Spicy Waffles (GF)

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L loves spicy food. M has very sensitive taste buds. Ever since L and M got together, L has been slowly working on M’s ability to handle spice. Now, to M’s surprise, she loves spicy food and even requested L to come up with a spicy waffle. L couldn’t have been more happy to oblige and create this waffle that gives a kickstart to the day.


  • your favorite waffle mix or waffle recipe (you guessed it, we used Pamela’s baking & pancake mix)
  • 1 jalapeño (locally grown), minced
  • 2 tablespoons organic dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup spicy cheese, crumbled (we used hot cowboy cheddar from Christian Cheese, a local cheese company)
  • 1/2 an organic pear, thinly sliced
  • 3 sausage links, diced (we used Applegate Naturals breakfast sausage links)
  • 1 banana pepper (locally grown)
  • kosher salt, cracked black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1/3 organic grade-B maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard (we used Annie’s Naturals organic horseradish mustard)

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1. Preheat your oven to broil. Place banana pepper in an oven safe pan (L likes to use an old tin pie plate for stuff like this) and stick it on an oven rack directly under the heat source. Cook for several minutes, turning the pepper so that all sides are evenly charred. Don’t be afraid that you’ll burn it, we’re going to remove the skin when it’s all finished. When the pepper is all nice and charred, remove it from the oven and place it in a glass bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow to cool for several minutes. When the pepper is cool enough to touch carefully remove the skin, stem, and seeds. Slice the pepper into small strips and reserve.

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2. In a small sauce pan, heat maple syrup and mustard together over low heat. Stir to combine and set aside to adorn your finished waffles.

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3. Prepare your waffle mix according to instructions. Mix in brown sugar, jalapeños, and crumbled cheese. Pour into preheated waffle maker and arrange pear slices over the top of the waffles. Close the lid and press down gently to help cover the pears with the waffle mix. Cook on a medium-high heat setting for about 7 minutes.

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4. While your waffles are cooking, heat a tablespoon of oil in small sauté pan over medium heat. Add in your sausage and roasted banana peppers and sauté for several minutes until the sausage is nicely browned. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne.

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5. Remove your waffles from their maker and plate. Top with sausage and pepper mix and drizzle (or drown) in mustard maple syrup. Enjoy the burn!

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