One of my all-time favorite shows is Parks and Rec (all episodes available on Netflix if you haven’t seen it!). While grumpy, anti-everything Ron Swanson is probably my favorite character, I love watching Amy Poehler as the tireless, passionate and absolutely hilarious Leslie Knope. If you’ve ever seen the show, you know Leslie’s ultimate favorite food is waffles. She even has this to say about them:
“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.”
Well, I couldn’t agree more. Here’s a classic, no-fail waffle recipe to accompany your winter break binge-watching marathon of Parks and Rec. Enjoy!
OLD FASHIONED WAFFLES
- Adapted from smitten kitchen
- Yields: 4-5 Belgian-sized waffles
- 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 cup white sugar *can reduce to 2 Tbsp. if you prefer less sweet waffles
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 cup non-fat, plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 eggs, separated
- 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Non-stick cooking spray (or extra melted butter)
- For topping: pure maple syrup, berries, extra softened butter, fresh whipped cream, etc. Whatever your heart desires!
- Preheat your waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, sugar and baking soda). Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, milk, egg yolks, melted butter and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well-combined.
- In a small mixing bowl, beat your egg whites with a hand mixer on medium high speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold them into the batter.
- Once your waffle iron has preheated, spray it generously with nonstick spray (or brush with melted butter) before cooking each waffle. Add a heaping cup (I used a 3/4 cup) of batter to the iron and close to distribute it. Cook according to your waffle maker’s instructions, but generally it should be 3-5 minutes until done. Repeat until all the batter has been used.
- TIP: I preheat my oven to its lowest setting (170 degrees F) and keep the waffles in there while cooking up the rest until all are ready to serve.
- To serve: Top with your choice of toppings and serve warm.