[Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt, Morgan Eisenberg, Daniel Shumski]
A waffle iron may appear to be one thing of a specialty equipment, however with somewhat creativity you will get a ton of use out of it. You can also make waffles, clearly—traditional buttermilk, gluten-free candy potato, tamale-inspired inexperienced chili, and extra—however that is simply the beginning. You can also make plenty of different issues too, from churros to hash browns to ramen. Nonetheless not bought? How about making leftover mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or French fries nearly as good as new? To search out all of our favourite makes use of for this surprisingly versatile gadget, preserve studying for 14 waffle-iron recipes.
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Waffles Buttermilk Vanilla Waffles[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]These ethereal waffles are leavened with steam, flecked with fragrant vanilla bean, and have a contact of tangy buttermilk. Be sure to make use of simply egg whites for the proper texture—complete eggs will make the waffles too dense.
Buttermilk Vanilla Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete record In a single day Brown-Butter Yeast-Raised Waffles[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

The batter for these waffles wants to sit down in a single day, however they solely take a pair minutes to whip up, so you possibly can throw it collectively on a whim to present future you a straightforward reward. Brown butter offers the waffles a nutty richness and the in a single day rise offers them a crust that’s skinny however tremendous crispy.
In a single day Brown-Butter Yeast-Raised Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete record Gluten-Free Candy Potato and Corn Waffles[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]Folks with gluten intolerance can get pleasure from waffles, too, because of this recipe made with corn flour, sorghum flour, cornstarch, and candy potato purée (or canned pumpkin). Remember to search for a model of corn flour particularly labeled gluten-free as a result of some are cross-contaminated with wheat.
Gluten-Free Candy Potato and Corn Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete record Totally Loaded Mexican Fried Rooster With Inexperienced Chili–Corn Waffles[Photograph: Morgan Eisenberg]

This waffle is impressed by a tamale and made with masa harina, cornmeal, and roasted poblano peppers. To maintain the theme going, we high it with guacamole, ancho-honey bacon, and fried rooster that’s marinated in lime juice and breaded with extra masa and cornmeal. Salsa roja and crema deliver all the things collectively.
Totally Loaded Mexican Fried Rooster With Inexperienced Chili–Corn Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete record Bacon, Cheese, and Scallion Waffles[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]One other savory waffle, this one is full of bacon, cheese, and scallions. The cheese stays gooey within the heart of the waffle however oozes out and crisps up alongside the sides for a pleasant textural distinction. Prime with maple syrup for a sweet-savory be aware.
Bacon, Cheese, and Scallion Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete listWaffle-Like Objects Waffled Mashed Potatoes With Bacon, Scallion, and Cheddar[Photograph: Daniel Shumski]

Reheating mashed potatoes is a recipe for disappointment—they invariably dry out and change into a shadow of their former glory. However do not throw out your leftovers, as a result of you possibly can breathe new life into yesterday’s mashed potatoes through the use of them as the bottom for a waffle batter. The bacon, scallions, and cheddar aren’t strictly essential, however somewhat bacon and cheese make all the things higher.
Waffled Mashed Potatoes With Bacon, Scallion, and Cheddar Recipe »Again to the complete record Stuffing Waffles[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]This recipe is ideal for the day after Thanksgiving, however it’s so amazingly scrumptious that it would inspire you to make stuffing year-round. The waffle iron maximizes the stuffing’s crispiness whereas leaving the inside barely custardy. Once we first made these we weren’t positive whether or not to serve them with gravy or maple syrup, however it seems the suitable reply each.
Stuffing Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete record Macaroni and Cheese Waffles[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]There are a selection of how to make macaroni and cheese waffles, however our favourite is solely setting the mac up within the waffle iron till it will get crisp on the skin and melty on the within. We do have one trick, although—we sandwich the macaroni round grated cheddar for further cheesiness.
Macaroni and Cheese Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete record Waffle-Iron Ramen[Photograph: Daniel Shumski]Turning to the waffle iron is a good way to make this school standby somewhat extra fascinating. To waffle your ramen, soak the noodles in sizzling water for a couple of minutes and blend them with egg to assist bind them collectively. Do your self a favor and ditch the seasoning packet—soy sauce, sesame seeds, and sesame oil are a a lot better solution to go.
Waffle-Iron Ramen Recipe »Again to the complete record Waffle-Iron “Fried” Cheese (Queso Frito)[Photograph: Daniel Shumski]Impressed by the crispy cheese that leaks out of a quesadilla, we make this snack by breading squares of cheese and “frying” them within the waffle iron. The recipe requires low-moisture mozzarella, however you can simply as simply use one other melting cheese like provolone, Jack, or cheddar.
Waffle-Iron “Fried” Cheese (Queso Frito) Recipe »Again to the complete record Waffle-Iron Hash Browns[Photograph: Daniel Shumski]Waffle-iron hash browns aren’t a gimmick—I really imagine that is the easiest way to cook dinner the diner traditional. The waffle iron offers the hash browns an awesome ratio of crisp edge to tender inside with minimal work. Like with any hash browns, it is vital to wring out the shredded potatoes earlier than cooking to get out as a lot water as potential.
Waffle-Iron Hash Browns Recipe »Again to the complete record French Fry Waffles[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]We used to assume that the one good solution to reheat outdated French fries was by refrying them, which works splendidly however means coping with a pot of sizzling oil. It seems a waffle iron works remarkably properly, turning your leftovers into crispy pull-apart fries in 10 to 15 minutes.
French Fry Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete record Buffalo Rooster Puff Pastry Waffles[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]A couple of years in the past we found the wonders of rolling components up in puff pastry and waffling them. We have tried all the things from pepperoni pizza to guava and cream cheese, however my favourite is that this Buffalo rooster model made with shredded rooster, Frank’s RedHot, and blue cheese.
Buffalo Rooster Puff Pastry Waffles Recipe »Again to the complete record Waffle-Iron Churros[Photograph: Daniel Shumski]Do not put the waffle iron away simply but—it is time for dessert. Right here we make extra-crispy churros with out a deep fryer. As an added bonus, the churros find yourself with plenty of little pockets to gather chocolate sauce.
Waffle-Iron Churros Recipe »Again to the complete record

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