Cheesy Hash Brown Waffles

A kid friendly and fun side dish these Cheesy Hash Brown Waffles are easy and both kids and adults love them.

Cheesy Hashbrown Waffles

I almost passed on the opportunity to make these Cheesy Hashbrown Waffles. When the schedule for this week’s Food Network post for #SensationalSides was included in our seasonal calendar, ‘Kid Friendly Sides’ seemed a part of my past and certainly not something I had a handle on today.

I must have been in a fog because while I’m not cooking for kids every day; I’ve sure got a passel of them that might be here at any given moment for a meal so they’re not in my past at all; they’re just not here every day.

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With 10 little kids on my street of 10 homes my house is sometimes more the home of the Pied Piper. The kids often gravitate here.

I’ve usually got a treat for them somewhere and I’ve even turned over my one spare bedroom (ostensibly my guest room) to be a ‘kids’ room for them to gather in.

One or two or four will show up and it’s not unusual that I end up fixing them lunch or dinner. While an ice cream cone is always preferred for the main course; I’m a stickler about them eating a meal first and I’ve found one thing to be true.

Breakfast pretty much works for any meal. One in particular is a picky eater but eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage…or a combination of all of them makes him happy so it’s what I’ll often do since all the other kids enjoy them too.

Cheesy Hashbrown Waffles

Since I got a new waffle iron a few months ago, I’ve had some fun playing with it and while this recipe is almost too simple to even be called a recipe, it is a kid favorite.

Frozen hash browns are transformed magically into a waffle and if that hashbrown waffle has some cheese in it? What kid wouldn’t love that?

Last week I had some leftover meatballs and a bag of the requisite hash browns in the freezer and it turned into an easy meal. I sliced the meatballs for little sandwiches and cut the cooked hash brown waffles into sticks for dipping in either ketchup or a maple mustard mixture I put together.

The first time I tried these Cheesy Hash Brown Waffles, they sort of worked but I’ve found the key to real success is to include an egg in the mix; it helps to hold all the other components together.

Lee and Friend

I kept this dish pretty simple; my little picky one, Lee (on the right, pictured above with his buddy), can detect an onion from a mile away or I might have included some, so certainly add what you or your kids would love.

Bacon, cheese, onion, ham…you get my drift…whatever works with hashbrowns can be cut up and included in these Cheesy Hashbrown Waffles.

Testimony to success? See those empty plates? They devoured them but I still paid them for their time as my testers. A quarter and a cookie; if only everyone could be so easy to please!

Cheesy Hashbrown Waffles

I love this photo; those rabbit ears were Lee’s idea of helping take a photo. Turns out I loved it best. I also love the dip I made; while it may look like Honey Mustard it’s even better – how about Maple Mustard? Just seems more appropriate with a waffle hashbrown doesn’t it?

I even took one that was leftover and used it for breakfast the next day…toasted it and put a fried egg on top and it was delicious.

I know I know; I usually have recipes that are much more difficult than this one and really sometimes I wonder WHY??? Not just kid friendly but Barb friendly, and I know you’ll love them too!

Cheesy Hashbrown Waffles

Cheesy Hash Brown Waffles

Hash Browns combined with cheese make for easy and delicious cheesy hash brown waffles.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Breakfast, Cheese, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice & Grains
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 202 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cheese shredded
  • 16 ounces Frozen Hashbrowns
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Whole Grain Mustard

Instructions
 

  • Beat eggs until thoroughly combined, add the cheese and hashbrowns and mix until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook in waffle iron on medium high heat until brown cooked through.
  • Combine maple syrup and whole grain mustard, adding more syrup if necessary for your tastes. Serve on the side for dipping.

Notes

I think best to cook this at a bit lower temp than normal for waffles since you are mixing frozen hash browns with other ingredients and they will need some time to thaw and cook before browning on the outside.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Hash Brown Waffles
Serving Size
 
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
202
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Cholesterol
 
81
mg
27
%
Sodium
 
220
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
23
g
8
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Calories
202
Keyword Cheese, hash browns, waffles
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2 Comments

    1. I love them back too…very lucky they are all such sweet kids! Trust me, we all loved these; playing with the waffle iron is fun!

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