Loaded Waffle Tots

It’s been a while since I’ve pulled out the waffle maker and tried something new. I had some leftover frozen tater tots and thought I’d try loaded waffle tots….I don’t know why, but I love the sound of waffle tots….makes me happy.

These turned out so crunchy and satisfying with the crispy bacon and melted cheese on the warm tater tots pressed into a delicious waffle, then topped with the cool tang of sour cream and chives. The only thing that I will do a little differently next time, is when making these in a Belgium waffle maker, there needs to be more tater tots on top to fill in the gaps. Other than that these were a hit.

Here’s what you need:

*frozen tater tots; I did not thaw mine

*1/4 cup of shredded cheese per waffle; I used a cheddar Colby jack blend

*2 slices of bacon per waffle, cooked crisp and crumbled

*sour cream, to taste

*dried or fresh chives, to taste

Heat waffle maker and spray with non stick spray. Line the tots on the waffle iron.

If you have a Belgium waffle maker like I used, I recommend placing more of the tots to fill in the gaps. I did not do this the first time. They came out really good, but not as solid as I wanted.

Close the lid and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Carefully remove with a spatula and place on plates.

Sprinkle on the cheese, then add the bacon.

Top with sour cream and chives.

Enjoy!

Waffle Maker Bacon and Chocolate Chip French Toast

Yes, It’s time for another waffle maker goodie. This time I tried making French toast with bacon and chocolate chips nestled in the middle. This is defiantly for one of those indulgent breakfast mornings. The bacon and chocolate chips take this to the next level, not to mention all those crispy, square pockets that are perfect for holding that rich syrup. I used sourdough bread and cut it a little thicker so this made a nice, thick French toast, but regular sandwich bread works too. Just make sure the bread is not too fresh, or it will not hold up well when dipping into the egg mixture.

Here’s what you need:

*sourdough bread or any other preferred variety

*2 slices of bacon per serving cooked until crisp

*semi sweet chocolate chips

*2 eggs

*1/2 Cup milk

*1/2 tsp. cinnamon (apple pie spice is really good instead of the cinnamon as well)

*1/2 tsp vanilla extract

*no stick spray

*butter (optional)

*syrup

Pre heat waffle maker and spray with no stick spray.

In a dish add eggs. milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Whisk to combine.

set aside.

Cut bread to desired thickness, remember that there will be two slices for each serving or you can use the pre sliced kind.

Place bacon onto one of the slices.

Then add some of the chocolate chips on top of the bacon.

I only added a few because I did not want the chocolate to over power the bacon.

Place the other slice of bread over the chocolate chips and place bottom side down into the egg mixture.

Let it sit in the mixture for a few seconds to absorb the egg.

Turn over the “sandwich” and soak the other side in the egg mixture.

Place inside of the waffle maker with the bottom side down.

Close and cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and heated thru.

Place on to plates add butter if desired and top with your favorite syrup.

Ham, Turkey and Cheese Waffle Maker Melt

Years ago when Applebee’s restaurants were abundant where I live, I would eat there a good many times. One of my favorite sandwiches was their Clubhouse Grill. Sadly, most Applebee’s are now closed around here, but there are times that I still get a craving for that tasty club. This is my take on that. It has turkey, ham, Colby Jack cheese topped with a tangy bbq sauce then toasted in the waffle maker until the cheese gets all nice and gooey and the bread has that nice crispy crunch….. simple but heavenly. I think next time I might slide in some bacon.

Here’s what you need:

*2 slices of bread per sandwich; I used regular white bread.

*softened butter

*deli sliced honey ham

*deli sliced oven roasted turkey

*2 slices Colby Jack cheese per sandwich

*1 Tbs BBQ sauce per sandwich any variety; or more to taste

*non stick spray

Heat waffle maker and spray with no stick spray.

Butter each slice of bread on one side; this will be the outside of the sandwich.

Place one slice of bread, buttered side down onto the waffle maker. Add a layer of sliced Turkey.

Then place a slice of the cheese over the turkey.

Next, layer on the ham.

Pace another slice of cheese on top of the ham.

Spoon bbq sauce over the cheese.

Place a slice of bread, buttered side up over the bbq sauce and cheese.

Close the waffle maker and cook for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is nice and toasted.

Enjoy!

Waffle Maker After Thanksgiving Day Turkey Sandwich

Thanksgiving is over and I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to the leftovers. It’s like Thanksgiving once again, but here’s your chance to put a spin on it…… reinvent it your way. I decided to take that leftover turkey and make a sandwich out of it, but not just any ‘ol sandwich. This has turkey, dressing….. yes dressing not stuffing, (this is a big debate every year between hubby and I) cheddar cheese and a little of that homemade cranberry sauce ( if you prefer the giggly kind from the can, I’m not judging) all between sliced bread then toasted nicely in the waffle maker. This is your sandwich, so feel free to add anything else of those Thanksgiving leftover goodness.

Here’s what I used:

2 slices of bread per sandwich

turkey

dressing

shredded cheddar cheese

cranberry sauce

Preheat a waffle maker on medium. Spray with nonstick spray.

Place one piece of bread on the waffle maker, then add some of the dressing.

Add some turkey on top of the dressing.

Next, add a little of the cranberry sauce on the the turkey.

Then top with cheese.

Place another slice of bread on top of the cheese.

Close the waffle maker and heat for about 5 minutes of until bread is golden and the cheese is melted.

Serve and Enjoy!

