Monday, August 2, 2010

Savory Potato Waffles a.k.a. Waffle Fries

It seems to be waffle week here at La Casa de Iris - or I should really say La Casa de Doug y Betsy since I'm gratefully living with my parents this summer. But either way, I've had waffles on the brain, as proven by my last post on how to make gluten-free waffles. Today is actually the first day all week that I haven't had a waffle, and I think I might have to remedy that now that I'm sitting here thinking about them.

These waffles are not your everyday breakfast waffle. Although they're a perfect side for scrambled eggs, you're more likely to add ketchup to these than maple syrup. To me, they taste like waffle fries. And before you ask what waffle fries are (because apparently they aren't as common as I thought), let me tell you. They're similar to french fries, but look like miniature waffles, and are usually loaded with beans, salsa, and melted cheese. If you're wondering if my waffles would also be good with beans, salsa, and melted cheese, I can tell you the answer is an emphatic yes. And yes, these are the waffles that messed up my no-dairy streak. I got right back on the wagon, but boy did that fall taste good.

As an aside, did you know that waffles fries have their own Facebook page? Yep. I found it when I was looking for a good description of waffle fries. I didn't find one, but I found out that there are 109, 373 people who like the Waffle Fries Facebook page. I thought I was doing well with 84 people liking The Daily Dietribe Facebook page, but apparently I am small potatoes (haha, yes I know that was bad) compared to waffle fries. However, french fries have us both beat with 628, 478 friends. Personally I like waffle fries better, but I can see how french fries would win this battle.


One more thing about these waffles before I stop chattering and let you get to the recipe. They go well with pretty much anything, would be delicious toasted and diced for breadcrumbs, and freeze wonderfully. In fact I think they actually taste better after being unfrozen and toasted so they're nice and crispy. They've even made me rethink past statements that I don't like potatoes that much. Apparently I love potatoes. Or at least potato flour.

Oh and in case you were wondering, the potato flour is definitely necessary for this recipe. You can use all potato starch instead of tapioca or all tapioca rather than potato starch. You can play around with the rice flour to cornmeal ratio or only use one of the two. But the potato flour is integral and the amount is important. More will give you a very chewy waffle; less won't give you enough potato flavor. 

Savory Potato Waffles a.k.a. Waffle Fries
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1/4 cup white rice flour/brown rice flour
1/2 cup cornmeal*
1/4 cup potato flour*
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg (optional)
2 cups water (plus more if needed)
1/2 cup soy milk (or your favorite milk alternative)
1 Tbsp. diced fresh dill

*The potato flour is the key ingredient in this recipe. You can try replacing the other flours, but it needs potato flour. I'm not sure how it would be with a cornmeal replacement, but I have a feeling it might taste good with almond flour.

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients.   
  3. Whisk all of the ingredients together until no longer lumpy. If it's still too thick, add more water until it reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Spoon evenly onto waffle iron and cook, in batches, according to the iron's instructions.
Serves 6 (2 squares each)


Maggie said...

You make waffle making look easy Iris! I've always been a little afraid. I guess I need to face my fear and get a waffle iron (an excuse to buy one!). Thanks for the recipe(s)!

Zoe @ Z's Cup of Tea said...

Well, I can certainly say I had no idea that there was a waffles Facebook page! I'm sure if we looked, we'd find that probably everything, or almost everything, has its own Facebook page.

As for the waffles, I'm really enjoying this series so far and like seeing what you're coming up with. Savoury waffles are not something you see everyday! Looking forward to those waffle fries you keep mentioning.

Sara said...

Now you have 85 :D

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Waffle fries are awfully tasty IMHO! I think I'm short one ingredient ... will have to remedy that situation. BTW, I think your popularity is about to expand exponentially due to your waffle recipes. ;-)

Last, thanks so much for your super kind words on Tia's adoption post ... much appreciated, my dear! :-)


Pure2raw twins said...

YUM! These waffle fries look great.

Aubree Cherie said...

Hey Iris,

Sorry I'm late at getting around to letting you know this, but I added this to my favorite top ten recipes from last week.

I seriously need to get a waffle maker...

~Aubree Cherie

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

This is like reason 350892039580 that I need a waffle maker. Any suggestion on a good one?

I'd like to make some kind of sandwich with these waffles, too. And I love potato flour, and all things potatoes, AND waffle fries. Mmm. What a fantastic recipe you've created!!

Anonymous said...

Hi - what is the difference between potato flour & potato starch please?. I can only get flour where I live. Would it matter if I used only the potato flour?
Thanks ladybird

Iris said...

Anonymous - Good question. Potato flour is used as a thickener in recipes. It gives this recipe the perfect potato flavor, so it's really integral. But potato starch could be replaced by using more tapioca starch or possibly cornstarch as well. I usually use tapioca and potato starch interchangeably. (Just don't replace the potato starch with more potato flour or you'll get a thick gob!)

Lil Bit and Mummy said...

How would you do it without the egg? Just omit or substitute?

Iris said...

Omit. :)

Ririchiyo Chama said...

Thank you for suggesting this recipe, I already saw it! ^_^ Can I ask, I don't have a waffle iron = w =; yes, I know I should buy one lol but until then can I make then like pancakes? Or is this a recipe that only works with a waffle iron?

Iris said...

Hi Ririchiyo, I'm trying to remember what the texture of the batter was. I say go ahead and try it like pancakes, or maybe more thin pancakes like crepes. Let us know if it works.


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