For those of you that don't know, when you own a waffle iron, the possibilities are limitless. Gone are the days when having a waffle iron confined you to making waffles. No sir, while I think waffles are absolutely delicious, waffle irons can make so much more than waffles. Pizza, eggs, and a myriad of desserts are just a few of the yummy foods that can be made in a waffle press. In fact, if you've been neglecting your waffle iron until this point then I challenge you to make all of your meals for the next week using a waffle press. Such a challenge will show you just how versatile a waffle iron really is. What are you waiting for? Get out there and waffle-fy whatever you can get your hands on! (Seriously though, you can make some damn good food in a waffle iron - just check out the recipes below).
15 Waffled Margherita Pizza
Make your own margherita pizza from scratch without ever touching the oven. Grab some canned tomato sauce, olive oil, salt, basil leaves, cloves of garlic, pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan. Once you have gathered all of your ingredients, it is time to put your pizza together. Make the dough from scratch or buy some pre-made dough from your local supermarket. Once you've got the dough, you'll preheat your waffle iron to medium-high heat. Brush the dough with a little olive oil and put it in the press, letting the dough cook. Once the dough is cooked, you'll remove it from the waffle iron and then add the pureed tomato, salt, and garlic. From there, you'll cover with as much cheese as your heart desires (seriously, the more the merrier – we're not judging). Then place the waffle-shaped pizza dough under the waffle iron to let the cheese melt - but don't completely close the iron. Once your cheese is melted, add your basil. Basil is the true hero of margherita pizza. And that's it! You've created a margherita pizza in a waffle iron. Probably not exactly as the Italians had imagined, but hey it's still delicious. For the full instructions, click here.
14 Waffle Iron Ramen
Ramen is not just for college kids anymore! Breathing new life into a dorm room classic, this waffle iron ramen takes things up a notch. Both soft and crispy all at once, this will quickly become your lazy go-to dinner. To create this tasty meal, make sure you have the following: an egg, soy sauce, sesame seeds, oil, a package of instant ramen noodles, and green onions. In a bowl, combine the egg, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and a bit of oil. Then heat up your ramen noodles in the microwave and once out of the microwave, coat them in the egg mixture. From there, they are reading for the waffle iron! Cook for about 2-3 minutes in the waffle iron and once cooled, garnish with more soy sauce, sesame seeds, and a few fresh bits of green onion. I repeat: this is not just for college kids anymore. Though, it is just as easy to make... Get the full recipe here.
13 Cinnamon Roll Waffles
As if cinnamon rolls couldn't get any better, you can now waffle-fy them! Combining your favourite breakfast foods: waffles and cinnamon rolls, this recipe seeks to create the ultimate breakfast explosion. With icing, cinnamon, and warm chewy waffle, there is no better treat to wake up to in the morning. Oh and did I mention how easy they are to make? Well, if you opt for the pre-made Pillsbury cinnamon rolls that is. If you want to be adventurous and make your own cinnamon rolls from scratch, by all means go ahead! Btu for those of that are a little out of it in the morning and prefer to do things the simple way, buying Pillsbury cinnamon rolls will do just fine. Once you buy the pack, all you have to do is open it separate your rolls, spray some oil on your waffle iron, and put 'em right in. Wait a couple minutes and when the timer is up, you'll have delectable cinnamon-y waffles that are dripping with vanilla icing. Yum! Read the full recipe here.
12 Waffle Iron Hashbrowns
With just 5 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes to cook, this is guaranteed way to both relax and make a delicious breakfast in the morning. You can easily make this recipe from scratch by grabbing some of your favourite potatoes and a little seasoning. But similar to the waffle iron cinnamon rolls above, this recipe works great with store brought frozen potatoes. Whatever you go for, you can't really screw up fried potatoes. They're just too delicious. Start by preheating the waffle iron and spraying it with oil. Once it's heated, you can place your potatoes into the iron. Slowly close and let them cook for about one minute. After a minute lift up the lid and if there are any empty patches with potatoes missing, add them in now. Close the lid again and continue cooking under crispy and golden brown. Serve with ketchup - or whatever strikes your fancy. Perhaps you could try make an entire breakfast in the waffle iron, combining the cinnamon roll recipe and the hash brown recipe. Sounds pretty good to me! Read more about these tasty waffle hash browns here.
