Waffle iron hacks

by Khushboo on September 25, 2014

There’s no way I can put up a post today without first wishing my sister the happiest of birthdays!  Aside from it being her #DirtyThirty, it’s Shyamla’s first birthday as a mom-to-be…exciting stuff!  No celebratory alcohol only means extra cake…Am I right or am I right ;)!

So let’s talk about irony for a second!  A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for my High-Protein Oatmeal Waffles

waffles

 I kid you not when I say that my waffle iron went kaput less than 24 hours later!  Although it meant not being able to temporarily eat waffles for breakfast, part of me felt relieved it went bust.  As we’d had it for over 20 years, I was glad to trade that clunky, bigger-than-it-needs-to-be piece of equipment for a much more compact & sleeker-looking waffle iron! 

I’ve gotten a bit experimental with my waffle iron over the past week!  I know many people are hesitant to buy a waffle iron out of uncertainty over how much it will be used, so maybe these waffle iron hacks will change that:

First up were Sweet Potato Hashbrowns:

Sweet Potato Hash Browns

As you can see from the bite taken, I was a bit too excited to see how they turned out.  After washing it clean, I merely grated the sweet potato, coated my waffle iron with cooking spray, and squeezed out the extra water from the potato shreds while the waffle iron heated up.  Then I distributed the sweet potato evenly and let the waffle iron work its magic.  While the sweet potatoes crisped up perfectly, it took longer than I expected, about 25-30 minutes.  Oh and for extra nutrients & less labor, leave the skin on!

Next up: A toastie.  Although the picture isn’t great, this Pizza Toastie tasted fabulous!

Pizza Toastie 2

I merely spread marinara sauce across 2 slices of rye bread, added a tablespoon of grated cheese to each slice & oregano and sandwiched the two slices together.  Once the waffle iron heated up, I added the sandwich & watched it turn into a toastie within 3-4 minutes.  

Pizza Toastie

Ooey gooey cheese….does it get any better?

And finally my waffle iron also busted out an omelet….or shall we say a Wafflet ;)! 

Wafflet

I coated the heated waffle iron with cooking spray, poured in the whisked eggs & my fluffy omelet wafflet was ready within 2-3 minutes!  No flipping, no breakage…WIN! My only advice is to not put in too much egg/batter.  Otherwise you can expect egg spillage all over your counter…I speak from experience!

What’s your favourite kitchen hack?

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Shashi @ RunninSrilankan September 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Your waffle skills are seriously phenomenal!!! I had heard about a potaffle before and now these waffle-ized Sweet Potato Hashbrowns and that waffflet are seriously making me wanna dust off my wafflemaker! I don’t recall successfully “hacking” anything other than beets!
Happy happy birthday to Shyamla – and congrats to her as well on her lil’one!

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Haha thanks Shashi! Do share your beet hacking experience…I’m intrigued 🙂

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Shyamla September 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Thank you so much for the wishes KT!! Ok, you have just convinced me that 1. I need to own a waffle maker or 2. come and visit you have you make all those different types of waffles for me. They ALL look so tempting. Counting down to come see you xxx

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I like option 2 better- come SOON!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld September 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I love making omelettes in a waffle iron….or even toasting toast haha.

I once tried waffling a potato. Don’t try that.

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Wafflng a sweet potato turned out great!

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Rosh September 25, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi KT, which waffle iron do you recommend buying? also please send me the oatmeal waffle recipie. thanksss
xx

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Rosh! We bought some generic brand from Bombay which works great! Try Phillips- their kitchen appliances are quite reputable :)! For the oatmeal waffle recipe, check out this link: http://kthadani.com/2014/08/11/high-protein-oatmeal-waffles/

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Jen @ Bagels to Broccoli September 25, 2014 at 6:11 pm

TOASTIES!!!!! I’m reminded of how much I freaking loved these when I go back to the UK.

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

They are the best!

