Waffle House Kielbasa Cheddar Waffles

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons shortening
½ cup half-and-half
½ cup milk
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb kielbasa, chopped into small blocks
1 cup of maple syrup

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
Lightly beat the egg in another medium bowl and combine with sugar, butter, and shortening, mixing well until smooth.
Add the half & half, milk, buttermilk and vanilla and mix well.
Add the dry flour mixture to the wet mixture while beating and mix until smooth. Fold in the cheese.
If you can, cover and chill overnight, though the batter can be used right away.
Rub a light coating of vegetable oil on a waffle iron, and preheat it.
Leave the batter out of the refrigerator to warm up a bit as your waffle iron is preheating.
Spoon ⅓ to ½ cup of batter into the waffle iron and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the waffles are light brown.

Keep waffles warm in the oven.

In a skillet over medium high heat, fry up the kielbasa until nice and crispy. Drain grease. Over low heat, pour maple syrup over the kielbasa and warm through.

Serve over waffles immediately.