Potato Waffles

potato waffle on plate

The Spruce / Pete Scherer

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 2

What exactly is a potato waffle? In essence, it's a potato pancake cooked in a waffle iron. Potato pancakes are delicious, but making them always seems like such a big undertaking. For a weeknight potato fix, latkes are not at the top of our list. Potato waffles are here to change all that. This recipe is written for one roughly 6- to 8-ounce potato. It keeps things quick, easy and enjoyable. And if you want to cook for the whole family, it’s easy to scale up.

This particular version features the flavor profile of a baked potato, but the real beauty of this recipe is its flexibility. Swap the meats, cheeses and herbs for other ingredients. Try jalapeno cheddar, garlic parmesan, or samosa-style potato waffles. You get the idea. And different flavor profiles are just the beginning. You can make potato waffle sandwiches, put fried eggs and all manner of sauces on top of the potato waffle, make fried chicken and potato waffles, potato waffle burgers... and so on.

Ingredients

  • 1 large (6- to 8-ounce) yellow potato
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (plus extra for topping)
  • 1/4 cup bacon (cooked crumbled, plus extra for topping)
  • Garnish: crème fraîche, fresh chives

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat your waffle iron.

  2. Using a grater (on a box-type grater use the larger holes), shred the potato into a large bowl. Using your hands—wear gloves if you like—and squeeze the shredded potato to extract the liquid. As liquid releases, pour it off into a separate cup or small bowl. Remove as much liquid as you can.

  3. When finished, allow the liquid in the bowl to settle for a couple of minutes. You will see a layer of starch settling at the bottom of the liquid. Gently pour the liquid off, retaining the starch beneath. Add this starch back to the shredded potato.

  4. To the bowl with the potato add the egg, flour, butter, salt, and baking powder. Mix well, then fold in the cheese and bacon.

  5. Lightly grease the surface of the waffle iron if needed. With a large spoon, spread an even layer of batter onto the hot iron. As waffle irons vary, use your own judgment with respect to thickness.

  6. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until crisped and golden brown.

  7. Move to a plate and top with the creme fraiche, chives, cheese, and bacon. Serve immediately.

Tip

  • We made these potato waffles on an old 8-inch waffle iron we got at the thrift store many years ago for $8. These waffles took about 6 minutes on the highest heat setting, which on this particular iron is labeled “dark.” Read the manual for your waffle iron and use your best judgment.

Recipe Variation

  • Leave out the bacon or substitute with vegan bacon for a vegetarian version.