When my P.S. (Pantry Supplier/hubby) called from the grocery store and asked if I could use a couple of bags of spinach fast, I assured him I would have no problem doing that. I like to slip spinach into so many recipes I might be a distant cousin of Popeye. Although I have yet to work spinach into a dessert, today spinach is going in waffles.
My spinach waffle idea was from several sources. I saw a recipe for Colcannon waffles on Sugar n’ Stuff’s site around St Patrick’s Day that I wanted to try sometime soon. I also had pinned a recipe for pizza waffles from the We Can Waffle It site. My thought: let’s make spinach waffle pizzas!
I had plenty of ham and with a can of crushed pineapple and some handfuls of shredded cheese we’d have Hawaiian Pizza Spinach Waffles. Hawaiian Pizza on Spinach Waffles? Spinach Waffles with Hawaiian Pizza Toppings? I decided I should stop adding things to my recipe as I had probably combined enough styles and heritages in one dish. Supper would be multi-cultural, whatever it would eventually be called
I used my own recipe for cornmeal waffles. I prepared the batter using that recipe and stirred in 2 cups of chopped spinach I’d sautéed briefly in a skillet with a tablespoon of butter and some salt. I just wanted it wilted so that it was easily added to the batter and poured into the griddle.
I also added ½ cup of Parmesan cheese to give the waffle pizza base a touch more flavor of the cheesy kind. I was ready to make waffles next.
I heated my Belgian waffle iron and sprayed it well with cooking spray. I spread batter for the first waffle, closed the iron and waited for the steam to appear that meant it was done.
I wasn’t too concerned that it might be under cooked as they were going to rest on a rack in the preheated oven until all of the waffles were made.
Waffles all cooked, I left 4 waffles on the rack and set the rest aside on a plate to cool before refrigerating them for later. My P.S. heats them for breakfast and chooses his own syrups or toppings.
I spread a few tablespoons of pizza sauce over the waffles, taking care not to over-sauce them and make them mushy. I just wanted a little of the tomato flavor on each waffle.
Next I sprinkled the diced ham all over the waffles then the crushed pineapple that I’d drained well.
I put plenty of cheese over the tops and slid the pan back into the oven on the middle rack again. I turned on the broiler and let them broil until the cheese was browned and bubbly. Dinner was ready!
The waffles were so good! The crispy cornbread waffles with spinach were so flavorful with the added Parmesan. They were the perfect “crust” for the ham and other pizza toppings. I loved them served hot and they were even better eaten cold for breakfast the next day. One waffle really was filling and a half was enough for two breakfasts.
I’d make them again, definitely. I might add just a touch more pizza sauce next time. The crispy waffles could stand up to more tomato sauce, easily. Next time I want to do mushrooms, black olives and ground beef. Maybe even some sautéed onions. There are so many possibilities for this dish, it”s very versatile!
Hawaiian Pizza on Spinach Waffles
1 recipe cornmeal waffles
4 cups chopped spinach (measured before chopping)
1/2 cup Parmesan; shredded
1 can unsweetened crushed pineapple; drain and press all juice from the fruit
1 1/2 cups ham; diced
2 cups mozzarella; shredded
1 cup pizza sauce (I used Boboli)
Make waffle batter according to recipe
Chop spinach and wilt in a large frying pan with a little olive oil, 3 or 4 minutes. Stir into waffle batter with Parmesan.
Make waffles, putting them on a rack in the oven set at 200 degrees F to keep warm until all waffles are made.
Using as many waffles as needed for the meal, lay on the rack and spread each waffle with pizza sauce. Add diced ham, crushed pineapple and top with mozzarella.
Turn on broiler and put pan into oven. Broil until cheese is golden brown. Serve hot.
Leftover pizza waffles can be refrigerated or frozen and reheated, or just eaten cold.
Any plain waffles can be eaten with syrup or other toppings. Or freezer for later.