Bacon, Ham and Cheese Waffle Maker Omelets

Yes, it’s time to pull out the waffle maker once again to make some omelets. Do you get that omelet craving on some mornings, but just don’t have the time to make them. Not only is it about finding the time to make them, but there’s also the issue of the flip. You know what I’m talking about….trying to neatly fold and flip, or roll rather, that nicely stuffed egg onto a plate without having it fall apart or making one huge mess. Well, I thought since I have been experimenting with my waffle maker, I could try to make an omelet. I will admit my first attempt wasn’t so pretty. I made the mistake of leaving the waffle maker on too high and well…..it actually spit at me. The eggs oozed and spewed out of the sides all the while making this obscene hissing noise. But it did taste good. The next attempt was a tasty success with bacon, ham and some cheese all cooked in fluffy eggs. This also makes a great breakfast for dinner kind of meal. I’m all for those as well.

Here’s what you need:

*3 eggs; This made 2 omelets. Depending the size of your waffle maker you may have to use 1 less egg.

*2 slices of bacon cooked crisp

*ham, chopped; to taste

*1/4 C. shredded cheese; I used cheddar

*salt and pepper to taste

*non stick cooking spray

Preheat the waffle maker on the lowest setting and spray with the non stick spray. Coating the waffle maker with no stick spray is important because the eggs will stick if you do not do this step.

In a small bowl, crack in the eggs and whisk for a few seconds. Add in all of the ingredients and whisk a little more.

Pour the egg mixture on to the waffle maker.

Close the lid and cook for about 2 minutes or more until eggs are done.

Carefully remove the waffle omelets on to plates and serve.

Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Waffles Topped with a Fried Egg

I’m once again pulling out the waffle maker to make these cheesy bacon hash brown waffles. These waffles are an alternative to your average breakfast waffles. These are made from hash browns, cheese and what’s not to love….bacon. How can this get even better you ask? Top it with a nice fried egg.

Here’s what you need:

This is for 2 servings (1 waffle each), but you can double this of course to make more. If you are making more servings than your waffle maker holds, place the cooked waffles in a 200° oven so they will stay warm while the others are cooking.

*2 Cups shredded hash browns; I used the frozen kind and thawed them out in the microwave.

*4 eggs, divided

*1 TBS oil

*salt and pepper to taste

*1 1/2 Cups shredded cheese; I used a Colby Monterey Jack blend

*3 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preheat waffle maker and spray with no stick spray.

In a bowl, combine hash browns, 2 eggs, salt and pepper, shredded cheese and bacon.

Mix until blended.

In a non stick pan, cook eggs in about 1 TBS oil on medium to medium high heat until the whites are cooked, but the yolks are still runny; season to taste with salt and pepper.

While eggs are cooking, spoon hash brown mixture onto the waffle maker. Cook about 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Place on plates and top with the egg.

Then behold all of that nice egg action when you cut into it. Now stop drooling over mine and go make you some.

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese with Bacon

Dust off your waffle maker and get ready to make some grilled cheese with bacon. Ya’ll, I can’t tell you enough how amazing this sandwich is. I’ve had plenty of grilled cheeses in my life, but this was one of the best. It is crunchy, cheesy and the bacon really tops it off. Some of the cheese ran out of the bread while toasting, then nestled it’s self underneath and stuck to the bread, which added a wonderful nutty flavor. I did not notice this until I took my first bite. It was then I thought I should have taken a picture of that side, since that was indeed, the most scrumptious side.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stop eating one half until I stopped myself to take a picture to show you guys how good it truly is.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

*sliced bread; I used regular sandwich bread because that’s all I had on hand, but you can use any kind you like.

*spreadable butter

*sliced cheese, 2 slices per sandwich; I used Colby Jack

*bacon, 2 slices per sandwich

Heat up the waffle maker. As the waffle maker is heating, spread butter on each slice of bread.

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray.l Place bread onto the the waffle iron, butter side down. Lay one slice of cheese on to the bread.

Add the bacon on top of the cheese.

Cut the bacon in half of it does not fit the size of the bread.

Place another slice of cheese on top of the bacon.

Close the waffle iron and cook about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.

Remove and serve.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Waffle Breakfast Sandwich with Raspberry Jam

I don’t know about you, but the only time I pull out my waffle maker is to… well… make waffles. So, needless to say it isn’t used a whole lot. I’ve seen many recipes using the waffle maker and on those occasions I tell myself that I’m going to try those, but then I move on to something else. So, my lonely little waffle maker stays hidden away (ok not exactly hidden, but more like shoved to the back because I needed more space) and does not get used. Well, today is the day it gets to shine. I decided to make a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich……with raspberry jam.

Here’s what you need:

Hubby did not want to try one until….. as he said, you go first…. so this is for one serving, but you can make as many as you desire.

*2 slices of bread; I used white bread, but use any kind.

*2 slices of bacon

*2 eggs

*salt and pepper to taste

*1/3 C. Shredded cheese; I used Monterrey Jack Cheddar blend

*raspberry jam; to taste

In a medium skillet ( I used a no stick skillet because I wanted to cook the eggs in the same pan for less clean up), cook bacon until crisp; drain and set aside. Wipe out bacon grease from the pan leaving a small amount to cook the eggs.

In a small bowl, add eggs and beat with a whisk. Heat skillet on medium heat, add eggs, salt and pepper. Cook while lightly stirring with spatula until thickened and there is no more liquid from the egg; set aside.

Heat waffle maker on medium and spray with no stick spray.

Spread raspberry jam on the bread slices. Place one slice into the waffle maker.

Place egg on top of the bread.

Top with the bacon and then the cheese.

Top with the other bread slice, jam side down. Close waffle maker and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!