A Chowhound post had some surprising ideas on what your waffle maker can do besides gather dust. Lisa Lavery, kitchen editorial assistant for CHOW.com, reveals three of the best. See how you can use other common appliances in uncommon ways.
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You know that waffle iron you got a few years back, the one that's hanging out way back in some cupboard somewhere in your kitchen? Turns out you can make more than just waffles in there. Here's three new ways that you might not have thought of to use your waffle iron. Making hash browns on the stove can take forever. Just throw your shredded potatoes in the waffle iron and ten minutes later you'll have crispy, diner style hash browns with no flipping or spattering grease to clean up. Next up, French Toast Waffles, you get the best of both worlds. Custardy French Toast with plenty of crispy pockets to fill with melted butter and maple syrup. Craving a grilled cheese sandwich? Use your waffle iron. In just a few minutes you'll have a crispy, gooey, delicious grilled cheese sandwich. So dust off that waffle iron and put it to good use.