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10 Recipes to Revitalize Your Waffle Iron

Written by Adrienne Wolter, Community Blogger | Apr 21, 2014 9:03 AM

Here's the scenario: You receive a fancy waffle iron as a gift. You think to yourself, "What am I going to do with a waffle iron? It's not like I'm going to make waffles every single day for breakfast." You smile politely and picture yourself storing this new gadget in the back of your cabinet piled high with the other gizmos you don't use.

Hold it right there. Before you judge the waffle iron and its "sole purpose" to make only breakfast waffles, think again. That is simply an excuse to feel okay with setting your new gift aside and writing it off. Believe it or not, but there is more to the waffle iron than simply breakfast waffles.

Alright, so I'll step off of the waffle pedestal for a minute. Yes, breakfast waffles are yummy and delicious, but you are underestimating your waffle iron. Think outside of the proverbial waffle and try some new, adventurous dishes. You'll be surprised to know that waffles are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack time. If you don't believe me, try one of these 10 great recipes below. You'll be "waffling" in no time.

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Photo by Cristina Valencia

Classic buttermilk waffles are what everyone thinks of when they hear the word "waffle."

The Sweet

1. Classic Buttermilk Waffles

Okay, we'll start with the basics to "get your feet wet." Soft, buttermilk waffles are a traditional staple for breakfast foods. Whether using a pre-mixed batter or creating your own, this is a perfect place to start for the waffle iron beginner. Plus, you can add whatever toppings you'd like to customize your meal. Try butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, blueberries, marmalade, you name it. Bet you can't have just one.

2. True Belgian Waffles

Who can resist fluffy Belgian waffles with strawberries? These tastefully sugared delights have such a lovely texture and a light, vanilla flavor. Just like buttermilk waffles, these beauties can be topped with a fruit, syrup or filling of your choice. Since they have a sweet foundation to them, you can even serve them up as a dessert with some pie filling or chocolate concoction. This is the perfect treat for someone with a sweet tooth.

3. Gluten-Free Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

Are you trying some healthy new alternatives or cannot have gluten-based products? Then, this recipe is for you. You can have mouth-watering gluten-free cinnamon sugar waffles without compromising on flavor. Add a little spice to your life and buckle-up, because these babies take your taste buds for an adventure.

4. Ice Cream Wafflewiches

I'd much rather have a plain waffle instead of an ice cream waffle sandwich, said no one ever! Take your waffle to new heights by serving up some ice cream in the middle. Betty Crocker has a fun recipe that takes waffles to a new level. Coat the tips with chocolate and sprinkles and you have the perfect, celebratory waffle, fit for any birthday party or special occasion. Choose your favorite ice cream flavor and enjoy!

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Photo by Danielle Scott

Combine the deliciousness of a BLT with the awesomeness of waffles and you get... the mouthwatering waffle BLT.

The Savory

5. Cheddar Waffle BLT

Just looking at this recipe will make you drool for this savory sandwich. The cheddar waffle BLT is great for a packed lunch or quick dinner. When you're pressed for time, put your waffle iron to the test with these simple ingredients. However, be cautious with this one, because you'll have envious friends and co-workers eyeing up your sandwich, craving a taste. They'll think you ordered it from a fancy coffee shop down the street. It's okay, you're secret is safe.

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Photo by Trinity Lancaster

Chicken and waffles, an old Pennsylvania Dutch tradition.

6. Maple Cornbread Waffles

Searching for that feel-good recipe? Look no further than maple cornbread waffles for the best comfort food waffles. Start with a sweet cornbread mix or create your own from scratch, then choose your toppings. Coat your waffles with homemade chili, Sloppy Joe mix or taco fillings. Sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese or a dollop of sour cream for the finished touch.

7. Chicken and Waffles

Take an old Pennsylvania Dutch tradition and serve up some chicken and waffles for dinner. This savory dish is packed with protein and homemade gravy. You can always add your own spin to the gravy-base with chives, corn, mushrooms and other veggies. If you're tired of chicken, try substituting turkey. Just make sure you whip up enough waffles to go around.

The "You Went There and It Was DELICIOUS"

8. Waffled Soft Pretzels

Feeling brave? Try pressing some soft pretzel waffles in your waffle iron. Who knew you could make pretzels with this awesome iron? Just don't be afraid of their appearance. Unlike laser treatments that clear away unwanted blemishes, the waffle iron will give these pretzels some fun waffle indents and character. Astound your guests and serve up your homemade, salted pretzels at your next house party, slumber party or big game day. They'll go fast, so make sure to prepare them ahead of time. You can always reheat them in the oven so they are served warm. Or, have a cooking night and make them with friends.

9. Waffle Iron Pizza Pockets

You're always on the go and are trying to figure out how to possibly make dinner by managing your crazy schedule. Johnny's got soccer practice, Ashley has ballet and you need to be at your board review. What's better than making waffled pizza pockets? They take mere minutes to make and are easy to take in the car. Plus, pizza is always a good go-to, so save your cash on delivery and make your own.

10. Crab Cake Waffles

Get exotic and try these "to die for" crab cake waffles. Not only are they grain-free and dairy-free, but they pack a serious punch. Excellent for a sophisticated treat at a party or a summer cookout. Iron up these savory waffles and indulge. Be careful, though, because they are seriously addicting.

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Photo by Joanne Wan

Okay, are you convinced yet? There are thousands of excellent waffle recipes available to try for any occasion. Don't be afraid to use your waffle iron for different purposes. Make brownies, chocolate chip waffles or even try to make cheesy potato waffles. The possibilities are endless. Just don't underestimate the potential of your waffle iron. It gets lonely in the back of your cabinet. So, try on your waffle iron for size and entertain your family with a new recipe each week. You'll wonder why you didn't try "waffling" sooner.

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