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.

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.