Totwaffles: Tater Tots In The Waffle Iron
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten and Dairy Free
As a foodie, I hesitate to share this.  I feel like it should be some kind of secret shame.  But it's too darned tasty to keep a secret.  And really, it's not that much of a secret.  It's so simple, it doesn't even qualify as a recipe.   I first saw it in one of those Lifehack lists that tend to float around Facebook all the time, for all kinds of stuff you never knew you could make in a waffle iron.  As we've recently gotten back into the concept of breakfast for dinner on time crunched nights, I felt like this was a must try.  Yes, tater tots in the waffle iron. Y'all, these are so good.  And possibly the easiest hash browns known to man (which is a great thing for me because I make the biggest mess cooking them the regular way).  Hubs was delighted to find out he can actually HAVE tater tots (though warning to the gluten free crowd--be sure to check the label--not all tots are definitely gluten free).   He decreed that they must be called totwaffles.  Go ahead and say it.  See?  It makes you grin.  Totwaffle.  Totwaffle.  Totwaffle.  Ahem.  Possibly you should beware sharing that one with kids, as it might end up stuck on repeat.
  • frozen tater tots (YOU DON'T EVEN NEED COOKING SPRAY)
  • waffle iron
  1. Lay out the tots on the waffle iron until the surface of the iron is covered.
  2. Close.  Start whatever else you're making to go with them (for me, that's bacon).
  3. Cook for 10-15 minutes (start checking at 10 until you know how your waffle iron cooks).  You will need to squish the iron closed tighter about halfway through, once the tots are thawed.  You want them to ultimately stick together in a big square (or wedge if your waffle iron is round).
  4. Look for some nice caramelization before you pull them off.
  5. If you're cooking for a crowd, pop the finished totwaffles on a baking sheet in the oven on warm while you cook the rest.
  6. Enjoy the deliciousness and grin like a kid.  You're having TOTWAFFLES.
Recipe by Kait Nolan at