Savory Waffles with Green Chile and Sausage Gravy

An Anaheim pepper is a mild variety of chili pepper. The name “Anaheim” derives from Emilio Ortega, a farmer who brought the seeds to the Anaheim, California, area in the early 1900s.

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Serves: 6


Cornmeal Waffles
1¼ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup corn meal
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
½ stick butter, melted
1¼ cups lowfat buttermilk +/-

Green Chile and Turkey Sausage Gravy:
½ lb. lean turkey breakfast sausage
2 tbsp. flour
1¼ cups 2% milk
½ cup Anaheim green chile, chopped
½ tsp. salt
several grinds pepper
4 eggs – cooked to order (we like sunny-side-up)
garnishes – cheese, scallion, cilantro, avocado

Prepare the waffle batter
Combine dry ingredients thoroughly.
Add eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk. Whisk to combine thoroughly, but do not over mix.
Set aside, while you prepare the gravy.
Prepare the gravy.
In a medium sized sauce pan over medium high heat, break up the turkey breakfast sausage. It there is no fat in the pan when it is cooked, add about a tablespoon of olive oil or butter.
Add the flour, stir until flour browns slightly – 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the milk, and whisk until the gravy is smooth. Allow the gravy to come to a boil. It should be creamy and thick, but not pasty.
Add the chopped green chile, salt, and pepper. Taste it, and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Reduce heat to a simmer, and stir occasionally while cooking your waffles. Add additional milk if gravy becomes too thick.
Cook your waffles.
Prepare eggs to order.

To serve:
Plate 1 waffle. Pour a generous ladle of gravy over top. Add egg. Garnish as desired. Enjoy!

Slightly adapted from