Potaffle {Potato Pancakes “Waffled”}

August 26, 2014  |  Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Easy, Savory

I’m just going to stop qualifying my breakfast posts here. I love all things breakfast and that’s just that.  I am a little picky when it comes to potatoes, but potato pancakes are something I love, especially when they aren’t deep or pan fried.

Potaffle from Real Food by Dad

That’s right, I skipped the frying for a waffle iron—less fat and way better tasting. And way more fun to name. Speaking of fun names and waffling. If you like these, you’ll love these Frittaffles—frittata + waffle. These start like any other potato pancake, the only difference is the finishing effect. Instead of throwing these in a pool of oil, I pulled out the waffle iron. If you are wondering if the same golden crunchy crust can be achieved—yes, it can. Now I’m not going to claim these are low fat, but they definitely have a few less calories. And hey, way less of a mess to clean-up, so I’m all for that.

Potaffle via Real Food by Dad

If you decide to waffle your potato pancakes like I do, keep in mind they won’t brown as evenly, but the lower fat and less mess is a good trade off to me!

Want to really send these over the top? Serve them over asparagus with a fried egg.

Potaffle with Real Food by Dad



Potaffle from Real Food by Dad

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  • Yield: 6-8 Servings

I'm just going to stop qualifying my breakfast posts here. I love all things breakfast and that's just that.  I am a little picky …


  • 4 cups cold mash potato
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons diced red peppers
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preparation: Heat waffle iron and cover with oil. Place four tablespoons of flour onto a pie pan or a shallow plate. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Use an ice cream scooper to dump potato pancake onto plate with flour. Flatten scoop into a round disc. Place potato pancake into a waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

  • Tutti Dolci

    I love that you waffled these pancakes! My brother just got married and loves waffles, so I’ve been sending him all your creations to try in his new waffle iron! :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Ha! So cool, love hearing that Laura. Thanks so much!

  • [email protected]

    Okay so these look completely addicting!!! Bet ya can’t eat just one!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Impossible to eat just one, thanks Deborah!

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    These look amazing. I love potato pancakes but I can’t ever get them right. I’m sure adding these to the waffle iron makes them foolproof. Thanks, Matt!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I’m addicted to waffling lately Bri! :)

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    Waffles>pancakes. Fact. Esp. when we’re talkin’ potatoes! Yeah these look AMAZING

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Totally agree! Thanks Kayle

  • http://www.closetcooking.com/ Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    What a fun idea! I so need a waffle maker! :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      YOU would be the king, Kevin, especially with your amazing food!

  • Liz Stark

    Potato pancakes are a classic favorite. LOVE that you turned them into waffle delights!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I get bored Liz! Thanks so much:)

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    I love all these waffle iron creations. These pancake waffles look so good!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Can you tell I get a little obsessed? Thanks Tieghan!

  • twopeasandtheirpod

    Love these!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Maria!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver}

    These are like my best friend’s latkes on crack! And yes, these are getting made ASAP!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      You always crack me up, thanks so much Megan!

  • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

    This is brilliant

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Jennifer!!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I love these. And I love breakfast — no need to justify anything! They are so perfectly crispy!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      And not fried:) Thanks Ashley!

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com/ Alice Choi

    Matt, if you changed your blog to “Real Breakfast Food by Dad” I don’t think we would mind. I don’t think we would mind at all with amazing recipes like this! I can’t believe I haven’t tried a potato waffle?! Brilliant. I love my waffle baker and need to try this! I love this!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Seriously Alice! I love breakfast, can you tell?! Thanks so much

  • http://www.bunsinmyoven.com Karly Campbell

    Is this real life?

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Ha! Thanks Karly!

  • http://omnivorescookbook.com/ Maggie Zhu

    Great way to eat potato! I like fried potato a lot and this will be a healthier option. The waffle maker makes a great char outside of the potato without frying it. Nice recipe!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Healthier and fun! Thanks Maggie!

  • Michelle Hershman

    Never get rid of your waffle iron. You should start a waffle cookbook. Seriously, amazing!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Love that idea, thanks Michelle!

  • http://itheecook.com/ ITheeCook

    I love using left over mashed potatoes for dishes like this. Awesome recipe!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Exactly Rina, thanks!

  • John Barrie

    This is one of those “how the hell did I not already think of that” moments.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much John!

  • http://addalittle.wordpress.com Millie l Add A Little

    Yum! Totally comfort food at it’s best!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Millie!

  • Jessica @AHappyFoodDance

    You’ve inspired me to pull out my waffle iron this weekend, and that’s saying a lot! These look so amazing!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      So great to hear, let me know what you come up with Jessica!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    What a creative idea — best mashed potato recipe ever! I love your breakfast-y recipes, Matt — bring ’em on!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Marcie!

  • Paula

    I’m the same way, Matt. I love breakfast and these Potaffles look tasty. I’m glad you can’t hear me try to say ‘potaffle’ too!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Paula! My 7 year old loves saying it for some reason.

  • julieseatsandtreats

    Love that you got the “crunchy” factor from a waflle iron! They look delicious!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      My favorite part, thanks Julie!

  • http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/ Amy | Club Narwhal

    Matt, you’re killing me here! These potaffles look like the best thing that happened to waffles, ever. Also, you may have singlehandedly convinced me to get a waffle iron :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      You NEED one Amy, so fun!

