Chicken and waffles. Golden, salty, and sweet. It sounds delicious, but I have to admit: I’ve never eaten it. I’m not sure if it has always been a popular Southern dish or if it has just recently become trendy, but I hear about chicken and waffles more these days than I ever did growing up in Georgia. Mmmm, now I want chicken and waffles. Crispy fried chicken, juicy and salty, and a thin-crusted cakey waffle with salty butter and sweet syrup. Now I’m hungry.
I wasn’t a fan of a lot of traditional Southern foods. I don’t care about barbeque, I didn’t like Brunswick stew. I never liked sweet tea until I was an adult, and even now I never drink it. I don’t cook my greens in lard or bacon fat, I don’t go crazy for all the insanely fatty dishes that bury the flavor of the foundational vegetable.
The Southern foods I do love, though, are biscuits – flaky and bronzed. The biscuit I had at the donut shop in New Orleans was one of the best foods I have ever put in my mouth. I had caramelized bacon and a fried egg on it, and between the savory sweet crispness of the bacon, and the soft heartiness of the egg, and the buttery crisp-on-the-outside, melt-on-the-inside biscuit, it was groan-inducing. The biscuit was even better than the donut I got, which was praline pecan and would have been remarkable if not for the biscuit.
So I love biscuits. And I love grits. Though I only love grits when they are well-made: thick and rich and creamy, salty, and with a smooth cheese, and then, best of all, dotted with shrimp and maybe a couple of fresh tomato slices. And salt. Did I mention the salt? My God. Yum.
And finally, pecan pie. That’s a Southern dish I will always claim, rich and sweet and bourbon brown, with succulent toasted pecans on top, and the flaky crust that cuts the sweetness, and just a touch of salt, because salt with sweet is the only way to go.
Photo credit: Keith McDuffee Homemade waffles
For the month of April, I will be publishing a 10-minute free write each day, initiated by a prompt from my prompt box. Minimal editing. No story. Just thoughts spilling onto the page. Thank you to LRose for the prompt “Cotton swabs.”
7 thoughts on “Waffle”
I might have to go find some pecan pie now. Thanks for making me hungry! 🙂
I couldn’t agree with you more. I must try chicken and waffles.
This made me really hungry.. I need waffles now!
My kingdom for a working waffle iron and my mother’s buttermilk biscuit recipe right now…
You grew up in Georgia? What part. I spent 4 years at Ft Benning by Columbus. I didn’t get to eat southern food though till I stayed with my Missouri Grandparents. They taught me about that home cooking. Now waffles to me need something sweet on them. I’d never want chicken on them But fried, oh my goodness, Good fried chicken and and and. Oh heck. I’m heading tot he kitchen. This was fun but not good for my diet.:)
I’ve never tried chicken and waffles either but keep meaning to! Your description nearly made me drool, haha!
I’ve had chicken and waffles and it is delicious. This post made me hungry!
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