You’ve been underestimating your waffle iron for way too long. Pull that baby out and use it to make these quick meals and desserts!
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Tip: Don’t forget to liberally coat your waffle iron with cooking spray when trying any of these recipes!
1. Waffle Iron Macaroni & Cheese
Next time you have leftover mac & cheese, do this—you won’t regret it!
- Spread mac & cheese on a buttered cookie sheet and set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until the cheese has hardened and cooled.
- Liberally coat your waffle maker’s irons in cooking spray.
- Cut out 2 squares, just large enough for your waffle maker.
- Cook until browned.
- Top with more cheese or sandwich shredded cheese between two browned mac & cheese squares for a mac & cheese sandwich!
2. Waffle Iron Cinnamon Rolls
Use a tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls on your waffle iron. Cook until done or for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes.
3. Waffle Iron Pizza Pockets
Take pizza to a whole new level with this trick! Use refrigerated biscuit dough and whatever toppings you crave for homemade pizza pockets.
- Split an uncooked biscuit roll in half.
- Top the bottom half with pizza toppings, and place the other half on top. Pinch the edges to seal.
- Place on a heated waffle iron and close.
- Cook until the dough is cooked through.
- Use marinara sauce for dipping.
4. Waffle Iron Brownies
Pour a bit of brownie mixture at a time (try spoonfuls first versus cupfuls to prevent overflow) and cook the batter for 3 – 5 minutes or until done.
5. Waffle Iron Quesadillas
Use leftover meat, cheese, and whatever else sounds good. Your waffle iron will seal the edges for the perfect cheesy quesadilla!
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6. Waffle Iron French Toast Sticks
The next time you’re craving French toast, add a twist to your go-to recipe by making it in a waffle maker!
- Give slices of bread a quick dip in your favorite French toast egg mixture, making sure you don’t over-soak the bread.
- Transfer dipped slices onto a heated waffle iron and close.
- Cook until bread is golden brown, about 3 – 5 minutes.
- Moved cooked, waffled French toast to a cutting board and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Cut into sticks and serve with warm syrup.
7. Waffle Iron Hash Browns
Preheat your waffle iron, then add shredded potatoes. Cook 5 – 8 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown.
8. Waffle Iron “Baked” Apples
Rub both sides of sliced apples with a little bit of sugar, and cook slices for about 1 minute or until apples look waffled.
Tip: To clean the caramelized sugar off your waffle iron, spritz water directly onto the sticky plates and let the steam help remove the cooked sugar.
9. Waffle Iron Breakfast Sandwiches
To make these super-easy and fast breakfast sandwiches, use refrigerated biscuit dough (like Pillsbury Grands!), soft scrambled eggs, cheese, and ham.
- Open biscuits and separate each in half. Stretch layers to about 5 – 6 inches in diameter.
- On one half, pile on the toppings. Place the other half over the toppings and pinch to seal the edges closed.
- Transfer the compiled sandwich onto your waffle iron and close.
- Cook 4 – 5 minutes or until the biscuit is cooked through.
Adapted from Southern Bite.
10. Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese
Butter two slices of bread or coat the iron with vegetable spray, place a slice of cheese in between both slices on the unbuttered side, and firmly close the iron. Cook until golden or 2 – 4 minutes.