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Jollof Fonio Waffle with Broccolini

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February 2, 2021 by Max Baroni

If you’ve never had a savory waffle, this is a good place to start. Packed with grated potato and onion, these waffles are similar to the latkes you might make around the holidays but with a flavorful West African twist. Made with our Jollof Fonio Pilaf and charred broccolini, these waffles have a great crunch with a soft and chewy inside. You can make these with just about any combination of vegetables and fonio, think shitake + kimchi, eggplant + kale, or tomato + halloumi.

These waffles take a bit longer to cook than traditional waffles, to dry out on the outside and get crispy, 7 minutes or so should do the trick- the longer you wait the crispier they’ll get. Don’t forget to oil your waffle iron well before beginning.


Makes 4 waffles
    • ½  cup Yolélé Jollof Fonio Pilaf, cooked and cooled according to package instructions
    • bunch broccolini
    • tablespoon olive oil
    • Salt + pepper
    • medium russet potatoes, peeled and grated
    • small yellow onion, grated
    • egg, lightly beaten
    • tablespoon all-purpose flour


      • 01 .  

        While the fonio cools, rinse broccolini, cut off hard stems, and season with salt + pepper.

      • 02 .  

        In a large skillet over medium heat, warm oil and sauté broccolini until charred and semi-soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool enough to handle. Roughly chop and set aside.

      • 03 .  

        Preheat the waffle iron and lightly oil both sides.

      • 04 .  

        In a large bowl, combine the grated potatoes and onion using your hands. Transfer onto a double-layered cheesecloth (or clean dish towel), gather the corners and squeeze out all the liquid over the sink until no more liquid comes out of the potato and onion mixture.

      • 05 .  

        Wipe down the bowl with a towel and transfer mixture back to the bowl. Add in the cooked fonio pilaf, egg, and flour and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Then, fold in the cooked broccolini.

      • 06 .  

        Measure out roughly half a cup of the fonio batter and press into the waffle iron with a spatula, spreading out evenly. You want this waffle to be thin and crispy so let it sit without opening for at least 5 minutes.

      • 07 .  

        Repeat step 6 until you’ve finished all the fonio batter.

      • 08 .  

        Enjoy with sour cream, crème fraîche, or any desired toppings!


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