Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Unexpected Uses for Your Wafflemaker

When my husband and I were first married, I really, really wanted a waffle maker. In fact, it was my Valentine's Day gift that first year. I just wanted to make me some waffles! Little did I know it was such a multi-tasker!

So get ready to rummage through your small-appliance storage; Stay tuned for 4 unexpected uses for your waffle iron.

Press Some Panini

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Why buy another appliance when you can press a panino (that's the singular form of panini, which is already a plural word in Italian -- which means that "paninis" isn't a word, just sayin') right in the waffle iron you already have? You could do grilled cheese, or a monte cristo. The possibilities are really endless. And why limit yourself to sandwiches, quesadillas would work, too!

Fry Up Some Bacon
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Trust Alton Brown to think up an even better way to make bacon. Check out the video from an episode of Good Eats via Serious Eats for the finer details of technique and such.

Crisp Some Hashbrowns
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I love this idea! Think about how crispy hashbrowns could get with all those nooks and crannies making contact with them while they cook. Mmmmmm... And just imagine that you cooked the bacon in your waffle maker first, and then did the hashbrowns in the bacon drippings! I know we shouldn't be thinking about such things, but... I really can't help myself. Don't hate me.

 5 Minute Brownie
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Okay, so the actual time it will take depends on your waffle maker, but whatever amount of time it takes it will be faster than baking a pan of brownies in the oven. Just make your favorite recipe or use a mix, and scoop about 1/2 cup of batter per square into your waffle maker. Let it cook 5 to 10 minutes. This is a particularly great idea for those of you who love the edges. (Which isn't me so much, but a brownie is a brownie!) Not a brownie person (is there such a person in this crazy world)? Try it with a cake batter for "cupcake" waffles.

Do you have any new uses for your kitchen appliances?
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1 comment :

  1. Brilliant ideas for waffle maker use. Can't wait to crisp my hash browns this way!


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