These cheesy sweet potato waffles are a perfect lunch, brunch or dinner. They have a subtly fiery kick from the jalapenos to compliment the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and are topped with a crown of cheddar shards for a showstopping crunch.
Adding sweet potato to waffles gives them loads of delicious flavor! I've also filled them with cheese and jalapenos.
To add a little bit of extra pizazz, I've topped them with these super simple fried cheese shards.
They get crispy and delicious. You know when you cook something cheesy and the extra cheese gets hard and wonderful on the bottom of the pan? Well, why not just make those crispy cheese bits yourself!
So, let's make crispy cheese the star of the show - let's make cheese shards to go atop Cheddar and Jalapeno Sweet Potato Waffles!
I've added cheese to pureed sweet potato (a great way to use up leftovers!) and added a bit of heat with finely chopped jalapeno peppers.
For an extra cheese hit, I've made showstopping (but super-easy) cheese shards to give the meal a bit of crunch. There are those lovely crispy bits!
Sweet Potato Waffles with Cheese Shards
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 100 g 1 cup oats
- 125 g 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (I used Cathedral City Mature)
- 3-5 jalapeno slices or 1 fresh jalapeno - to taste, finely chopped
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Egg
- 180 ml ¾ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon oil vegetable, olive, or coconut
For the cheese shards
- 125 g 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 4 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
- 2 handfuls rocket arugula
- Roast the sweet potatoes for 40 minutes in a hot oven (200C / 400F) until soft and cooked through. Allow to cool and remove the skins. (This recipe is great for using up leftover cooked sweet potato from the night before!)
- Preheat the waffle iron and spray with a little oil.
- Whiz the oats in a blender or food processor until fine. Pour into a large bowl and stir with the cheese, jalapenos, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Puree the sweet potato in a blender or food processor, then add the egg, milk and oil and pulse to combine. Pour into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the batter into the waffle irons until ¾ full and cook until golden. Repeat until the batter is used up.
- Meanwhile, for the cheese shards, heat the oven to 200C/400F and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Arrange the grated cheese in small thin circles and cook until hot and starting to brown, 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray. They will get crispy as they cool. When cool, snap into shards.
- Serve the waffles topped with creme fraiche/sour cream, rocket/arugula and the cooled crispy cheese shards.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
These were phenomenal! I made them for dinner, no complaints but I thought they would make a great party appetizer, especially if you had a mini waffle maker. I had to make them without the jalapeno since I have little kids but I could definitely see how the addition of the jalapeno would have taken it to the next level.
Wow these cheese shards were lush! So crispy and easy. And sweet potato waffles are the best, beautiful recipe Kate!
What a great idea, I love that crispy cheese that drips off cheese on toast and you've made it look so pretty! Sweet Potatoes are also one of my favourite veggies, they are so versatile, waffles look brilliant. Thanks for including the link my Bola de Caco recipe, it was a lot of fun to make.
I am a complete cheese addict!!! I even had a cake made of cheese for my 40th. Love your cheesy shards.
You have surpassed yourself! What an incredibly beautiful dish AND full of tasty gorgeousness! Cheese shards are top of my list - I think I'll make them for my second born's 'end of A levels feast' in a couple of weeks time - he's a total cheese head AND loves sweet potatoes, perfect!
Love these! YUMMMMMMMMMY! And for the record, I'll eat cheese any way!
Kate | The Veg Space
Those look absolutely incredible - better than anything i've been served in a restaurant recently, in fact! I remember watching Jamie Oliver make his 'ultimate' cheese toastie on TV, which deliberately has lots of cheese oozing out the sides which he then crisps up in the pan. Your cheese shards made me think of it straight away. Right, I'm off to melt some cheese.....
Lucie Bright (@BCTinyKitchen)
I wonder if this would work with a bit of careful flipping on a griddle pan, They just look so good but sadly I don't have room in my kitchen for a waffle iron.
For a longer while I was trying to figure out how to smuggle my favourite sweet potatoes into something my family would not suspect... now I know what to do. The cheesy bit will definitely fool them 🙂 Thank you for sharing the recipe!
Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
Oh yum! I love making sweet potato waffles, but I usually load them up with maple syrup and berries. I really want to try this savoury option.
Weirdly I make something not too dissimilar but in rosti form (no oats), with added cheese and jalapenos. But I must give these a go as a main, perhaps with a poached egg on the side. But one the side because I don't want to mess with that gorgeous cheese shard!
Matthew From Nomageddon
I aspire to make cheese shards as gorgeous as that! Seriously keep kicking ass!
Mmmm that looks yummy specially the cheese part!
This is defintely a dish with serious visualimpact and I can well imagine it tastes just as good as it looks. What a gorgeous dish!
Wow! I love those crispy cheese wheels! I'm the one standing by the stove because I love picking the bits off the pan! This recipe looks so very delicious!
I have never heard of sweet potato waffles, this stuff is making me so hungry!
Ooooooh, I LURVEEEEEE sweet potatoes AND waffles! Love how you combined the two together!
I love cheddar cheese! This is a beautiful recipe and presentation! Love it
I love sweet potatoes in baked goods! these almost look too pretty to eat!
You had me at cheese shard! and then sweet potato, what a great looking dish!!
Jolina - The Unlikely Baker
These look stunning! There is nothing about this dish I don't love - jalapeño, sweet potato, crunchy cheese. And I absolutely agree with the cheese rules, especially about eating the piece that's too small to grate ha!
April J Harris
What a beautiful dish! Those cheese shards are just irresistible. What a great idea to use sweet potatoes for the waffles and I love the touch of spice too!
Mark, Compass & Fork
I really love the presentation in the photo. I am jealous! I love sweet potato so will need to try this out. Great job.
Oh wow they look and I should not read about food before I have lunch making me more hungry