Ok, I know what you all are thinking…what in the world is going on with this recipe?!?! I am always on the hunt for new breakfast foods to make for my husband. He works very long shifts and a few years ago I decided to try and make him a hearty breakfast before work. The thing is about my husband is he hates scrambled eggs and very “eggy” things. He blames it on mono he had back in high school. Since then, the thought of scrambled eggs makes him a little sick to his stomach. With that in mind, I am pretty creative on my egg bakes and other breakfast foods I have made for him. I’m a huge fan of tater tots in the waffle maker. Not tried it? I suggest you do because it is delicious! I sort of think of it as a poor man’s easy potato pancake….err waffle. I serve it sometimes with a side of apple sauce, just like a normal potato pancake.
Back to the recipe…I was trying to think of a way I could make a sort of egg bake without that scrambled egg texture and I decided a loaded waffle with tater tots might work. This recipe was a complete experiment but it turned out awesome!!
I started it the night before by browning 1/2 pound of turkey sausage in a pan. Next, I spraying a small baking dish with cooking spray and cracked 6 eggs into the dish. I topped the eggs with the sausage, salt and pepper. (Go easy on the salt, sausage adds enough!)
I baked the eggs at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until the yolks were set in the middle.
I put them in the refrigerator that night and also place 1/2 bag of tater tots on a plate to thaw. The next morning I turned on my waffle maker.
Sorry, break in this blog. Let me rant about my waffle maker for a bit. For Christmas two years ago I asked for the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler. It’s a grill, griddle, panini press, and waffle maker (if you buy the waffle plates) in one! It might be one of my favorite kitchen appliances. I use almost every function of it all the time and it heats up so quickly!
The next morning I turned on my Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler with the waffle plates and sprayed it down with some cooking spray. I filled the bottom plate with tater tots (leave some space, they will squish down).
I topped the tots with the cooked eggs (cut in the rectangles) and a slice of cheese per egg. I did half pepperjack and half colby cheese.
Then I topped the egg and cheese with more tater tots.
I closed the lid and pressed down tight to press everything together.
I let it cook for 5 minutes until the tater tots were crispy.
Using a spatula, I carefully removed the Tater Tot, Egg, & Sausage Waffle and placed it on a plate.
Hubby raved and raved at how good this breakfast was! Overall, it was a super easy breakfast to make in the morning. I am always a slow to wake up person, so making this hot, tasty meal in less than 10 minutes in the morning was a win for me! Hope you enjoy!
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 breakfast sausage
- 20 oz Tater Tots (thawed)
- Sliced Cheese
- Salt & Pepper
- Brown sausage in pan.
- Grease small baking container. Crack eggs into container. Sprinkle with bulk sausage, salt, and pepper. Cover with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until yolks are set.
- Layer frozen tater tots on large plate.
- Cut cooled eggs into rectangles or squares.
- Place cooked eggs & tater tots in refrigerator overnight.
- Heat waffle maker so it is hot.
- Spray waffle maker with cooking spray.
- Fill bottom plate with tater tots (leave some space, they will squish down).
- Top the tots with the cooked eggs (cut in the rectangles) and a slice of cheese.
- Top the egg and cheese with more tater tots.
- Close waffle maker lid and pressed down tight to press everything together.
- Cook for 5 minutes until the tater tots are crispy.
- Using a spatula, carefully removed the Tater Tot, Egg, & Sausage Waffle and placed it on a plate.
- If you have problem getting the tater tots to come out of the waffle maker, you can add two layers of cheese. One before the eggs and one after the eggs. It will allow the tater tots to stick more together.