Ever since I tried making bacon in the waffle iron (which was a huge success!)…I’ve been intrigued whenever I see a new idea to try! Who knew waffle irons could be so versatile!? Since I didn’t want to devote an entire DAY to this project, I picked out 5 of my favorite ideas and decided to put them to the test. Let’s just say the day turned out to be MOSTLY successful. :-)
Allow me to show you why….
First of all, let’s just get the FAILS out of the way.
Now, I have seen plenty of pictures of wonderful-looking waffle cookies and brownies on the internet…but for some reason, no matter how much I WANTED them to work…I just couldn’t do it. I tried a couple of times on different types of waffle irons at different temperatures…but nope. Those babies stuck and burnt everytime! I know…so sad.
But don’t despair! Because the THREE OTHER ideas that DID work were what I would consider stunning successes!
First we tried pizza! You can use your favorite homemade dough or you can do like I did and just buy the kind in the cardboard can (that scares the living daylights out of you when you open it!)
Make sure your waffle iron is hot and simply spread your pizza dough out and close the lid. Allow to cook for 2 to 3 minutes and then just to ensure a little more even cooking overall I gave mine a flip and cooked it another couple of minutes.
After that I added some pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and turkey pepperoni and left it on the iron (with the lid up!) until the cheese melted. Of course you could just slide the pizza onto a cookie sheet and stick it under the broiler for a couple of minutes as well. But since I was trying to keep it to as few steps as possible I did it this way.
This was good pizza! I kept nibbling on it all evening.
The other surprising success I experienced using the waffle iron was Cinnamon Rolls! Once again I utilized the dough from the scary cardboard can. I’m not sure how homemade dough would work in the waffle iron, but if you try it out, make sure to let me know.
I put 4 cinnamon rolls on the iron (one in each square) and closed the lid. Again, it only took 2 to 4 minutes for the cinnamon rolls to become nice and brown on the outside, yet still tender on the inside. (Ignore the dark bits from the previous brownie catastrophe that were still stuck to the iron.)
I then put the little cup of frosting that comes with the cinnamon-rolls-in-a-can in the microwave for just a few seconds and then with a spoon drizzled it over the rolls.
This is where Cinnamon Roll Waffles REALLY SHINE! You know those all those little indentations made by the waffle iron? They are perfect for holding the frosting! :-) Major YUM factor here! These got gobbled up in no time at my house.
Finally, my FAVORITE (and definitely EASIEST) thing to make in the waffle iron…..Hash Browns!
I am a disaster at making hash browns normally. Even the kind that come already pre-cooked and pre-shredded….I can never seem to get them evenly cooked.
This method of putting a single layer of semi-thawed (you can also cook them frozen, mine had just been sitting out for awhile) “Tater Tots” on the waffle iron and pressing down for 3 to 4 minutes actually resulted in the best hash browns I have ever “made”. :-)
Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.
Just the way I like them!
So, there you have the true tales of what you CAN and CAN’T make in a waffle iron….at least according to me. :-)
Have you ever tried to make anything besides WAFFLES in your WAFFLE IRON?