Waffle Maker Home Fries
I would say I use my waffle iron for waffles only, like, 40% of the time. The rest of the time I’m smashing other stuff in it to figure out what I can cook on it. Most waffle irons are super flexible and can work as a panini maker or a ton of other uses.
But breakfast potatoes. That’s where the waffle maker really excels! I’ve made hash browns with them with great success. But these home fries are even easier than hash browns, honestly.
I love the final texture of these waffle maker home fries and in my opinion good home fries are all about the texture. They should be light and fluffy on the inside, but have lots of crispy edges. A waffle maker is pretty much ideal for making them.
1) Bring a large pot of salted water to a simmer. Add potatoes and boil until they are fork tender, about 10 minutes.
2) Let potatoes cool slightly and then use a kitchen mallet to lightly smash them.
3) Season smashed potatoes with chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Season them liberally.
4) Drizzle potatoes with olive oil and spread them out on a pre-heated waffle iron. Close the iron and let cook for 5-6 minutes until they are very crispy. The exact time might change depending on your waffle iron. Check them occasionally.
5) When the potatoes reach your desired crispiness, remove them with a fork and do another batch. Serve home fries with ketchup and/or hot sauce!
Waffle Maker Home Fries
Of course, you’ll need potatoes to make these bad boys. Make your life easy by using these smaller new potatoes. Under no circumstances should you try to cook raw potatoes in a waffle maker. Will not work. So just boil the potatoes until they are fork tender in salted water. Depending on the size of your potatoes, that should be somewhere in the 8-10 minute range.
If you have the very small potatoes, you can keep them whole or you can chop them in half.
Once the potatoes are boiled, it’s time to take out some aggression. Smash ’em!
They don’t have to be pretty obviously. You just want them roughly the same thickness. Then season them really heavily with a mix of salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder. Drizzle them with a little oil also and they should be ready to go!
Preheat your waffle iron and now you’re ready to rock. Spread out the potatoes in an even layer. You can really go all the way to the edges because obviously the potatoes won’t expand like a waffle batter.
Then waffle them!
Depending on your waffle iron, they should take somewhere between 5-7 minutes to get to ideal home fry texture. Feel free to open up the waffle maker and check on them, but don’t mess with them too much! Just let them get nice and crispy.
You’ll probably have to use a fork to scoop out the home fries, but they shouldn’t stick at all assuming you have a good nonstick waffle iron.
I like mine with a little fresh chives and some hot sauce, but you could go the ketchup route also obviously!
You can definitely waffle home fries and they are very worth waffling!