Earlier this past weekend, I was doing what we all seem to do to pass time, looking around the internet. In my wanderings, I saw one of those silly posts where they tell you all this stuff that is supposed to make life easier and give you more time. Well, one of the ideas was making hash browns in your waffle iron. I don’t get to have hash browns much because they mess with my blood sugar, so I avoid them for the most part. But, this idea may wind up being a thing I can use with my 2 grandsons that they may think is cool. After all I am really a 12 year old trapped in the old man body :).
It’s pretty easy to do, but it does take a bit of prep. Not many ingredients just potatoes and seasoning. You will need a waffle iron. I think this would also work well in a George Foreman style grill, a quesadilla maker or a panini maker.
So, let’s give it a go.
Waffle Iron Hash browns
- 4 medium russet potatoes
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Wash and peel the potatoes place in bowl and cover with cold water until ready to grate.
- grate potatoes either with a hand grater, Cuisinart or a "food chopper" (I use a saladmaster food chopper) your looking for a shredded potato.
- return to a bowl and cover with water.
- Heat the waffle iron and using canola oil coat the top and bottom plate.
- Drain the water off the shredded potatoes and squeeze as much water out of the potatoes as possible. You can do this using a clean kitchen towel, cheese cloth or paper towel.
- Add salt, fresh ground pepper and garlic powder, mix well.
- Once the waffle iron is hot add about 2 cups of the shredded potatoes to the bottom plate and close the lid. It will not fully close at first.
- About 4 minute into the cooking check the potatoes to be sure nothing is burning then gently force the top to close.
- Cook until the steam is almost gone and the potatoes do not stick to the top when opened.
The way it seemed to me is the hash browns act just like the waffles do when cooking, When the steam is almost done the potatoes will be done. Also it seems that the first batch may stick a little more so be prepared for that. I also figure you can play around with different spices, curry, season salt or chili/hot pepper.
Since I have a few different “makers” here I thought I would show you the different ways it could be done. Atany rate go hae fun with this and let me know what you think.