For my family’s Christmas celebration, I served a big brunch.  I wanted to experiment with making hash browns in my waffle iron.  Several Pinterest posters recommended using tater tots, so I decided to give it a go.  The day before the meal, I made the hash browns.  My first attempts were rather pitiful (CRAP ALERT!).  I should have crowded the tater tots closer together so they wouldn’t fall apart, and I should have cooked them a little longer to brown and crisp them up.  I found that it worked the best to center the tater tops in the waffle iron without filling up the whole iron.  In this case, smaller waffles were better.

I placed the waffles on a grate over a sheet pan, covered the pan with plastic wrap, and stored the waffles in the fridge.  The next morning, I discarded the plastic wrap and slid the sheet pan into a 250 degree oven.  The waffles didn’t need very long to heat back up, maybe 15-20 minutes, and they stayed relatively crispy.  Though the waffle iron was a greasy mess, my family ate every single one of the waffles.  I guess this technique is a keeper!

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