Cheesy Idea

Recently, my husband and I picked up cottage cheese from the market when we already had an extra carton hiding in the back of our refrigerator. Of course, I took this as an opportunity to find new ways to incorporate cottage cheese into recipes I already enjoy. One of my most appreciated discoveries happened when cottage cheese met waffles:

The cottage cheese melts completely into this dish, making it a secret ingredient that adds a moist, creamy texture to the inside and flecks of crispy cheese to be enjoyed along the outer edges of these fluffy waffles. I realize I was just trying to use the extra cottage cheese I had on hand before it went bad, but I don't know if I'll be making waffles without it again. The results were so fantastic and the addition of it was so simple that I think it's just going to become a regular part of making waffles in my home.

Of course, it didn't hurt that I had beautiful fresh strawberries from our CSA box and some freshly whipped cream to top the waffles. Those of you who spend any amount of time poking around this site already know that I've got a bit of a soft spot for breakfast and brunch dishes and this one flew to the top of my favorites after just one appearance at the breakfast table. Trust me, you will want to make this for your family. You can thank me later.

Cottage Cheese Waffles

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, cottage cheese, milk and oil.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the cottage cheese mixture and stir just until blended. Don't over mix.

To make the waffles, pour the batter into a hot waffle iron that has been sprayed with oil. I like to use an ice cream disher to help fill the waffle iron about 2/3 full (to allow for expansion upon cooking) with batter. Cook each waffle for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown with crisp edges.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes