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Did you purchase a waffle iron only to use it three times for the same hum-drum weekend brunch? Did you know that a waffle iron is pretty much an ultimate food-hacking tool? Yes, it's true. Time to take the waffle iron out of the back of your cupboard. Dust it off because we've got 7 speedy recipes that you can make with your waffle iron. S'more waffles, mac n' cheese, omelettes; get ready for the ways of the waffle.
1. Ombr� Waffles
This one is pretty simple & perfect for kids! All it takes is some Bisquick and food coloring. You can also use the homemade waffle batter from our smore waffles in number 6 below.
- waffle batter
- 1 color of food coloring (we prefer gel)
Prepare the Bisquick (or other waffle batter) as per the directions on the box. Separate the batter into 4 bowls and color it using the gel food coloring. You want the batter to be different shades of the same color, so you'll add the most food coloring to the first dish and less to each of the following. The darkest color will go around the outside of the waffle so you'll need slightly more batter in the darkest bowl and the least amount of the batter in the lightest bowl.
We prefer gel food coloring since it tends to be more pigmented.
Scoop the batter into piping bags or the corners of ziplock bags. Once the waffle iron is heated, take the darkest color and draw a circle around the outside of the waffle iron.
Take the next shade and work your way into the center of the waffle iron. Shut the lid and cook. Dress the waffle with the toppings of your choice.
Tip: Try using red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple (starting with red on the outside). When you cut the waffle in half you get two rainbows that kids will love. Use whipped cream to create clouds.
2. Mac n' Cheese Waffle
This waffle is a next level snack full of cheese, bacon and herbs. This is a fun one to throw out on game day. Make sure you spray both sides of the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
- 1 box of mac n' cheese with the cheese powder (we used white PC macaroni and cheese)
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
- 6 pieces of bacon
- 2 cups of panko bread crumbs
- 1 egg beaten
- fresh chopped herbs (we used Italian parsley)
Cook the macaroni on the stove until al dente. Remove from heat and add the milk and cheese pouch from the box. Mix in the bacon, cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, egg and herbs. When well mixed, scoop into your waffle maker and cook until slightly crispy. break into quarters and use a dip for snacking. Try ranch or hot sauce.
3. Quesadilla Waffle
- 6 small tortillas
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 1 bell pepper
- chopped green onions
This is by far the easiest way to make quesadillas. This recipe will make 3 but if you want more just use more tortillas Place one tortilla on the waffle iron. Sprinkle with cheese, minced pepper, onion and top with more cheese. Place a second tortilla on top and close the iron.
Let the cheese melt and the tortilla to crisp up a bit. Cut into pieces and serve with Avocado, salsa and sour cream.
Tip: Add any type of vegetable that your heart desires. Try mushrooms, jalapenos or tomatoes.
4. Waffle Iron Omelette
- 4 eggs
- 1 tbsp cream
- 2 tbsp of cheese
- salt & pepper
Beat all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Spray both sides of the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
Carefully pour the eggs into the iron and cook for about 4 minutes. Voila, eggs made easy.
5. S'more Waffles
Because why wouldn't these exist for completely indulgent brunch days.
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 - 3 crushed graham wafers
- chocolate hazelnut spread (we used nutella)
- mini marshmallows
- graham wafer
To make the waffle batter, sift together the dry ingredients in a bowl. Beat together the eggs, milk and honey using a fork. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients. Don't over mix this. Add the batter to your waffle iron and cook the waffle until it's not quite done.
Open the lid and put two tbsp of chocolate spread on one half. Add about a 1/4 cup of marshmallows and some crushed graham wafer.
Fold the waffle in half. Close the waffle iron and let your s'more waffle cook another minute until the marshmallows melt.
Cut the waffle in half and serve with syrup.
6. Sweet Potato Waffle
Need your fruits and veggies? Try this gluten free waffle and top it off with a fried egg for protein.
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 apple
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Grate the sweet potato and apple. Mix them together with the egg and cinnamon. Make sure you spray your waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray on both sides for this one. put a few spoon fulls on the waffle maker.
Close the top and cook for approximately 8 minutes or until the waffle begins to crisp a bit. Remove and serve hot.