When it comes to kitchen appliances, I’m sure most of us would agree that we don’t want any gadgets that only serve one purpose. Never shall I own a Quesadilla Maker or a Hot Dog Toaster (yes, that is a real thing).
But a waffle iron? Sure, we can assume they only make waffles and therefore wonder if they are worth the purchase because of the single job they perform. But guess what? I’ve been on a “what else can I make in my waffle iron?” kick lately, and I’m here to share some delightful waffle iron hacks!
The Waffle Iron: Good for so much more than just making waffles. Check it out…
It looks like a regular waffle. But it’s eggs, cheese, and hashbrowns, and it’s ridiculously good.
Why Waffle Iron Experiments?
Perhaps it’s the ease of making food in a waffle iron, the fact that I can easily offer a “made to order” option for picky eaters, and that I can make as many “waffles” that we need as we need them. Using a waffle iron instead of an oven on a hot day is also a huge perk because it doesn’t heat up the house!
And the best part: it’s fun. Somehow making food in the shape of a waffle is more fun than making food in the shape of normal.
Earlier this week I shared how you can make Waffle Omelets (otherwise known as Womelets). Later I will show you how you can make Waffle Muffins (perhaps we will call them Wuffins, though we hesitate to get carried away). And who knows what else this summer will bring as we avoid turning on the oven and test our waffle iron to the limits.
Today, I show you how to make Egg and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles. These are hearty and filling, naturally gluten/grain free, can be adapted for each family member’s preferences, and are fun to serve. The only difference is that there is no obvious way to cleverly rename these because saying Washbrowns is just weird.
Simple Egg and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles
- 6 eggs
- 1½ pounds frozen hashbrowns (or freshly made, see link below)
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Add in options: chopped meat, chopped veggies such as onions, pepper, mushrooms, or asparagus
- Whisk eggs and stir in all other ingredients.
- (For picky eaters, leave the add-in options separate to add to each waffle individually.)
- Scoop ½-3/4 cup of egg/hashbrown mixture into waffle iron.
- Top with add-ins.
- Close waffle iron and cook for 3-5 minutes until brown and crispy.
- Serve as is or with hot sauce if desired.
Want to make your own hashbrowns to keep in the freezer? Learn an easy method here!
Recipes for your Waffle Iron
- Whole Wheat Waffles (it is so obvious)
- Overnight Waffle Batter (great to have on hand and use as needed!)
- Cookies or Brownies in your Waffle Iron (seriously fun!)
- Waffle Omelets (my family loves these like crazy!)
- Waffle Muffins (coming soon)
- Strawberry Shortcake Waffles (also coming soon)
- Look out because I’m on a waffle iron kick. What else will I come up with?!?!
Have any ideas for me? What creative ways have you found to use your waffle iron?
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