Time to get that waffle iron out of storage.
If you’ve relegated it to breakfast duty, you need to re-evaluate its kitchen status. From transforming leftover mashed potatoes (and rice! and macaroni and cheese!) to baking pretzels, this versatile machine is more magical than you could have ever imagined.
Next weekend, give one of these options a try. It just might earn the waffle iron its place back on your kitchen counter.
15 delicious things you didn’t know you could make with a waffle iron
ChurrosForget about having to track down a street vendor or carnival the next time you need a churro fix.This delicious snack mixes sweetness and heat with its cayenne pepper spiced chocolate dipping sauce.
TIP: Be careful not to overfill your waffle iron as these beauties will fluff up like traditional waffles
TRY: Waffle Iron Churros12 Tomatoes
RiceSo sorry, fried rice. Your time as the perfect leftover rice recipe is up. Meet its modern, waffled cousin fired up with bits of kimchi and gochujang (Korean chilli paste). Egg on top? Yes, please!
TIP: Chill the rice mixture before waffling to prevent it from falling apart.
TRY: Kimchi Fried Rice WafflesMiss Hangry Pants
Mashed PotatoesHello cheesy, fluffy, crispy goodness! Loaded with cheddar cheese and scallions, these waffles make the perfect bed for a topping of poached eggs. Add bacon on the side and brunch is done!
TIP: Make sure you spread the mixture evenly in the iron as it won't expand like regular waffle batter.
TRY: Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato WafflesJust A Taste
Mac 'n' CheeseThis honestly just rocked our world. We're inclined to make extra macaroni and cheese, just so that we can perfect the art of waffling (yes, it's a word!) leftovers.
TIP: It's important to bread blocks of mac 'n' cheese to ensure they maintain their structural integrity while being waffled.
TRY: Waffled Macaroni & CheeseWill It Waffle?
Cinnamon RollsThere is no easier breakfast -- a winner for lazy weekend mornings. A roll of refrigerator cinnamon rolls is all you need, and a bit of patience while the waffle iron goes to work.
TIP: Make sure the iron is pre-heated properly before starting to cook the rolls.
TRY: Cinnamon Roll WafflesYellow Bliss Road
BurgersA little bit of commitment is needed here, because you're making the buns from scratch. The burger is a cinch to waffle, but it's the buttermilk dough that needs some preparation TLC.
TIP: If you're adding cheese to the burger, waffle it for no more than five seconds.
TRY: WaffleburgersWill It Waffle?
SandwichesPaninis and grilled cheeses, meet your maker -- quite literally. Switch up the variety of cheeses (sliced thinly so it melts well) and fillings and you have a brand new sandwich every time.
TIP: A Belgian waffle maker is required, as it is heavier and makes a more defined criss-cross pattern.
TRY: Strawberry Jam Grilled CheeseSavvy Eats
Soft PretzelsDefinitely a weekend project, this recipe for soft pretzels calls for making the dough, shaping, proofing, boiling and then waffling them. But the hard work is well-rewarded with crisp, golden pretzels that make lovely rolls for sandwiches as well.
TIP: It's critical to boil the pretzels before waffling them.
TRY: Waffled Soft PretzelsWill It Waffle?
EggsRegistered dietitian and blogger Lindsay promises you'll never cook eggs in a pan again. Her method takes less than a minute and can be customized with toppings of your choice. The kids will love helping build their own egg waffles.
TIP: Ensure the iron is clean and well-oiled before cooking to prevent eggs from sticking.
TRY: Egg WafflesThe Lean Green Bean
S'moresNow you can have the classic summer dessert year-round -- no campfire required! What makes this indoor version unique is the graham cracker dough that replaces the cookie. Also, it has a double waffling process (first the dough, then the whole sandwich) ensuring its truly gooey status.
TIP: Make the dough the previous day to get a head start.
TRY: S'morefflesWill It Waffle?
PizzaKeep the kids busy and get them to help assemble their own personalized pizza pockets. Great for an after-school snack or quick lunch, the recipe comes together between two tortilla wraps and is healthier than delivery!
TIP: Let the pockets cool a bit before cutting into quarters.
TRY: Waffled Pizza PocketsLovely Little Kitchen
EggplantWe did not see this one coming. What's even more surprising is that it takes just three ingredients for crispy, golden eggplant slices, begging to be doused with tomato sauce.
TIP: If your iron has a non-stick coating you probably won't need to coat it with oil, but check with a small eggplant slice first to ensure it doesn't stick.
TRY: Healthy Eggplant ParmesanTikido
BaconWe saved the best for last. No more grease splatters to clean, thanks to this nifty method inspired by Food Network star Alton Brown. You can control the crispiness by checking halfway through for whether or not it has achieved the texture you like.
TIP: Cut the bacon strips to fit the individual sections of your waffle iron before cooking.
TRY: Waffle BaconOne Good Thing by Jillee
Chocolate Chip CookiesThere could be no better way to satisfy a quick, just-warm-from-the-oven cookie craving without actually turning on the oven! For crisp bites, let them cool before indulging. Just cooked, they are soft and waffle-like.
TIP: The cookies burn very easily, so watch the heat setting and keep a close eye.
TRY: Waffle Iron Chocolate Chip CookiesThe Loop
potato-wafflesWho can go wrong with mashing together two of humanity’s greatest comfort foods? With this recipe, up your savoury waffle game by adding mashed potatoes. These two foods that are amazing alone will blow your mind when they’re combined.
TIP: This is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
TRY: Cheesy mashed potato waffles12 Tomatoes
BONUS: Homer's Moon WaffleHere's a reward for sticking with us through the slideshow: Homer's patented Moon Waffles recipe. What is it? Caramel squares, waffle batter and liquid smoke waffled, then wrapped around a stick of butter and devoured. If this recipe proves anything, it's that you can really waffle almost anything!Fox