The third day of waffle week brings a somewhat healthier option: a salad. Yeah, and I even took a bite! Amazing… I know. I actually kind of liked it. But since I didn’t eat the whole thing, I invited some girlfriends over to make sure the recipe was sound – they both agreed it was quite tasty. Since I couldn’t just sit there while they ate, I chowed down on the basil/mint/feta waffle and some leftovers from the BLT-double-E. I think it was a win-win for all of us.
Oh yeah, and as for the name – it has two meanings. First, BMF = basil, mint, feta. Second = well, its three bad words. I realized this after coming up with the abbreviation for the ingredients and thought it was pretty awesome. Children may be reading this blog so I won’t spell it out but I’m sure you can figure it out.
Serving Size: About 6 salads (2 waffles each)
2 cups basic mix
4 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
2 tbsp fresh basil
1 tbsp fresh mint
½ cup feta (plus some extra for topping)
8-10 oz Arugula
½ lb strawberries, sliced
2 oz sliced almonds
1 bottle of Cuvée des Jacobins
Start by pouring the bottle of Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge into a pot and bring it to a boil.
Then, turn down (for what?!?! kidding…) the heat to a simmer and let the liquid reduce to about half. After this, set the reduction aside or in the fridge to cool down and thicken a bit. This is a sour/acidic beer and will resemble a balsamic vinegar dressing on your salad.
Next, melt the butter and combine with the eggs yolks. Add the whites to the buttermilk in a separate bowl. Then, mix the bowls of eggs together and slowly add the basic mix until the batter is smooth.
Wash and julienne the basil and mint and whisk it into the batter along with the feta.
Pour this mix into your hot waffle iron and let it cook until you have a few crispy waffles.
For one plate, top two waffles….
…with a handful of arugula…
…some sliced strawberries…
…and a bit of extra feta. Finally, spoon some of the Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge reduction on top as the dressing. Voila! Fancy waffle salad!