Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Spicy Potato Waffles

Please excuse my egg frying skills (I have yet to Master the art of making my eggs look pretty) but these waffles were soooo delish I still felt the need to share.

I ordered a waffle maker off Amazon a few months ago and truth be told, I only used it once. I'm trying to stay away from sugary breakfasts so it simply got pushed to the back of the cabinet. However, I was still itching to use my new toy. The solution ended up being simple: savory waffles. 

After some very professional research on Pinterest I concluded that savory waffles can be made just like traditional waffles (minus the sugar) OR with potatoes. Potatoes are technically a vegetable so I mean, how can I feel bad about that? Well, I ended up  * literally * setting my stove on fire making these. It was not cute. But I would still make them again - they were THAT good. Here's what you'll need: 

A waffle maker
Potatoes of your choice (I used 4 palm sizes potatoes, 1 per waffle) 
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper
Frank's Red Hot

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, add in your potatoes. Alternatively, you could get microwavable potatoes for optimal laziness. 
  • If you want your potatoes to have a hash brown consistency, take then out of the water while they're still fairly firm (if you're microwaving them do it for half of the suggested time) and grate them. If you'd rather them have a mashed potato consistency, cook them fully and chuck them in a food processor - or beat them up yourself if you've got the time! Note: I chose mash for my consistency and used a food processor. 
  • Mix in the garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste. I went heavy on the garlic & pepper, light on the salt. You could even throw some cheese or chives into the mix if you want to get really crazy. 
  • Put your seasoned mixture in the waffle maker and let it sizzle away. I found they take a fairly long time to cook, especially if you want them crispy - so be patient! But the great thing about these is that if you do let them burn/blacken it just adds to the taste. 
  • Once they're cooked, take them out and SMOTHER them in hot sauce. Optional but seriously, you're missing out if you skip this step. 

Note: online I found tons of recipes that added flour and baking powder to the potato mix. This to me seemed to add unnecessary carbs and calories so I nixed it and they truly ended up way better than expected. So keep it simple! 

As you can see, I served these bad boys with a couple pieces of crispy bacon and a fried egg and it was breakfast HEAVEN. Exchange the regular bacon for turkey bacon and it's actually fairly nutritious and a good carb/protein load for the day ahead. Perfect for a weekend morning or when you've got breakfast guests! 

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