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.
- ½ cup Yolélé Jollof Fonio Pilaf, cooked and cooled according to package instructions
- 1 bunch broccolini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt + pepper
- 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and grated
- 1 small yellow onion, grated
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 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!