A week ago or so I made up a batch of these lovlies for breakfast and have been craving them ever since. Sweet and savory Potato, Apple and Bacon Waffles are kind of a mashup of a hearty German potato pancake and a sweet apple pancake baked on a waffle iron for extra crispiness and crunch. A little bacon is thrown in for a salty, smoky contrast to the sweet apple and for balance.
Why I waited to make them again is a puzzle to me, because they're so easy to put together...especially if you use precooked real bacon bits. Making dinner (or breakfast if you're more of a traditionalist) is simpler still when you start with frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes and just a little Bisquick. Who doesn't like a quick and easy breakfast-for-dinner recipe in their arsenal?!
Ready to make an easy "brinner" for the fam? Gentlemen (and ladies), start your waffle irons!
Potato, Apple and Bacon Waffles
Makes 8 waffles
- 4 C frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes, thawed
- 8 slices bacon, cut into dice, fried crisp (or 1/2-2/3 C REAL bacon bits
- 2 apples, peeled and cored, cut into 1/4" dice
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 6 T Bisquick (I use gluten-free Bisquick to make these GF)
- 6 T milk
- 1 t salt and extra for sprinkling on the finished waffles to really make the flavor pop!
Preheat your waffle iron while you toss the batter together.
In a large bowl, mix the potatoes and sprinkle with Bisquick. Add bacon, apples, egg, milk and salt. Mix all together well.
My waffle iron uses no oil; if yours needs to be oiled, prepare your iron as needed.
Use half the batter for the first batch of waffles, if your waffle iron makes 4 at a time like mine. I like to press down firmly on the waffle iron handle for 30 seconds or so to get good initial contact on both sides of the waffle - I think it produces a crisper waffle in the end.
Carefully remove the first batch of waffles and do the second.
Serve with real maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt. Yes, I said salt. It makes a BIG difference!
NOTE: Leftover waffles? Put thinly sliced cheddar between two waffles and grill on both sides in a buttered skillet until the cheese is melted and the waffles crisp. Delish!
NOTE 2: Although I haven't tried it, I can't help but think these would make a kickass base for sausage gravy! Hmmmmmm......