Today´s recipe for the French Fridays with Dorie group is "Smoked Salmon Waffles" or "Gaufres au saumon fumé".
These are delicious savory homemade waffles laced with pieces of smoked salmon and scallions and served with all the trimmings (crème fraîche, smoked salmon, trout roe, and fresh dill) - they are quite an indulgent treat for a special day.
Although I am the proud ownwer of many a waffle iron (heart-shaped, Belgian waffle maker, crespelle maker, etc.), I cannot remember ever having made savory waffles before. We do not have the habit of eating waffles for breakfast around here. We ususally enjoy them with tea or coffee in the afternnon. Sometimes I prepare buttermilk waffles and serve some Canadian maple syrup alongside, or Belgian waffles with a yeast-based dough, or crispy crespelle-like waffles like my grand-mother used to bake but most often, I will make heart-shaped waffles with a light dusting powdered sugar, my kids favorite.
I decided to use my beloved heart-shaped waffle iron for this recipe and simply added a heaping tablespoon full of batter in the middle of the waffle maker - so I would end up with mini waffles, perfect for stacking them up and serving them as appetizers. It took a bit of time to use up all the batter, it did make a lot of small waffles, but once all the waffles were baked, I was quite enamored with the way these waffle stacks looked like - very pretty.
The batter is simple and very quick to put together, no rest period required either - all you need is plain flour, baking powder, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, whole milk, eggs, unsalted butter, smoked salmon, a few scallions, and chives. After I took a look at the recipe, I decided to omit the scallions altogether and load up on chives instead and to add the smoked salmon on top of the finished waffles, instead of adding it to the batter. I just did not want to have my precious waffle maker to have a lingering smell of smoked salmon and onions after making these. And, in the end, I believe the waffles taste better and look prettier this way.
These savory salmon waffles have a nice golden color and wonderful flavor from the chives. They turned out a bit crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. Perfect.
When they are all dressed up with that lovely and decadent dollop of crème fraîche, a bit of vibrant and salty trout roe and some wonderfully fragrant fresh dill - they are impossible to resist. With these toppings, they do remind me of my mini Potato Rösti that I usually dress the same way, or some buckwheat blinis.
To see how much the other members of the French Fridays with Dorie group enjoyed this recipe, please go here.
If you happen to own Dorie Greenspan´s "Around my French Table", you will find the recipe for these lovely Smoked Salmon Waffles on pages 170-171.