If your waffle iron sits in the back of a cabinet somewhere only to be brought out on special occasions like holidays or brunch get-togethers, it might get more usage when you know you may be able to get more use out of it besides just cooking waffles — or bacon. There are plenty of other fun ideas for making food in this portable kitchen appliance. A waffle maker or iron, after all, is just a hot griddle with square indentations, so you can cook a variety of foods using it, they’ll just come out with a unique pattern.
For example, try using your waffle iron to make a checker-patterned quesadilla. Or, create zucchini fritters for something healthy and savory. You can even make a yummy dessert like brownies or cookies using your waffle maker. Or, as mentioned above, hashbrowns are a great option to fire up in the iron, right after you make your bacon to take advantage of the leftover grease.