11 Waffle Iron S'mores
And you thought s'mores were only for campfires... This waffle iron s'mores (otherwise known as s'moreffles – pretty much the best name ever for any dish) are the summer treat you didn't realize you needed in your life. Free of the smoky campfire and shivering outdoors, you can make these s'mores-inspired waffles in the comfort of your own home. To get this recipe right, you're going to need to start by making the graham cracker dough. The dough is pretty basic except you're going to add cinnamon and honey for the fully graham cracker effect. Once your dough is prepared, grab some marshmallows and chocolate (Hershey's is a classic). Now it's time to bring it all together. Place your graham cracker dough in the waffle iron, but before closing, place a whole marshmallow and a few pieces of chocolate on top. Let the waffle cook whilst simultaneously watching the marshmallow and chocolate melt. Warning: it will be a bit messy but it will also be one of the greatest things you've ever tasted. So in my opinion, it's totally worth it! For the full recipe click here.
10 Waffle Iron Omelette
An omelette is an omelette – it has eggs, veggies, cheese, and sometimes meat. Having the same old omelette day after day can get a little boring. That's why the geniuses at the Cozy Cook have come up with a way for you to spice up your omelette game. You might not think that this waffle iron omelette could possibly taste different than your normal pan-fried omelette..but I assure you, you're in for a treat. Once you make your first omelette in a waffle iron, you'll realize how fluffy and delicious they are. To follow the recipe above, you'll want to get three eggs, 1/8 cup of shredded cheese, salt and pepper, oil, and your favourite omelette ingredients (the sky's the limit, you could go for peppers, bacon, ham, onions, or something a little wackier like eggplant). Once you've chosen your preferred fillings, you can start by whisking all of your ingredients together in a bowl. When your waffle iron is heated, pour the mixture over the waffle iron and let cook for just a few minutes. It may take a few tries to get the timing right, but once you do it will be pure magic. For the full waffle iron omelette recipe, click here.
9 Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Ok, I know it's already super easy to make a grilled cheese sandwich in a pan, but hear me out. A waffle iron grilled cheese is just so much crunchier and crispier than your typical grilled cheese. So if you get annoyed at soggy bread just as much as me, then you have to give this recipe a try! Oh, and did I mention grilled cheese sandwiches take less time to cook on a waffle iron than in a pan? Yeah, that's right. So the next time you don't feel like cooking and just want to get food into your mouth as soon as possible, you might want to try the waffle iron. You'll begin making your sandwich the same old way: get some hearty bread and butter one side. Next you'll heat the waffle iron and place the buttered side of one piece of toast on the waffle iron, letting it cook a little bit. From there you'll add the cheese on top and then the second piece of buttered toast. Close the iron and let it work its magic. Within a couple of minutes you'll have a ooey, gooey cheesy sandwich that has been grilled to perfection. To get the full waffle iron grilled cheese recipe, click here.
8 Waffle Cupcakes
I bet you've never seen a waffle cupcake before! Crispy yet chewy, and filled with lots of creamy funfetti icing, cupcake waffles are sure to be your next favourite dessert. All of your friends and family are going to be requesting that you make them these for their birthday. To take a stab at these yummy cupcakes, you'll start with a funfetti boxed cake mix. Make the cake according to the direction on the box, and once you're done, you've already finished the waffle dough batter. Heat the waffle iron and put the batter inside, letting it cook for just a few minutes. Using the boxed cake mix as the dough will ensure you have a light and spongy cupcake texture, but in a pretty waffle form. Once your waffles are finished, you're going to want to think about what to add as a garnish. After all, presentation is everything. I would recommend the matching funfetti icing, however, you could also mix things up with frozen yogurt, whipped cream, or even ice cream! For the full cupcake waffle recipe click here.
7 Waffle Iron Ham & Cheese Panini
That's right, a waffle iron can totally double as a panini press. No need to go out and buy two different machines when they are effectively the same thing. To make this delicious layered sandwich, you're going to want to start with a sturdy bread. Once you've chosen your bread, you'll add the spread of your choice (like mayonnaise or dijon mustard). From there you'll add a few slices of ham, a thin piece of cheese, some baby spinach or arugula, thing piece of onion, and then more ham, cheese, and arugula (for good measure). Top off with another piece of bread. In essence, you're going to make your complete sandwich before putting it anywhere near the waffle iron. Once your Mona Lisa of a sandwich is just the way you like it, it's time to pull out the big guns: the waffle iron. Butter the outer sides of each piece of bread and place the whole sandwich inside the iron. Cook for about 5 minutes (or until golden brown) and voila! To make this ham and cheese panini, click here.
