Now I almost always have access to a full kitchen when skiing, but that wasn’t always the case. In the old days, bereft of funds, I started traveling with a lightweight waffle iron…and still do. Why? Because with a waffle iron all you need is a hotel room with a fridge to enjoy a full breakfast or light dinner, saving both time and money while requiring only one paper towel for clean up. Here are some ideas:
Waffle Iron Tater Tots: Just throw them on the waffle iron frozen or refrigerated until done. If frozen, add between the gaps after they cook for a while until they cover the surface. This isn’t as good as Swiss potatoes or hash browns, but it will do.
Waffle Iron Eggs: Pour in liquid eggs (no shells to get rid of in a hotel/motel room), sprinkle on cheese and any leftover veggies, close the waffle iron and cook until done. Yeah, the result is a little rubbery and will never make the cover of Bon Appetit, but it is still breakfast.
Waffled Bread: This is easy. Simply waffle those muffins that come in the cardboard tube (e.g., any Pillsbury biscuits on sale). You can use the waffled biscuits to make an egg sandwich.
Waffled Stuffing: This is my favorite waffle recipe, although you will have to hope a supermarket is selling stuffing unless you have a kitchen to make your own. Waffled stuffing can be used for breakfast or dinner at home when you can throw turkey, gravy and/or leftovers on top.
Waffles: This one is obvious. I like yeasted waffles with Vermont maple syrup best, but that or any other waffle recipe is never going to be made in a hotel room. Instead, use any pancake mix that simply uses water as the only added ingredient. Mix to the proper consistency in a large Zip Lock bag and waffle away. When done, top with artificial syrup in plastic containers “liberated” from the local IHOP.
Waffled Bacon: Don’t go there unless it is pre-cooked and even then it makes the waffle iron difficult to clean. Crumbling a little pre-cook bacon into a waffle iron omelet is OK, but otherwise there is too much grease to clean up.
Yeah, I’d rather use a full kitchen or eat out, although in the old days pre-kids that wasn’t always affordable or practical. I still take the same waffle iron with me on ski trips just because the kids like yeasted waffles, and because the leftovers (I always make double) can be frozen and popped into a toaster for an easy breakfast later in the week.
Anyone else have recipes to add?