waffle hash browns

November 30, 2011

I totally made hash browns in my waffle maker.

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It all started this past weekend, on Thanksgiving to be exact, when the Husband’s cousin started a conversation about Pinterest. Which, by the way — have you ever tried to describe Pinterest to anyone before? I tried to explain it to the Husband and ended up sounding like an idiot (nothing new here) because I could not put words into what Pinterest really is. I think I said something like “boards… search engine… pictures… pin… addicting” and that was all. No more words were said.

So anyways, the Husband’s cousin was talking about how he was surfing through Pinterest and saw this method for cooking hash browns — in the waffle maker.  And I figured this was the perfect reason to break out my waffle maker for it’s bi-monthly use. I wish I were more of a waffle girl, but pancakes have my heart.

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Long story short, I didn’t think of the idea to use my waffle maker to make hash browns. It’s like one of those million dollar ideas (not really) that you always think “gaah! I totally thought to do that like 3 years ago and now someone else is banking on it” — kind of like those texting gloves that are on the market now. It’s like butt flap pajamas bottoms except for your thumb and pointer fingers. No need to take those suckers off in the cold months — text away! How many people really thought about cutting holes in their gloves before one person made millions? That’s what I thought.

Something crossed my mind as I was making these last night — how in the world did I shred potatoes before I bought Big Bertha?

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Answer? I didn’t. Seriously, who wants to spend twenty minutes of their life sawing potatoes into a shredded? Not this girl. I have better things to do. Instead, I like the shredding option on my food processor — slice and shred in twenty seconds. Done.

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So here’s the deal — all I did was shred these guys (these guys meaning one sweet potato) up and sprayed my waffle maker with some cooking spray (or grease it with oil/butter — whatever). Then I squeezed the excess water from the potato shreds and once the waffle maker was heated up, I distributed them evenly throughout the waffle maker, sprinkled on some of my favorite spices for sweet potatoes (pepper, garlic, chili powder, cinnamon) and let those babies cook for 8-10 minutes.

It was fast. It was easy. There were oodles of crispy pieces. The shreds filled the entire Belgian waffle maker. And when they came out, I figured there was no way I could eat them all.

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I love it when I’m wrong — which, by the way…  never happens, so don’t tell the Husband.

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon November 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

TOTALLY DOING THIS! Love the idea!

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Kit-Kat November 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

What a crazy good idea! :-)
I wonder if regular hashbrowns seasoned with Trader Joes 21 Salute would work?

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cleaneatingchelsey November 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I did a batch of regular white potatoes for the Husband and they turned out perfect!

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Kit-Kat November 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

YUM!
My brother LOVES hashbrowns to a T! He calls them “Hosh”-browns (it makes it sound so posh)! :-)

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Lorna February 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

anything seasoned with Trader Joe’s 21 Salute is good. To add to all flavors I cut up fresh onions and freeze them to use when cooking. Always ready.

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kathleen @ the daily crumb November 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm

this is amazing!! i don’t even like to think what my life was like before pinterest.

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

What a great idea! All sorts of crispiness going on here….. and the best part is that you used sweet potatoes! I love me some sweet potatoes- this would help me switch it up! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:50 am

haha – I know. I only eat sweet poatoes, oh… 4 times a week.

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

This is genius, brilliant, and I’m definitely doing this.

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Never would have thought of that! Such a good idea!!

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Ohmygosh. Best idea EVER! Reason #1000 why a waffle maker is going on my xmas wish list! :P

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I seriously love this idea! If only I had a waffle maker…

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Amy B @ Second City Randomness November 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I think you may enjoy this:

http://www.waffleizer.com/waffleizer/

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

That was by far the best thing I’ve seen this December.

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm

AHAHAHAHHA. I literally just LOL’d. You’re my favorite.

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Haha I love the creative use of kitchen appliances! And I have those touch-screen phone gloves… they are a life saver at the bus stop.

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

You have some? That’s awesome.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Best idea EVER :)

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Sarah November 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm

haha I’ve tried describing Pinterest and got completely tongue tied too! Genius idea with the waffle maker

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

LOVE this idea…and I love it that you used a sweet potato!! It’s like one GIANT sweet potato waffle fry :-)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

It sure is!!!

