and serve!
Bacon Waffles Tips and FAQ
If you can't find a protein pancake and waffle mix, or aren't concerned about the amount of protein in your waffles, substitute your preferred mix, or make them from scratch.
My mix requires 1 ½ cups water and 2 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil. If using a different brand of waffle/pancake mix, add the liquid/fat/egg (if appropriate) of the package instructions. The bacon, zest, and cinnamon amounts remain the same.
Vegetarians can enjoy these delicious waffles by omitting the crumbled bacon!
Make them gluten free by using a gluten free mix or recipe!
Do you have a Christmas morning tradition? I'd love to hear yours...