Texas Toast French Toast Waffles

I love Texas toast.
I love French toast.
I love waffles.
… and that sums up how I feel about Texas toast French toast waffles! Incredibly easy to make and beyond yummy. Self-control was very challenging with a platter of these little tasty beauties in front of me. Sweet, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, you can substitute any bread you like, but I prefer Texas toast because it can more than handle the job of holding up to an egg batter and a waffle iron.
I often contemplate what I would do differently to a recipe after I make it. A little twist or something. I can honestly say there is absolutely nothing I would change about Texas toast French toast waffles. Except to maybe double the recipe.

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Texas Toast French Toast Waffles
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 slices Texas toast
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Real maple syrup and confectioner's sugar, for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat waffle iron. I used my Cuisinart Griddler with the waffle iron plates.
  2. Beat the eggs, milk, butter, vanilla and cinnamon in a pie plate.
  3. Working in batches, dip bread in egg mixture. Flip and coat other side.
  4. Transfer to hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Mac-and-Cheese Waffles

It had to be done. I’ve made fries on a waffle iron. I’ve cooked breakfast sausage on a waffle iron. I’ve even made brownies on a waffle iron. So it made perfect sense to take mac-and-cheese and toss it onto a hot waffle iron too. What makes for a great mac-and-cheese? A nice crunchy outside and a creamy inside. Well, here it is. Crunchy and creamy, all in one, and a great way to use up leftover mac-and-cheese. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be leftover.

Mac-and-Cheese WafflesYou can use any mac-and-cheese recipe you want for these. Just make sure you let it set for a few hours (or best, overnight) before cutting it and putting it on the waffle iron. It needs to be nice and… well, solid.

Mac-and-Cheese Waffles
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked, drained
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar, divided
Instructions
For the mac-and-cheese
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet or the same pot you cooked the macaroni in.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook for 3 minutes, whisking constantly.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk, 1/2 cup at a time, and whisk. Whisk steadily for about 10 minutes until any lumps are gone and the mixture is nice and creamy smooth.
  4. Remove from heat and add the salt, pepper, cayenne (if using) and 2 cups of the cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted.
  5. Line a 9" x 13" baking dish with parchment or wax paper.
  6. Pour in the macaroni and cheese and level out with a spatula.
  7. Let cool before placing into the fridge for at least eight hours.
For the mac-and-cheese waffles
  1. Heat your waffle iron and spray well with non-stick spray.
  2. Working in batches, cut the macaroni and cheese into whatever sizes and shapes you want.
  3. Sprinkle a bit of cheese on the waffle iron and add the macaroni and cheese. Top with a bit more cheese and close the waffle iron. Do not press down. Cook 5-6 minutes.
  4. Turn off the waffle iron and let cool 5-10 minutes or until you can remove the mac-and-cheese without it sticking. Keep warm in the oven on low as you cook the remaining mac-and-cheese.

 

Waffled Fries

You could’ve pushed me over with a feather. I thought that no way could these waffled fries be great. Potato flakes aren’t the first thing that come to mind when I think about making fries at home.

Well, I was wrong. These little potato bites are highly addicting, and very… potato-y. And, there’s no deep frying involved. Clean up is a breeze.

Waffled FriesIt takes about 3 minutes to make the fries. Our little waffle iron can only make 4 at a time, so I kept them warm in the oven’s warming drawer while I made the rest of the batch.

For a little twist on the usual fries, add a pinch of Cajun seasoning to the batter. Or freshly ground black pepper. Whatever suits your fancy.

Waffled Fries
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups instant potato flakes
Instructions
  1. Heat your waffle iron to high. Spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Let set until thick. Add more water, a little at a time, if the mixture is too thin to stick together.
  3. Working in batches, form a tablespoon of batter into a small ball and place onto the waffle iron. Add as many as you can without crowding them. Close the waffle iron lid and cook 3 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.
  4. Serve hot.

 

Waffled Sausage Patties

I usually pan fry my breakfast sausage patties. Sometimes I’ll cook them in the oven, but I prefer pan frying. I don’t like the mess, though. The splatter. The grease. So, when I came across this approach to cooking up sausages using a waffle iron I just had to try it. Waffled sausage patties… who knew?

Waffled Sausage PattiesIn about 3 minutes you will have perfectly cooked waffled sausage patties, with a little bit of a crust to them. You know what I mean. GBD. Golden Brown Delicious. I don’t trust sausages that don’t have a bit of crust to them. It’s just not normal.

I can cook four sausages at a time on our little round Cuisinart waffle maker, which is perfect for the two of us. Cleanup was very easy, too!

Looking for something new to cook on your waffle iron? Try these awesome waffled French fries or these great waffle iron cinnamon rolls!

Waffled Sausages
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 4 sausage patties
Instructions
  1. Heat your waffle iron on high.
  2. Add patties to iron and close lid. Do not press down on the lid.
  3. Cook about 3 minutes or until internal temperature of the sausages reaches 165 F.

 

Brownie Waffles

Oh my goodness. What’s not to like? A waffle made with brownie mix. I topped this yummy creation with Blue Bell French Vanilla ice cream, a bit of whipped cream, and of course, a Maraschino cherry. With a generous drizzle of chocolate sauce. Brownie waffles take only minutes to make.

Brownie WafflesNext time I think I’ll add some toasted pecans.

Brownie Waffles
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box your favorite brownie mix, plus the ingredients it calls for to make the mix
  • 1 large egg
Instructions
  1. Make the brownie mix as the box indicates, adding an additional egg.
  2. Heat your waffle iron.
  3. Working in batches, spray your iron with non-stick spray. Add 1/4-1/2 cup (according to your waffle maker's instructions) of the batter and close the iron. Cook until done.
  4. Serve warm.