Waffle fries without the guilt? Coming right up!
I first tried this hack when I was doing a week-long challenge to eat for $4 a day. Potatoes are cheap and healthy, so I was eating a lot of them. But my daily potato was turning into a snooze. That is, until I stumbled upon this idea somewhere on the internet: smash leftover potatoes in a waffle iron…behold, waffle fries!
Even better, these waffle fries are more than a tasty sidekick for veggie burgers. Topped with beans, sauteed onions, and barbecue sauce, they’re a dish unto themselves.
There are a few pitfalls to watch out for, though, so read through the easy steps below before jumping in.
Happy waffle fry making! 😀
- 4 cooked Yukon gold potatoes (See note)
- Cooking spray
- Lightly spray a waffle iron with cooking spray
- Slice potatoes in half. Place half a potato in each quadrant of your waffle maker.
- Smash potatoes by closing the waffle maker (you may have to apply gentle pressure to get it to close.)
- Let waffle maker run for its shortest cycle, since you want to cook potatoes until they’re just golden. For our machine, this takes 4-5 minutes.
- Carefully remove fries from waffle maker and repeat with remaining 4 potato halves.
(We forgot to take a photo of the finished fries from smaller potatoes, whoops! So here's one of a bigger potato done butterfly-style, just to show you what fries should look like when you open the waffle maker!)
--Cook potatoes in the microwave or in an instant pot (do not boil).
To cook potatoes in the microwave:
1. Wash potatoes and stab a few times with a fork
2. Place in a microwave safe dish with a splash of water, cover, and cook 8-10 minutes, turning potatoes once during cooking.
To cook potatoes in the instant pot:
Use a steamer basket filled to the top with potatoes following the directions here.
Note: Do not try this with sweet potatoes. It doesn't go well!