Vegetarian Baked Potato Waffles With Coconut Bacon

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A comfort food recipe feels appropriate for the first day of fall, no? We spent this past weekend visiting eating our way through Chicago and it felt so good to be back in the windy city. I spent a lot of time wandering the streets of Wicker Park in high school (since I grew up in the suburbs) but we don’t really find time to go up there much now that it’s much farther away.

While visiting, I found myself walking into every bakery we passed and ended up stumbling into an amazing diner / bakery over by Permanent Records while we were waiting for our dinner reservations to be ready. I only devoured a little french toast cakeball (which was, no surprise, A-MAZ-ING) but I glanced through their entire menu while we sat around waiting. Beside there being breakfast bahn mi sandwiches and an Elvis brunch platter, there was a mention of baked potato waffles that stuck with me for the next few days. I have no idea of how they serve theirs but this recipe is how I imagined the vegetarian version of it when reading the menu.

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To make my version vegetarian, I used all the traditional loaded potato ingredients except I used coconut bacon for the meat. I won’t preach too much about coconut bacon because it’s been done before but DAYUUUMM. I’m so beyond addicted to this stuff! I had already ate half of it by the time I got around to shooting these photos. Serious hats off to whoever came up with such a genius idea!

I recommend making the waffles about half the size of what you usually do for waffles since they are a bit more fragile and tend to fall apart more easily. These waffles can also be easily whipped up with any leftover mashed potatoes you have on hand! Enjoy as is for a delicious vegetarian meal or swap in the usual suspects (earth balance for butter, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese) to make vegan.

Vegetarian Baked Potato Waffles With Coconut Bacon recipe below:

Vegetarian Baked Potato Waffles With Coconut Bacon Vegetarian Baked Potato Waffles With Coconut Bacon

Vegetarian Baked Potato Waffles With Coconut Bacon
A vegan twist on a baked potato with coconut bacon and potato waffles.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
Ingredients
  • 8 wax potatoes , rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon butter + more for greasing the waffle iron
  • 1/2 cup sour cream + more for topping
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese , shredded
  • salt
  • pepper
For the coconut bacon:
  • 1 cup large coconut flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • Chives , diced & for garnish
Instructions
  1. For the waffles: Preheat oven to 425. Poke the potatoes all over with a fork and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife can easily pierce through the potatoes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  2. Use a fork or mash potato smasher to mash the potatoes into little bits (I like mine chunky but you can mash them even further into mashed potato consistency, if you’d prefer). Fold in sour cream, cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper.
  3. Preheat your waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and grease with butter. Turn the waffle iron to it’s highest setting (potatoes tend to take a little longer than your normal waffle!). Once the waffle iron is ready, use 2 Tablespoons worth of batters for each waffle and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once ready, set aside and cover with a paper towel to keep warm.
  4. For the coconut bacon: preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the liquid smoke, soy sauce, and maple syrup in a bowl. Fold the coconut flakes into the smoke mixture until they are completely coated with the sauce. Transfer to the baking sheet and spread out onto a single layer. Baked for 20 minutes, shaking and stirring the flakes every 3-5 minutes to prevent from burning (do it more frequently towards the end as they are very prone to burning right before ready).
  5. To serve: top each waffle with a dollop of sour cream, a tablespoon coconut bacon, and chives.

 

Vegetarian Baked Potato Waffles With Coconut Bacon

Shellywest

Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.

September 14, 2015

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14 Comments

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    aspoonfulofnature

    September 24, 2015

    yummy!! need to try this 😀

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    Erica

    September 24, 2015

    You take some of the best photos. Baked potato waffles sound so perfect!

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    genevieve y

    September 24, 2015

    I just visited San Francisco and did the exact same thing with bakeries. I couldn’t move after my trip but it was so worth it. I recently visited Chicago, too, and yep, there was much eating to be done. I haven’t had breakfast yet and am absolutely craving these waffles now, except I don’t have any of these ingredients! Bummer. Maybe a project for tomorrow… 😉

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    Warm Vanilla Sugar

    September 24, 2015

    Total comfort food right here! Those waffles alone are calling my name, but I love the coconut addition!

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    Sydney | Modern Granola

    September 24, 2015

    This looks amazing! I love the idea of waffle-izing potatoes. Genius!

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      Shellywest

      September 24, 2015

      It’s actually how I always make hashbrowns too since mine always come out soggy if I make them in a pan but the waffle iron always crisps them right up!

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    Considering The Radish

    September 24, 2015

    This combines two of my favorite things- baked potatoes and waffles. And coconut bacon is the only way that I like to eat flaked coconut.

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    Mariela

    September 24, 2015

    Coconut bacon?! (mic drop!) This looks amazing.

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    September 24, 2015

    Totally walking to the market this afternoon for a bag of potatoes because WHY HAVEN’T THESE BEEN IN MY LIFE. Thank you <3

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    Sophie | The Green Life

    September 24, 2015

    Ha I think I went to the exact same diner/bakery when I was in Chicago last winter. My boyfriend order the Elvis platter (Omg, it was so decadent-but-delicious). These potato waffles are such a great idea. And I love that you topped them with coconut bacon. Such a winner combo. I have to try this!

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    Ceylon Pure

    June 22, 2016

    Super dish using coconut flakes. Thanks for this post!

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