What Else Can You Cook in a Waffle Iron, Anyway?

If you think that the waffle iron is a one-use kitchen appliance, you are wrong. Open your mind, young Jedi.

maria lorraine says the waffle iron’s great for making low-fat hash browns: “Crispy on the outside, creamy potato goodness on the inside … I’d have a waffle iron just for making hash browns.” Grate Yukon gold potatoes into a double thickness of paper towels, and squeeze all the water out. Preheat your waffle iron, and spray with olive oil or Pam, or brush with oil. Place the shredded potatoes in the iron, and sprinkle with salt before closing the lid. You may have to experiment with temperature settings (medium high or high) and timing on your iron to get the potatoes to cook through by the time they crisp up on the outsides.

chowdear offers this recipe for waffle iron brownies, saying they’re great for the summer, when you don’t want to heat up the house with the oven:

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs, well beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. When melted, remove from heat and mix cocoa into butter thoroughly. Stir in sugar, beaten eggs, and water. Add flour and salt; beat well. Stir in nuts, if using. Preheat waffle iron to medium setting. Into each section of the heated waffle iron, drop one well-rounded teaspoon of batter. Close lid and bake about 1 1/2 minutes. The brownies are done if they do not stick to the top of the waffle iron. Use the tip of a wooden skewer or toothpick to remove brownies easily. Let cool on racks. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar if you like. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

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