Hash-brown Waffles

Next time I may add some onions and bacon in the mix.

Someone on the Internet asked "Will it waffle?", and began their downward spiral into multiple waffle iron ownerships like some scene out of the play True West with toasters. It's something the Belgians are kicking themselves for I suspect, the combination of shredded potatoes and a waffle iron? Sounds ingenious, right?
However I found my first batch, based on Internet pictures didn't work.

Waffle Makers, generally are built for cooking waffles. Mine, a somewhat commercial quality version has one heat setting, and has huge over sized waffle trays. Ideally it appears, a waffle maker with an adjustable thermostat may be a better option if you really want to continue to ask "will it waffle?"

That said, I did find a combination that eventually worked well for making hash-brown waffles. I went to the store and bought frozen, pre-shredded hash-browns. I microwaved them in a bowl till they were room-temperature. You're going to need a lot of hash-browns (one of my failures the first time). One bag may make four waffles in my maker. My first attempt (which failed) was primarily because I didn't pile, and cover the complete grate. The other trick I learned was to "marinate" the shreds in oil, rather than cook them in oil. Add an egg-marinate to bind and salt and pepper, and guess what, they turned out perfect.

Hash brown Waffles Ingredients:


  • 1 raw egg whisked
  • Hash brown shreds
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Method:
  1. De thaw, and make sure shreds are room temperature. Place in bowl with egg, oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix till shreds are thoroughly coated.
  3. Place in a clean un-oiled waffle maker and cook for about 10-15 minutes.




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