The Veg-Friendly Philly Cheese “Steak” Waffle (and Other Things)

Last week, I really wanted to be in a more patriotic mood for the 4th of July weekend. That got me brainstorming about coming up with new dinners to try, since I’ve also been in a dinner rut for quite some time. I wanted to save the hot  veggie dogs and corn on the cob  tradition for the 4th, so the dinner I came up with in the meantime was this:

The Veg-Friendly Philly Cheese Steak Waffle

Here’s how my thought process got me to the end product you see above: 4th of July -> Red, White, and Blue -> Philadelphia -> Philly Cheesesteak -> “How can I make this vegetarian?” -> Boca Meatless Crumbles ->“Wait, we don’t have any of that thick, roll bread in the house and I certainly don’t feel like making that too.” -> Waffles.

Yup, when you don’t have hoagie rolls in your house, waffles are the perfect substitute. And I’ve been wanting to find some reason to have a savory waffle for a while too!

The Veg-Friendly Philly Cheese Steak Waffle
Serves 2
A savory waffle base with all the fun fix-ins of a philly cheesesteak. Only thing is, this one's lacto-ovo vegetarian-friendly!
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Waffles
  1. - 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. - 1/4 cup cornstarch
  3. - 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. - 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  5. - 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  6. - 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  7. - 1 egg
  8. - 2 tbsp. oil
  9. - spices (i.e. cayenne, basil, thyme, oregano)
  10. - 3/4 cup of milk
Topping
  1. - 1 medium onion (thin slices)
  2. - 1/4 cup frozen or fresh peans
  3. - 1/4 tsp. cumin seeds
  4. - salt
  5. - 2 tsp. oil
  6. - 1/2 cup of Boca Meatless Crumbles
  7. - mushrooms (optional)
Gravy Sauce
  1. - 2 cloves chopped garlic
  2. - 1 tbsp. butter
  3. - flour for rue
  4. - 1/4 cup milk
  5. - 2 tbsp. sour cream
For the waffles
  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Add oil and blend.
  3. Add egg, milk, and whisk.
  4. Add cheese, and whisk.
  5. Pour into waffle iron, and let cook until ready.
For the topping
  1. Roast cumin seeds in oil.
  2. Add onions and caramelize.
  3. Add peas, Boca, and optional mushrooms.
  4. Cook, adding spoons of water to keep from burning.
For the Gravy Sauce
  1. Roast the garlic with butter in a pan.
  2. Make a rue by adding some leftover flour.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of milk.
  4. After boiling, add 2 tbsp. of sour cream, and mix well.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Then pour this (in addition to the topping) over desired amount of waffles.
  7. Serve and eat!!
Notes
  1. Waffle batter makes around 9 waffle quarters. Topping is enough to be split between two or eaten by one.
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 Pieces of the recipe.

Pieces of the recipe.

This veg-friendly philly cheese “steak” topping was amazing. I think I’m going to have to find reasons to make savory waffles a lot more often—especially if I have this much success with future endeavors!

Along with this fun savory waffle experiment, I also had some new-to-me snacks I managed to accumulate pictures of over the past two weeks.

I found a new-to-me flavor of Chobani—blackberry. It actually didn’t have that much of a blackberry taste to me however, and actually reminded me more of the blueberry flavor. It’s not going to be a flavor worth seeking out…like any of the flips are (key lime crumble, I’m looking at you!)

 Chobani Blackberry Yogurt

Chobani Blackberry Yogurt

I also recently found a vitamin store that sells Quest bars near where I work, so I stopped by during one of my breaks to pick up the chocolate peanut butter flavor. I felt like taking a break from Cookies & Cream and White Chocolate Raspberry (wow, did I just say that??), and going back to a tried-and-true flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter sounded perfectly appetizing at the time.

 Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

For some reason I forgot that there were actual peanuts mixed in all that chocolate-y fudge of a bar. With all the hype surrounding the newer flavors, I almost forgot how delicious this flavor was! Plus, it gave me the much needed afternoon pick-me-up necessary for me to complete the last couple hours of work before calling it a day and heading home for dinner. 

Another bar that I snacked on that week was a Corazonas Oatmeal Square White Chocolate Macadamia Nut  bar, thanks to a free item coupon I found online. It would have been a cheap find even without the coupon though, since it was only $0.98 at my local grocery store. 

 Corazonas Oatmeal Square White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

Corazonas Oatmeal Square White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

It tasted like a soft oatmeal cookie with white chocolate chunks. Couldn’t detect any hint of macadamia, unfortunately. This bar might have been even more of a treat after some nuking in the microwave, but I just didn’t have the patience time for that ;)

Do you like savory waffle recipes?

What new foods have you tried lately?

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6 comments

    • P says:

      If you ever try it, you must let me know if it even compares to the real deal. I respect your opinion as a Pennsylvanian ;)

    • P says:

      That cornbread/chili combo in waffle form sounds delicious! And I have to agree—waffles seem much more satiating than regular ol’ bread.

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