Leftovers never tasted so good with this vintage recipe for cheese waffles with creamed ham. It’s a simple recipe the whole family will love!
I’ve always been a big fan of waffles. Every Christmas my dad makes us waffles for breakfast and I make them quite often at home as well.
I usually just make pretty normal waffles with some real maple syrup on top but when I saw a recipe for cheese waffles in a 1950s homemaking magazine I knew I needed to try them.
They recommended topping them with creamed ham, which is something I’d never had but see often in vintage recipes. It’s really just some ham in a creamy bechamel or a milk gravy without juice from the meat.
I tried to research the history of creamed ham and eating leftover meats like this over toast or other bread products has a long history but I haven’t been able to find the origins. You see it a lot in recipes from the depression-era and WW2 recipes, especially in the UK.
It’s a brilliant way to use up leftover meat and something we really should start doing again. The vintage recipes do seem to be a bit bland but adding some seasoning can make it delicious.
I knew the cheese waffles would be a hit because I have made ham and cheese pancakes and those are delicious. I make them often, likely more often than regular pancakes.
Cheese Waffles with Creamed Ham
These cheese waffles with creamed ham are great combo and a wonderful way to use leftover ham. I often have ham leftover after holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Sure ham and cheese sandwiches are good but this is a much more exciting way to use the leftovers.
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- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups leftover ham (chopped)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sift together dry ingredient.
- Combine milk, eggs, and butter; add to dry ingredients gradually.
- Gently stir in the cheese.
- Make the waffles using your waffle iron's directions.
- While your waffles are cooking, melt butter in medium sized pot over medium heat.
- Slowly add flour while whisking. Cook for about a minute, whisking constantly.
- Gradually add the milk, whisking as it's added. It should get very thick at first but it will thin out to a gravy as you add the milk. Be sure to scrap the sides and bottom of the pot
- Allow to thicken, not allowing it to boil, for 5-15 minutes until you get the consistency you like.
- Stir in the ham and season while tasting to make sure you don't over salt the sauce.
- Serve over your cheese waffles and enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 728Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 229mgSodium: 1843mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.