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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness September 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hahaha i thought that “bite taken” was just supposed to be in the shape of a heart 🙂 You certainly have some mad waffle making skills- i’m very impressed with the wafflet! (i actually don’t own a waffle iron. i should get one. ) Happy birthday and congrats to your sister!!! (extra cake is always a good thing:) )

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Haha I shouldn’t have said anything about the bite- a heart-shaped waffle would have given me that much more street cred ;)!

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Brittany September 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm

THOSE HASH BROWNS! WOW, this is awesome. I would say you are getting full use of this waffle iron! I need one…sooo need one.

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

It’s so worth getting- clearly I can vouch for that 😉

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GiGi Eats September 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

WAFFLETTE! OMG I LOVEEEEEE THAT NAME! Girl, I have been wanting a waffle iron for YEARS – and I NEED TO GET ONE ASAP! I am going to Bed Bath & Beyond today for other things and I may just walk out with one of those too. Oh man, my wallet better get ready !LOL!

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Hahaha so tell me- did you cave & buy one???

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GiGi Eats September 28, 2014 at 4:19 am

I DID NOT SEE THEM – so out of sight, out of mind!! 😉

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Khushboo October 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Ah shucks!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm

why have I never thought of making an omelette in a waffle iron before? That is brilliant!! That might have to be breakfast or lunch tomorrow. Happy birthday to your sister!

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Ooh I hope you give it a shot, Sam- it turned out awesome!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen September 26, 2014 at 4:12 am

Love the idea for the waffled sweet potato hashbrowns! I don’t know why, but I rarely get out my waffle iron. I often forget I even have it!

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Haha now you have 3 reasons to dust it off 😉

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Jen @ Chase the Red Grape September 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Ok mind blown with cooking eggs in the waffle maker! Now I know this there is no excuse not to get one! 🙂

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

No excuse at all 🙂

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables September 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I love little kitchen short cuts like this!! I definitely need to get out my waffle iron and whip up some hashbrowns. That sounds awesome!

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I was so surprised at how well they turned out- hope you enjoy ’em!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick September 27, 2014 at 12:54 am

Oh Gosh. You make it really hard NOT to buy one! I guess I know what is on my xmas-wishlist….. 🙂

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Less than 100 days to go 🙂

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 27, 2014 at 4:22 am

I’ve been waiting for this post!!! Too bad the hash took so long… I really want to do it though. Love waffling sandwiches. And quesadillas!

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Ohh quesadillas is a great idea- definitely trying that next 🙂

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 27, 2014 at 4:31 am

Genius! I love all these waffle iron hacks, but now you’ve got me seriously embarrassed for not even being able to remember the last time I busted out my waffle iron 😆 I’ve never tried making anything but waffles in it, but I really, REALLY want to try making cookies — that just sounds all sorts of fabulous 😀

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Khushboo September 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Dude waffle cookies sound epic…can’t wait to see what you come up with :D!!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets September 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm

No it does not get any better than ooey gooey cheese, although I love the sweet potato hash brown waffle too. Awesome idea. If you can do all this, maybe I can turn my Panini maker into a full blow waffle maker. Alright, I’m off to investigate.

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Khushboo October 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Ooh any luck?? Did the panini maker step up??

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Oh yes it stepped up. I used it to make a sandwich though. Oops.

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Linda @ the Fitty September 29, 2014 at 2:35 am

New follower and I LOVE these hacks, especially the womlette 🙂

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Khushboo October 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Ah thanks so much Linda & welcome 😀

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Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating September 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

This is a fun idea! Have you ever tried hummus waffles? I made some hummus waffles one time when I had to do some recipe demos for Sabra hummus at our farmer’s market. I got creative by doing a hummus waffle (just use a waffle mix or make your own and add hummus into the wet ingredients). People loved it!

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Khushboo October 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Hummus waffles sound EPIC- thanks for the suggestion..definitely trying it out!

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P September 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

The sandwich/toastie idea is such a good one! And happy birthday to your sis 🙂

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Khushboo October 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Thanks P 🙂

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Parita @ myinnershakti September 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Love the sweet potato hash browns and how crispy they look!

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Khushboo October 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I was so pleasantly surprised at how crispy they turned out 🙂

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