Lake Norman Magazine

Trend or Treat- the ultimate brunchfast

Richard Rudisill

Not being one to get caught up in popular food trends, I have to say chicken and waffles is one that I truly adore. What is not to like about crispy fried chicken on a slightly sweet waffle and smoothed with warm creamy gravy? Well, nothing! It could possibly be one of the best combination is the entire culinary world.Chicken and waffles is a “love it” or “hate it” kind of dish, and it brings on much debate as it did in the WCCB Rising kitchen this past week during my “Tuesdays with Troy” show. One crew member stepped into the kitchen and said “Man I love chicken and waffles, I had some in Atlanta not too long ago for the first time and they were amazing.” Only minutes later an administrative person came in and asked, “Why in the world would you want fried chicken with waffles, gross!” Ok, so, chicken and waffles is not for everyone. Or are they? The thing with preparing your own food, at home, for yourself; is that you can make it just the way you like it. You have control over what goes into a particular dish and what stays out. For me, I am not crazy about something overly sweet, as in dessert sweet, for lunch or dinner; or for that matter breakfast either. Now if you do, knock yourself out and go crazy, just remember too much of anything usually doesn’t bode well when putting food together. Well, unless it is bacon...For this version, I cut back on the sugar content in a basic waffle batter to go for a more savory waffle. Adding sharp cheddar cheese and poblano peppers to the batter did just the trick. The cheese got into its melty mode and made the waffle creamy on the inside and the crispy burnt edges on the outside were the perfect contrast.The diced poblano peppers add a small amount of heat to balance out the sweetness from the sugar in the waffle batter. As the waffle is cooking the peppers are steamed and permeate throughout the entire waffle. Add perfectly fried chicken to the top and smoother with this smoked bacon maple gravy and you have something that will forever change your thinking about chicken and waffles.

Fried Chicken & Green Chili-Cheddar Waffles with Smoked Bacon Maple Gravy