The worst thing you can do when you buy a waffle maker with nonstick plates is to use oil on it or in the batter. Rather than being nonstick, they eventually become “gummy” and it will become impossible to remove the waffle. The key to oil-free cooking in a waffle maker is HOW you cook them.
Tonight, we made my typical Veggie Hash Browns, but this time in our relatively new waffle maker (which we absolutely LOVE, by the way!) I am including the ingredients I used below, but you will have to decide how many you want to make and how much of the ingredients of each. You almost can’t mess this up. Anyway, the KEY to making this recipe is to PRE-HEAT the waffle maker, setting it between MEDIUM and HIGH HEAT. Then, fill waffle iron bottom plate right to the edges with the Veggie Hash Browns ingredients, close the top, and CAREFULLY press the top down with an oven mitt. Reduce the heat a bit on the waffle maker to just a little higher than medium, and set a timer for 25 minutes.
DO NOT OPEN THE TOP!
If after 25 minutes, your waffle won’t come up pretty easily with a silicone spatula, close the top, and go another 5-10 minutes until the waffle can be lifted off with ease.
NEVER USE A METAL UTENSIL IN A NON-STICK APPLIANCE!
This is what I put in my Veggie Hash Browns:
Cooked and cooled whole Yukon Gold potatoes, shredded with a flat metal grater into a bowl…
I gently mixed in:
Spinach, finely chopped
Carrots, finely chopped
Onion, finely chopped
Red/yellow/orange bell peppers, finely chopped
Paprika to taste
Garlic Powder to taste
Salt to taste
Here are the delicious oil-free waffles we made by Shane and Simple last week in our new waffle maker!
Check out the products and gadgets I like to use in my cooking and kitchen in my AMAZON SHOP!
Disclosure: Mrs. Plant makes use of Amazon.com affiliate links when they are available. These are products I have personally purchased and recommend based on my experience with them. Your use of these links for product purchases provides me with a commission which pays for the food and supplies I use to keep this website alive. However, your use of these links as a reader is not required.