8 Ways to Cook Creatively with a Waffle Iron

You love waffles. Waking up to a batch of crisp, warm waffles in the morning is the start of your ideal Sunday morning! That’s why you bought the waffle iron, after all. You go on a waffle-making splurge, enjoying Belgian waffles for breakfast, ham and cheese waffle sandwiches for lunch, and chicken and waffles for dinner.  Then, after a while, you just don’t feel like waffles anymore, and that sad little machine collects dust for the next century.

But there’s more you can do with your waffle iron than just make waffles! Really, the only limit is your own creativity, but if you need a place to start, here are a few great ideas for making this awesome gadget a regular part of your kitchen routine.

Baked Sweets
If you can cook waffle batter all the way through, you can cook other kinds of batter too!  Try using yours to whip up brownies, cookies, and all kinds of other goodies.

 

 

Crispy Cornbread
If you’re feeling like something savory, how about whipping up a batch of cornbread batter and popping it into the waffle iron? You can enjoy a delicious single-serving of cornbread with a drizzle of honey or with a heaping bowl of chili any time of day.

 

Falafel Waffles
Cooking falafels in a waffle iron is an easy, fun way to get that great falafel crisp (and there’s even more of it to love!)  Grab a great hummus or cucumber dip at the store (or make your own), and it’s sure to be a treat!

 

French Toast
If you’re hankering for breakfast food and keep waffling between what kinds you want, how about enjoying a nice fusion between some classics? With waffled french toast, you can enjoy the crispy look and feel of waffles, with the sweet custard goodness of french toast.

 

Hash Browns
You can make awesome, crispy hash browns in a snap with a waffle iron! Feel free to add your favorite extras – a little cayenne, green onions, or cheddar cheese are just a few easy, delicious options to choose from.

 

Pizza
You can use a waffle iron to heat up leftover pizza, or you can make a delicious waffle pizza from scratch!  Whether you just want to make a yummy recipe for crust and enjoy it dipped in marinara or embed your waffles with fresh mozzarella and pepperonis, these pizzas are definitely a fun way to re-purpose your waffle iron!

 

Toasted Sandwiches
You can use a waffle iron close to how you would use a grill! It’s great for making yummy grilled cheese sandwiches, hamburgers, paninis – even quesadillas and grilled burritos.

 

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