6 Waffle Iron Quesadillas
Putting yet another American twist on Mexican food, these waffle iron quesadillas will change the way you eat quesadillas. Similar to the panini described above, you're going to make your whole quesadilla from scratch and raw before actually putting anything in the waffle iron. To follow the recipe above, you'll need to make sure you have tortillas, olive oil, peppers, jalapeno, pepper jack cheese, taco seasoning, and some sour cream, salsa, and cilantro to garnish. Assemble your quesadilla while the waffle iron is heating up. Once assembled, place inside the waffle iron until the tortilla starts to brown slightly and the cheese is bubbly. The cooking time will be quite quick considering how thing the tortilla is. Once cooked, removed from the iron, split into four sections and garnish with as much salsa as your heart desires! For more information on how to make these waffle iron quesadillas, click here.
5 Waffle Iron Sugar Cookies
Who said sugar cookies were just for Christmas? These simple, tasty, colourful, and sugary cookies are delicious all year round - there's no denying it. And now, we've found another way to enjoy sugar cookies: in waffle form! Not only are these miniature waffle sugar cookies as sweet as can be, but they are covered in the daintiest of sprinkles and a vanilla bean glaze. You'll begin by preparing a basic batter (a cross between sugar cookie dough and waffle dough but with the same key ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, etc.). Once prepared, use an ice cream scooper to get the perfect amount of dough and place in the waffle iron. Close the lid and bake for two minutes. Be sure to remove the cookies when they have just reached the point of being cooked, do not wait until they are overly brown, otherwise they will turn hard quickly. Repeat for the desired amount of cookies. Once complete, you'll whip up the vanilla bean glaze (made of milk, vanilla bean paste, and powdered sugar) and pour it on top of the waffle cookies. For the full recipe, click here.
4 Pumpkin French Toast Waffles
The perfect breakfast for a cozy Saturday morning in fall, these pumpkin french toast waffles are full of your favourite pumpkin spice flavours. These gourmet waffles are crispy on the outside but soft on the inside thanks to the pumpkin puree. Made with pumpkin puree, cream, an egg, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and four slice of thick potato bread, you will fall in love with this recipe upon the first bite. Start by whisking together your ingredients (minus the bread). Once mixed, dunk your pieces of bread in the liquid mixture for about 5 seconds on each side. You want it to really soak in. Afterwards, place in the waffle iron and let cook. Top with butter and maple syrup, and you've got a sweet and hearty fall treat. To read more about the recipe and cooking process, click here.
3 Kimchi Fried Rice Waffles
We all know and love fried rice, so how could this possibly taste bad? The answer is, it couldn't. These kimchi fried rice waffles are simply unbelievable - and they are versatile. Great as breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the challenge is going to be finding a time when you aren't craving these bad boys. To make these waffles you're going to need the following ingredients: kimchi, kimchi juice, garlic, onion, jalapeno, Korean chili paste, sesame oil, rice, and a fried egg, sesame seeds, and green onion to go alongside your waffle (those last three are optional). Start by frying your garlic, onion, and jalapeno. Add the kimchi and saute, then add the rice and kimchi juice. Finally, add the sesame oil and chopped green onion to the frying pan and cook for another 5 minutes. Next you have to let the whole mixture cool in the fridge. While it's cooling, you can prepare the waffle iron. Once heated, place the mixture inside the iron and cook for 3-5 minutes. Top with a fried egg on the side and you've got the true breakfast of champions! For the complete recipe, click here.
2 Waffle Iron Falafel
A healthier alternative to your typical deep fried falafel, this waffle-fied falafel will become your new go-to. The hardest part about this recipe is assembling the falafel. The actual cooking time is very little. To make the falafel from scratch, you will need vegetable oil, flour, cilantro, parsley, baking powder, cumin, salt, coriander, cayenne pepper, egg whites, garlic, and chickpeas. Combine in a food processor or blender and once ground, place in the heated waffle iron. Cook for 6-10 minutes or until golden brown. To build a yummy falafel sandwich, be sure to have some pita bread, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, beets, and hummus on hand. Oh, and did I mention this falafel recipe is suitable for freezing? If you don't want to go through the food processing every single time, make a large batch and put the rest in the freezer. You can have falafel for months! For the full recipe, click here.
1 Waffle Iron Brownies
I bet you never considered the wonderful world of waffle brownies. Rich, chocolatey, and even better when served a la mode, waffle brownies are where it's at. To make this heavenly dessert, you should start by grabbing bittersweet chocolate, butter, eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, espresso powder, salt, flour, and cooking oil. In a saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate together. In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients plus the eggs. Then it's time to heat and grease the waffle iron. When you're ready, pour the batter into the waffle iron and let cook for 2 minutes on high heat. Once cooked, it's time for the fun stuff: actually eating this scrumptious creation! Top with ice cream, whipped cream, or berries or just eat plain. Regardless, you'll be in for a treat. For the full recipe click here.