Today’s post isn’t so much about a recipe as it is a technique we just had to try. First of all – what a fabulous freakin’ idea, right? Are you a fan of crispier hashbrowns? If so, and if you can lay hands on a waffle iron, you’ve got to try this idea. Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen is clearly brilliant. While a bit messy to make, trial and error has shown us how easy that is to fix, as well as how easy it is to fix really yummy, super cute, fun hashbrown waffles.
Geeze, not many ingredients! That’s cuz we’re going the super easy route and using frozen tater tots. While the original recipe doesn’t stress the need to thaw the tater tots, we recommend seeing which works best for you. We ended up thawing ours just a little in the microwave. This seemed to enable us to better squish the stew out of them with the waffle iron.
So just place those tater tots, slightly thawed or frozen, your choice, on your nonstick-sprayed waffle iron. Really pile them on. You might be surprised how many you need, but if you don’t use enough, your waffle shape won’t take, well, shape! If you lift the iron top to check on things, and it looks like it could use some space filled up still, feel free to add a tater tot or two more, then squish them all down again.
Our iron is a Belgian waffle iron, so slightly thicker than normal waffles. If you need to, use a potholder to protect your hand and really bear down to squish the tater tots as thoroughly as possible. This was necessary to get that waffle shape to fully form.
At this point, your nonstick cooking spray you laved onto the waffle iron might be hissing and spitting and dribbling out onto your counter. Like it did mine! We recommend doing this on top of a cutting board that is easily cleaned if you don’t want the mess all over your counter.
OMG, lookit! Beautiful waffle-shaped hash browns! I believe we cooked this one a till a little more browned, but once done, carefully lift the hash brown waffle out using a pancake spatula or other such flat kitchen utensil, and place on a plate to cool slightly before cutting into four wedges. Or, you could leave them whole, top with some scrambled eggs, cheese, whatever floats your hash brown boat.
These took us about ten minutes or so per waffle to brown up using slightly thawed tater tots.
These cook up, obviously, really nice and crisp. It’s a crisp hash brown lover’s dream come true! I have a confession…I’m not the biggest hash brown fan, but this method could make me one. These are the perfect way to make breakfast a little different and a lot more fun. Kids will love ‘em, and adults will likely follow. Enjoy!
Hash Brown Waffles
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: about 10 minutes per waffle Level: Easy Makes: 4 waffles
- 1 28 ounce bag frozen tater tots
- nonstick cooking spray
- salt, to taste
- condiments and sides such as ketchup, caramelized onions, shredded cheese, etc., optional
Heat your waffle iron till hot and spray each side with nonstick cooking spray. If you prefer, thaw your tater tots slightly in the microwave (we thawed ours for one minute on regular power), or use them from frozen. Place enough tater tots on the hot waffle iron to fill it entirely and bear down with the lid, pressing firmly using a potholder if necessary. Check the waffle after a few minutes to make sure the tater tots were squished down enough to take on a waffle shape; if not, press down more. Keep cooking until the waffle is crisp and browned, about ten minutes (depending on your waffle iron). When waffle is done, lift carefully using a pancake spatula and place on a plate to cool slightly. Cut the waffle into wedges to share or leave whole. Top with your favorite toppings or serve with ketchup for dipping.
How many whole waffles you get will depend on how generous you are with the tater tots for each, but our 28 ounce back would have yielded at least four whole hash brown waffles. We stopped at three.