7 Recipes You Can Make With A Waffle Iron That Are Not Waffles

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Remember that waffle iron you got as a wedding gift a million years ago? How many times have you actually used it? Probably not many because, really, how often do you make waffles? Believe it or not there are actually other things that you can use your waffle iron for that aren’t just breakfast.


7 Things You Can Make With a Waffle Iron That Are Not Waffles:

1. Brownie Sundae

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • fine salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for brushing waffle iron
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce, sprinkles and maraschino cherries, for topping

Directions:

  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Combine half the chocolate and the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • Stir in the sugar and eggs.
  • Add the flour mixture and remaining chocolate and stir until just combined.
  • Brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron with butter.
  • Fill the waffle iron about three-quarters of the way full.
  • Cook until the waffles are cooked through and slightly crispy around the edges.
  • Top each waffle with ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce, sprinkles and a cherry, if desired.

2. Magherita Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup canned pureed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing dough
  • large pinch salt
  • 2 to 3 fresh basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 small clove garlic, very thinly sliced
  • one 8-ounce ball fresh pizza dough, halved, room temperature
  • all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan, for sprinkling

Directions:

  • Stir together the tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, the salt, basil and garlic. Let sit at room temperature for about 1 hour.
  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high.
  • Roll out half of the pizza dough into the maximum size your waffle iron can fit.
  • Brush one side with olive oil and place oiled-side down on the waffle iron, then brush the other side with oil.
  • Close the iron, don’t push down, and cook until golden and cooked through.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Meanwhile, heat the tomato sauce in a microwave or on the stove top until hot.
  • Spread each pizza with half of the sauce and half of the mozzarella.
  • Place one pizza back on the waffle iron and hold the top of the iron just over the cheese until melted.
  • Remove and garnish with basil leaves, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan.
  • Repeat with the second pizza.
  • Cut the pizzas into slices and serve.

3. Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces breakfast sausage, removed from casings
  • 2 scallions, whites and greens sliced separately
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 rounds store-bought biscuit dough

Directions:

  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the scallion whites, garlic, allspice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir.
  • Add the flour and stir until toasted.
  • Pour in the milk and chicken broth and simmer, stirring, until thick.
  • Stir in the scallion greens and parsley.
  • Cover and keep warm over low heat.
  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high heat.
  • Place one biscuit round into each section of your waffle iron, close gently, don’t push down, and cook until golden brown.
  • Repeat with the remaining biscuits.
  • Place biscuits on plate and top with the sausage gravy.

4. Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup smashed banana (2 to 3 small bananas)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus more for brushing waffle iron
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Directions:

  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the banana, oil, sour cream, vanilla and eggs in another bowl.
  • Fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just combined.
  • Brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron with oil.
  • Fill each section about three-quarters of the way full.
  • Close and cook until the waffles are golden brown.

5. Cheese and Chorizo Quesadilla

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, plus more for brushing tortillas
  • 2 ounces fresh chorizo, removed from casings
  • four 6- to 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar
  • salsa, sour cream and chopped avocado, for serving

Directions:

  • Combine the lime juice, onions and salt in a small bowl.
  • Let sit at room temperature until the onions are pink.
  • Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chorizo and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned.
  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high.
  • Brush one side of 2 tortillas with oil.
  • Scatter each with 1/3 cup cheese, then the pickled onions.
  • Sandwich with the remaining tortillas and brush the tops with oil.
  • Place one quesadilla in the waffle iron, close gently, don’t push down, and cook until golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Repeat with the remaining quesadilla.
  • Cut the quesadillas into wedges and top with the chorizo.
  • Serve with salsa, sour cream and avocado, if desired.

6. Pizza Pockets

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of refrigerated biscuits
  • pepperoni
  • mozzarella cheese
  • marinara sauce

Directions:

  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high.
  • Cut the biscuits in half so that you have two thinner pieces (like two pieces of sandwich bread).
  • Stack the bottom half with pepperoni and mozzarella.
  • Set the other half on top of the pepperoni and mozzarella and pinch the sides around the biscuit slices together.
  • Place one pizza pocket in the waffle iron, close gently, don’t push down, and cook until golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Repeat with the rest of the pizza pockets.
  • Let cool and serve with marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.

7. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Beat the sugar, brown sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the vanilla and egg until incorporated.
  • Add the flour in 2 batches, mixing until incorporated.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium-low.
  • Spray the top and bottom of the waffle iron with cooking spray.
  • Scoop the dough out one tablespoon at a time, roll into a balls and flatten slightly.
  • Place one dough round onto each section of the waffle iron, close gently, don’t press down, and cook until slightly crisp.
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