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chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files November 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

YUM. I NEED to try this!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I’ve seen people make things like this in waffle makers. Must try!

But first i need to buy a waffle maker :)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:52 am

ha! That first step is key!

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Lauren November 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

You are a genius my friend!

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Lauren @ HugsKissesNDishes November 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

that is so awesome! I definitely need to try that! I don’t know if ive used my waffle maker more than once..

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Jenny November 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm

haha that is awesome. #pinterest rocks my world yet again!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Pinterest is so nifty! I’ve got a couple of inventions up my sleeve. Wanna be my business partner?

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:52 am

Sure – let’s split everything 50-50. :)

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Ellie@fitforthesoul November 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm

bahahaha I always try to explain all these “normal” things (not) to my fiance, and he’s like…I’m a visual person, can you just show me a picture? :P It’s so hard to choose btwn waffles and pancakes! dohhh. And a waffle maker is def. on my wedding registry list haha, where are my priorities?

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Grace November 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I don’t own a waffle maker but I feel like I need to buy on just for this purpose!

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Val November 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Thats such a great idea!!

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Sarah November 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm

what a great idea! i bet spaghetti squash would be another good option for the waffle maker.

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:52 am

Now THAT is a great idea!!!

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Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy November 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm

These look amazing! What a great idea. I made homemade cranberry sauce today just so I could top my oatmeal with it tomorrow, I am def. trying your chocolate cranberry oats recipe from the other day!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:52 am

Let me know how you like them!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit November 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I saw these on the weekend and pinned them instantly! I’ve tried to explain pinterest to many people and found it challenging at first. Now, I just say “imagine if you had a place to put all the cool things you find on the web. Instead of saving them in your inbox, or random folders on your computer, Pinterest becomes your home for all of your ideas and inspirations around the web!” Works every time!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:53 am

Im glad we were on the same page!

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Alexa @ SimpleEats November 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Wow, this is SO clever. Waffle irons are definitely one of those things that rarely gets used!

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Khushboo December 1, 2011 at 12:24 am

Ok are you a mind reader or something?? I have been searching for a waffle hash brown recipe…thank you for taking me one step closer to satisfying this craving!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:53 am

You’re welcome! And yes, I specialize in mind reading. ;)

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Sarah December 1, 2011 at 2:51 am

This would be fantastic with spaghetti squash!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:53 am

Someone else said that and I have to say – why didn’t I think of that?!

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Sarah December 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

Oh haha. That was me. I didnt think my comment posted. Now i really wish i had a waffle maker. I wonder if the george foreman grill would do the same?

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nicole marie December 1, 2011 at 3:07 am

my old school waffle maker is from williams & sonoma circa 1999. it’s the lovely version with Heart designs!!!

heart shaped hash browns, anyone? certainly will make for a cute christmas breakfast party! with champagne, of course! x

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 5:53 am

That would be adorable for valentine’s day!!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

Hey, I’m all about using appliances for more than just one thing! If they’re going to take up cupboard space, they better be flexible! ;)

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Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola December 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Omg this is quite possibly the best idea ever– making these asap! I wonder if you could get crazy and try different things… what do you think would happen with broccoli slaw? I’ll admit that part of my motivation is that it’s already shredded…. ;)

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Amber K December 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

My husband has been whining about wanting waffles for days now. I kept putting him off because I saw no point in buying a waffle maker for what will probably be a one-time thing when he could just eat pancakes. Now these intrigue me so much I might know what he’s getting for Christmas this year!

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elise December 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

i think you just blew my mind. this has just been bookmarked as “holy recipe!!!!”

me and my mouth thank you.

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles December 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Oh my god. I’ve wanted a waffle maker for so long but couldn’t justify a dedicated appliance. But now that I have TWO uses for it I might have to get one. I don’t think the boyfriend would be disappointed. And I have yet to use my food processor for shredding veggies, apparently I need to get on it!

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Sherisse December 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

Hey love your blog! Can you please invite em to Pinterest? sherisse.doucette@gmail.com. thanks!

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