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Savory Waffles for Lunch or Dinner

Go beyond the sweet, light classic with these hearty main-dish waffles
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Savory waffles are having a moment. It’s not a totally new concept, of course: In the South, fried chicken has long been paired with waffles. Here we’re crazy-cool Asian and Indian riffs on this favorite combination, as well as waffles spiked with savory ingredients like cheese, smoked salmon, and sausage. The result is both unexpected and familiar, and totally deserves to be at the center of the dinner plate.

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