Parmesan & Paprika Potato Waffles

When you have a waffle maker, everything looks like a waffle!’ So says a dear friend of mine and I reckon he’s not wrong.

It’s full steam ahead on the waffle wagon here at Kavey Eats and today it’s the turn of the humble potato. Our first experiment with potato waffles used mash potato mixed with egg, a little flour, a little cheese and seasoning. The idea worked pretty well but the waffles were a bit of a faff to make, a little bland and they didn’t crisp up as we’d hoped.

So my next thought was to try the potato rösti route. I recently had great success in adapting potato rösti into a pizza base, so I was hopeful it would make a great waffle.

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For our first attempt we completely winged it, guestimating quantities and method by eye, and assuming we’d need to tweak the recipe at least once or twice before it was ready to share. But we totally nailed it on the first attempt and I’m urging you to make these for yourself and tell us what you think!

You need just three core ingredients plus a little oil to create these crispy-surfaced, gooey-centred waffles with a gentle smoky flavour and heat from the paprika.

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Parmesan & Paprika Potato Waffles

Makes 4 waffles in the Smart Waffle maker

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 waffles


  • 500 g raw potato , grated
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 100 g parmesan cheese , finely grated
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Recipe Notes

I used La Chinata smoked paprika which has a wonderful flavour and a nice kick of heat.
Vegetarians should substitute the parmesan for a similar hard cheese made using vegetarian rennet.


  • Preheat the waffle maker.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil through the grated potato and microwave until soft; 3-4 minutes.

  • Mix the paprika through the grated cheese and then add to the cooked potato.

  • Mix well to distribute cheese throughout the mix.

  • Spoon a quarter of the mix into each side of the waffle maker and close, and leave to cook for about 5 minutes.

  • Remove and set aside on a hot dish or in a very low temperature oven for a few minutes until all the waffles are ready.

  • Repeat with second half of the mixture.

  • Serve hot and crisp!

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41 Comments to "Parmesan & Paprika Potato Waffles"

  1. Sarah Maison Cupcake

    These look fab! I have the same machine and had it out just yesterday. I keep meaning to experiment putting other things in it other than waffle batter!


    We went a bit waffle mad at first, but we’ve settled down a bit now. Of course, seeing this post go live on my blog today (I wrote it just before my Japan trip) made us both crave waffles so Pete made some for lunch! A different recipe, not this one!

  2. Mamta Gupta

    Look yummy! May be I should get a waffle maker, may be not :), will I use it enough? May be Kavey will make them for me 🙂


    I can bring mine with me next time we visit you if you like and make you some?

  3. kaveyeats

    We do that too! Well, figuratively speaking or my shoulder would hurt too much! It doesn’t happen often, usually I need to tweak and tweak before I’m happy enough to share, but with the waffle recipes, we’ve been really nailing them!

  4. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    I love the idea of adding parmesan to potato waffles – when has adding cheese to something ever NOT improved it?! You really can’t go wrong with potatoes and cheese 🙂

  5. Sarah

    I have been wanting to try putting potatoes into my waffle maker! I love the addition of paprika and and parmesan, too. I know one item on my breakfast menu this weekend!

  6. Jill

    Looks like a waffle maker is the thing for hash browns. I love how crispy and browned these are on the outside!

  7. kaveyeats

    Nothing like potato that’s crisp on outside and gooey inside!

  8. Renz

    Loved that you added some paprika. Think smoked paprika here would be amazing. Love the idea of doing it quickly in the microwave too. Never thought of that.


    I love our microwave, it’s such a useful kitchen tool, one to make good use of here. And love paprika, glad you like too!

  9. kristen

    I am planning on trying this- this weekend when I am up in Chicago for mother’s day. Do you oil the waffle iron first?


    We don’t, but ours is fairly new and super non-stick, plus there’s some oil in the mix. However if yours is not as non-stick, you could certainly use a thin spray of oil beforehand.

  10. Camilla

    These look really tasty and crispy Kavey, I have to admit that I have never made anything bar ordinary waffles in my waffle iron so must get more adventurous!


    These potato waffles work so well in a waffle maker, Camilla, do give them a go!

  11. Mim

    Those look delicious! as I don’t have a waffle maker, do you think they’d work in a cast-iron frying pan?


    I’ve not tried it but I’d give it a go. Maybe use a heavy weight spatula or another small pan upside down to give a bit of weight on top?

  12. Janice

    When my elder son was little he practically lived off potato waffles! These look great and I love that you do the guesstimating thing, me too! Love the waffles with bacon and egg, totally yum.


    Always guestimate at first but usually need to adjust a little before it comes together, these were just so good I stuck with the same recipe! Thank you!

  13. Sammie

    How many levels of yum are in these potato waffles – fantastic Kavey. I’ve pinned so I don’t lose the recipe. It’s always a fab feeling when you nail a recipe straight off. X

  14. Alison

    Very interested in this. Normal waffles are so calorific and never as good as you think they will be (my favourite are cheese and potato). How fortunate I have the waffle maker out at the moment! Interested to see how well the potato cooks – it’s hash browns in a waffle maker really. Already thinking about additional ingredients – onion etc!


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