16 Ways To Use A Waffle Iron

Waffle irons aren't just for weekend brunch. Unconventional batters, plus foods you didn't know you could waffle, will make you want to keep your iron hot all day long.

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    Brownie Waffles a la Mode

    Special Ingredient: Brownie batter

    True, there's no way to pass these off as breakfast, but go ahead, pile on the ice cream and toppings.


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    Mini Bacon Waffles

    Special Ingredient: Crumbled bacon

    Bacon makes everything better -- even waffles. These once-separate breakfast staples find happiness together in your waffle iron.

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    Tomato-Avocado Wafflewich

    Special Ingredient: Refrigerated biscuits

    This ooey-gooey sandwich looks like a typical waffle, but take a bite and you'll discover crispy bacon, creamy avocado, and melty mozzarella hiding inside!

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    Pumpkin Waffles with Maple-Pecan Cream

    Special Ingredient: Canned pumpkin

    Almost anything can be pumpkin-flavored, just like almost anything can be waffled -- it's a match made in baking heaven. And that maple-pecan cream? It's heavenly, too.

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    Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies

    Special Ingredient: Cookie batter

    Up your cookie-exchange game with these elegant, shareable treats. And for those of you who like to plan your parties in advance, you can freeze these chocolaty cookies for up to three months.

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    Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Compote

    Special Ingredient: Cornmeal

    Despite being waffled, the cornmeal keeps its taste and texture. And the not-too-sweet blueberry sauce drapes nicely over the waffles.

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    Barbecue Chicken and Ramen Waffles

    Special Ingredient: Ramen noodles

    Bet you've never tried this. Bake the ramen-noodle mixture in a waffle iron for a crispy-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside starch. Then top with coleslaw, barbecue chicken, and an egg for a hearty meal.

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    Ginger-Green Tea Waffles with Summer Peach Sauce

    Special Ingredients: Loose green tea and grated ginger

    Not only can it bake virtually any food, the waffle iron isn't intimidated by beverages. The green tea in these waffles lends a subtle flavor that's perfectly complemented by the fruity peach sauce.

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    Strawberry-Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

    Special Ingredient: Whole grain bread

    No need for a panini press when your waffle iron can serve double-duty (if you have both, we won’t judge). Just think of all the possibilities for waffled sandwiches.

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    Waffle Latkes

    Special Ingredient: Hash browns

    Hash browns are made from potatoes, and these waffles are made with hash browns. So waffle latkes are basically vegetables. Channel baked potatoes and top with sour cream and chives, but swap the typical bacon bits for smoked salmon.

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    Chocolate Waffles with Mocha Syrup

    Special Ingredient: Chocolate

    Aah chocolate and coffee: classic flavors that can completely transform a recipe. These tender waffles are best served warm with a generous scoop of ice cream.

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    Sweet Potato Waffles with Cranberry Syrup

    Special Ingredient: Sweet potatoes

    Celebrate Thanksgiving any morning of the year with this holiday-inspired recipe. The taste of sweet potatoes and cranberry will have you feeling extra-thankful all year long.

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    Corn Waffles with Tomato Salsa

    Special Ingredient: Corn muffin mix

    For a new take on tacos, swap tortillas for waffled corn muffin mix. A colorful black bean-and-tomato salsa rounds out the meal.

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    Bacon-and-Apple Waffles

    Special Ingredient: Bacon and apples

    Instead of serving waffles, bacon, and apples, why not combine all three? Again, the waffle iron continues to make meal time much more efficient.

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    Waffle Cookies

    Special Ingredient: Cookie batter

    And the waffle iron steals another recipe from the oven. Really, the only appliances your kitchen actually needs are a waffle iron and a sink.

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    Banana Waffle Stacks

    Special Ingredient: Mashed ripe banana

    Serve these stacked, super-banana-y treats warm with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Look too difficult? We should mention that they only take 10 minutes to make.


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