TO PREPARE THE WAFFLES
Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl. In another bowl, stir together the egg yolks, milk, stout, bourbon, sweet potatoes and butter. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, stirring until just combined.
Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Gently fold them into the batter (it’s OK if a few streaks of egg white remain). Hold until you are ready to bake and serve.
TO PREPARE THE HAM AND MAPLE SAUCE
Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ham and cook, stirring, until it begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream, leftover sauce, maple syrup and mustard. Simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
Bake the waffles as directed by the waffle iron manufacturer. Top the waffles with the ham sauce, garnish with the chives and serve.
• Alternative Cuts: Chopped ham steak; diced smoked pork chops or smoked pork loin (Canadian bacon); or slab bacon, cut into small chunks (pour off the grease before adding the cream). Cooking times may vary.
• If you don’t have stout or other dark beer, use light beer or even water.
• Maple syrup can be pricey, but the lower-grade, and often lower-priced, maple syrups are fuller in flavor. Feel free to go for the budget-friendly Grade B maple syrup for this recipe; its deeper flavor is a perfect match for the smoky ham.
TO PREPARE THE HAM STOCK
Yield: About 2 quarts This stock provides a hearty underpinning for soup.
Throw the ham bone or hocks into a soup pot and add everything else. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 21⁄2 to 3 hours, or until the broth has a nice hammy flavor or the ham hocks are tender. Strain and reserve any bits of ham or ham hock meat.
Refrigerate the meat and stock separately and remove any congealed fat before using.
Recipe from The Great Meat Cookbook by Bruce Aidells with Anne-Marie Ramo. Copyright © 2012 by Bruce Aidells. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.