Before we talk about this week’s Tiny Tip, I want to first thank everyone who shared, pinned, and posted my tip on homemade cooking spray. I had no idea it would be such a huge hit! With over 20,000 pins (and counting) on Pinterest, this thing is spreading like wildfire! There are also a lot of comments with other tips and suggestions, so be sure to check them out too! I would like to also personally thank Andrea from Frugally Sustainable for sharing it on her Facebook page. Please check out her pages – she truly is a wealth of information!
Ok, now on to this week’s Tiny Tip!
Oh, how I love waffles, I really do. In the battle between waffles and pancakes, waffles always win. The crispy outside, chewy inside…even those cute little uniform squares which perfectly cradle the right amount of syrup for each bite. Mmmm…
But this post isn’t about waffles. It’s about hashbrowns – in a waffle iron! Oh who am I kidding, I’m a lover of hashbrowns too. The crispy outside, chewy inside…even those cute little…a-ha! See what’s happening here? Who would have thought waffles and hashbrowns could be so similar?
Not me. That is until I heard about this amazing idea on Pinterest a while back. I quickly brushed over it and didn’t think much of it. Then, I attempted to make hashbrowns for the first time in my life – and failed miserably! Side note: since completely eliminating non-stick cookware from my kitchen, and only using cast-iron and stainless steel pots and pans, my little escapades in the kitchen have been more, shall we say…teaching moments? Yes, teaching moments. And hashbrowns have taught me that you DO NOT turn your back on them for too long or they will grab hold of your precious pan and hang on for dear life!
Yeah, we almost didn’t have hashbrowns that morning. I did, however, manage to salvage the layer of potatoes that wasn’t yet touching the pan, and that’s when I decided to go for round 2 in the waffle iron. I heated that baby up, sprayed some homemade cooking spray on it, and laid the potatoes right on the iron. About 15 minutes later, we had hashbrowns!
It’s really the easiest thing, and works with any wafle iron – even my tiny little 2-waffle capacity iron. I actually got mine from my mom, since she wasn’t using it – thanks Mom! But you could even look for a second-hand iron at thrift stores, garage sales, etc.
In looking for a little inspiration for this post, I came across the coolest site! Waffleizer is an amazing blog that attempts to answer the question, “Will it waffle?” Basically, the author attempts different culinary experiments in his waffle iron – and with great success! Check out the site for more great ways to use your waffle iron; everything from quesadillas, to mac-n-cheese, to even cupcakes! Seriously, check it out. Now. You’ll thank me later. And it’s a great way to get more mileage from your waffle iron!
|Waffle Iron Hashbrowns||
- 1 medium potato
- salt and pepper + other seasonings, to taste
- Wash and shred the potato.
- Place shredded potatoes in a towel and squeeze the water out. (This is imperative for crispy hashbrowns!)
- Put potatoes in a bowl and top with salt, pepper, and any seasonings you like. (I added some paprika and garlic powder.)
- Spray the pre-heated waffle iron with cooking spray, and layer the potatoes on the iron, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Close the lid and let them cook, checking on them after about 10-15 minutes.
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