Sweet Potato Waffles (with Leftover Potatoes)

dsc_1552RECIPE #345, DAY #527

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ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Sweet Potato Waffles” from Alton Brown’s Good Eats archives at Food Network online*

TIMING: 20 minutes when starting with leftover sweet potatoes

DIFFICULTY: Medium

TOOLS: A waffle maker (or waffle iron)

COOK TYPE: Waffle maker or stovetop waffle iron

HEALTH: Sweet, refined grain breakfasts–although super common in America–are not the healthiest option. However, adding egg protein and vitamin-rich sweet potatoes are a plus. With a turkey sausage and some fresh-squeezed orange juice, you’ll be better off than with cereal or something.dsc_1553

EXPERIENCE: I knew I was going to use leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving for this recipe, since before Thanksgiving. Why? Because Alton Brown’s Instagram told me so. I thanked him for the idea, then looked up his recipe.

It turns out–as long-winded as some of his recipes can be–this one is pretty straight-forward and tastes very, very good.

NOTES: Our leftover sweet potatoes included some apples, cinnamon, maple syrup, and (small bit of) butter, among other things. (See recipe HERE.) If yours has nothing, you need to add 1/4 cup brown sugar.

If you are holding the waffles until you make all 4, then set them on a cooling rack. Otherwise, they will become soggy on the bottom as they steam cool.

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  1. Preheat your waffle maker.
  2. In a mixing bow, whisk together 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 1 1/2 cups leftover mashed sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon orange zest, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 1 cup milk. Set aside.
  3. Beat with a whisk 6 egg whites until stiff peaks form. A third at a time, fold gently into the batter.
  4. Scoop about 1 cup batter into your waffle maker. (It will vary, but the idea is to make 4 big waffles.) Close and cook until the waffle is browned and cooked through. Repeat for other waffles.

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Serve warm, with salted butter and maple syrup, as well as bacon and orange juice.

*Recipe changed from the original.

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