Let’s be honest: if your hotel buffet doesn’t have a waffle iron, it’s not really trying. Whether self-serve or manned by a chef in a tall paper hat, that waffle iron is a godsend if the other options are tiny boxes of cereal and a cantaloupe/honeydew/watermelon medley that was frozen for a decade until being thawed out last night.
You know what else is amazing? Tater tots. So what happens when you combine tater tots and a waffle iron? MAGIC.
Behold: the Waffle Iron Hash Brown, a miracle of modern technology:
This comes courtesy of Reddit user oPHILcial (Reddit comment thread here). Basically, take your tots, pop ’em in the waffle iron, then wait for the shape-shifting to begin. After a few minutes, those tater tots will transform into a latticed hash brown — I like to call them Tot Browns — complete with divets that are perfect for storing your topping of choice (cheese, ketchup, syrup — the choice is yours).
Will the tots taste any different as hash browns? No they won’t. Can you use your newly formed hash browns as a base for a Southern-inspired Eggs Benedict? Or as a substitute for bread in a breakfast sandwich? YES YOU CAN! SI SE PUEDE! That’s where the real magic of this Hotel Hack lies: what was once a pile of potato cylinders is now a full on sheet of spud goodness and the possibilities become so much greater when that happens.
Personally? I think I’d cover the whole thing in Hollandaise, then a layer of bacon under a thicker layer of shredded cheese (ask the omelet station to borrow some). Put the whole thing in the toaster (assuming it fits) and voila! You’ve got yourself the best darn breakfast pizza around.
What would you do with your Tot Browns?
It’s a big week for waffles on Fly&Dine. For yesterday’s waffle-related news, click here.