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A Savory Waffle With Ham and Egg Recipe

You can make your own version of a Denny's Slam right at home for way less calories.
A Savory Waffle With Ham and Egg RecipeMitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The classic American waffle and pancake plates we are used to seeing at most diners and restaurants are oversized enough, but once you throw in a side of eggs and breakfast meats, you're bound to start your day with the caloric equivalent of a triple cheeseburger. Not a particularly energizing meal to help you get through your day. We've made you an alternative here with this recipe with our own version of Denny's super popular (and super caloric) Slam. We start by building around an open-faced sandwich with a toasted waffle as an alternative to a pancake. The ingredients may sound like a strange combination, but stick with us! We know what we're doing. The flavors are nicely balanced and the portion size is perfect, if we do say so ourselves. Plus, most importantly, the nutritional profile of this savory waffle is just what you want for the most important meal of the day.

Nutrition: 270 calories, 11 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 890 mg sodium

Serves 4

You'll Need

4 thick slices Canadian bacon or deli ham
4 eggs
4 frozen whole grain waffles (We like Van's Gourmet Multi-Grain. Each waffle packs 2.5 grams of fiber and just 95 calories.)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
4 Tbsp shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Salt and black pepper to taste
Parsley (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Coat with a bit of olive oil cooking spray and cook the Canadian bacon for a few minutes on each side, until well browned.  Remove.
  2. Coat the same pan with a bit more spray and cook the eggs (2 at a time, if you must; avoid overcrowding the pan) sunny side up until the whites have set but the yolks are still runny.
  3. In the meantime, toast the waffles. Top each toasted waffle with a slice of meat, a drizzle of maple syrup, a sprinkle of Cheddar, and the warm fried eggs.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley (if using).

Eat This Tip

With a whole-wheat waffle as your base, you can build a slew of sweet and savory open-faced breakfast sandwiches. Try one of these.

  • Peanut butter, sliced banana, sliced almonds, and a drizzle of honey
  • Scrambled eggs, turkey, and guacamole
  • Fresh ricotta or mascarpone cheese, sliced strawberries or figs, and agave syrup

This recipe (and hundreds more!) came from one of our Cook This, Not That! books. For more easy cooking ideas, you can also buy the book!

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