  • http://www.reciperunner.com/ Danae | Recipe Runner

    These are so awesome Matt and I love the name! Way easier than messing with all that frying!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      And healthier too! Thanks Danae:)

  • Mike @TheIronYou

    After the frittafle, the potaffle…man you make the most creative things ever with your waffle maker. Great job!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I’m a little obsessed with it but it’s so much fun! Thanks Mike!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    These + a runny egg = OHMYYES.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I agree Stephanie, thank you!

  • azestybite

    Everyone needs to jump on the pottafle bandwagon. These things are great.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Meagan!

  • http://www.eatgood4life.com/ Miryam Quinn Doblas

    No way, did you make up the name for this recipe? It is genius…my kids love potatoes and waffles. They would totally devour these. They would think is the coolest invention ever!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I did, kinda like the Frittaffle. So fun and the boys gobbled them up. Thanks Miryam!

  • http://simplyhappenstance.com Simply Happenstance

    Looks amazing! I bet the kids would dig these and the name is FAB! Can’t wait to try!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Nicole and Sara!

  • http://www.theperfectionist.co.uk Natasha

    I’m in heaven. These are just the excuse I need to finally buy a waffe iron.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      You need to get one Natasha, seriously so fun!

  • grandbabycakes

    Wow you are just amazing!!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thank you Jocelyn!

  • http://www.tasty-yummies.com/ Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    Why oh why have I not made potato waffles, yet? Seems a damn shame. I need to change this ASAP. This looks amazing Matt!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thank you Beth! I agree, you need to make them:)

  • http://runninsrilankan.com/ Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    Oh heavens – Matt – these are BRILLIANT!!! A potato pancake with the added crunch of a waffle – BRILLIANT!!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thank you so much Shashi!

  • Kate@Diethood

    I absolutely LOVE your breakfast ideas! I would eat soooo many of these!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Kate!

  • http://www.lacuisinehelene.com La Cuisine d’Helene

    Love the brilliant name of this recipe Matt. We can eat breakfast at any time of the day. These would be satisfying for my two sons. We don’t really fry anything here and I would not get rid of my waffle maker. Can’t wait to try this recipe. :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I think your boys would love these Helene! I just got home from the gym and Cole was at the table eating one with a runny egg on top. I stole a bite immediately.

  • nicole (thespicetrain.com)

    Wow, that’s a really cool idea! And I’ve been wanting to give my waffle iron a workout, it’s been languishing in my cabinet for years…

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I hope you bust it out and try these Nicole, thanks so much!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    I suddenly need to get my waffle iron out. :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Yes you do Maggie!

  • http://neighborfoodblog.com/ Courtney @ Neighborfood

    Shut up. This is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. And I LOVE the name!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      That’s so cool, love hearing that! Thanks Courtney!

  • Beth @ bethcakes

    Reeeally loving all of your waffle creations! And with an egg on top!? Sounds like the perfect breakfast to me. :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      It really is such a great and easy breakfast, thanks Beth!

  • http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/ theviewfromGreatIsland

    You are an outside of the box thinker…love these!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Sue!

  • Katya @ Little Broken

    Loving all your breakfast recipes lately! I’m a huge breakfast person but always go for the simple stuff so this looks awesome to try!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      It actually is quite simple! Thanks so much Katya!

  • http://mysavoryspoon.blogspot.com/ cheri

    What a wonderful recipe, love that there is no flour in these.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thank you Cheri!

  • Jenn EatCakeForDinner

    What? You are a genius!! Pinned :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Ha! Thanks so much Jenn!

  • http://www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com Serena Bakes

    I love potato pancakes! It was all my Granddad new how to make so when my Granny was in the hospital he lived off of them for a few weeks! I’m pretty sure he appreciated her all the more when she came home! Pinned these bad boys for later!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Serena, have a great weekend!

  • Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Totally digging these! Love me some potato pancakes, but they’ve got to be crispy and these absolutely do!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I love the texture of these too, thanks Nicole!

  • http://www.kitchenkonfidence.com Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Matt, you are the waffle iron MASTER!! Another fun recipe.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Brandon!

  • http://www.brooklynfarmgirl.com/ Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    If I made these I can imagine the stampede to the kitchen. I cannot wait!

  • http://www.anecdotesandapples.com/ [email protected]

    These look so delicious. Just brilliant! I can’t wait to try. I will probably eat the whole batch!

  • Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

    This is amazing!!! I love potatoes how ever they’re made but this is just genius idea! I did made them similar but baked, but as a waffle wow! just wow!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Sandra! Have a great holiday weekend:)

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Oh my this is SO happening again Matt!! Love everything about them! And thanks for the fried egg tip :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Zainab! It is so good!

  • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

    You are on a role with creating treats that become waffled! Your recipe is a perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner dish! Yum, Take care, Terra

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Terra, hope you had a great holiday weekend!

  • Shared Appetite

    My mind is officially blown. I can just imagine a perfect runny yolk pouring over the edge of these bad boys. These are amazing Matt! Pinning!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks a ton Chris!

  • Marissa

    I’m cracking up that an Ore Ida tater tot ad popped up on your photo – I’d pick the Potaffle every time! :) Pure genius.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Did it really?? That is too funny. Thanks Marissa!

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  • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

    Oh, these look fun and delicious!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Ambrosia!

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  • Skippymom1

    We have been making these for a long time, but we add bacon instead of red pepper and regular onion, not green. Our youngest daughter just started throwing all kinds of things on the waffle iron and you’d be amazed at what you can cook. Your recipe is nicely done and I love the pics. I stink at taking pics of food. I think I will make these again in the morning. Thanks!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I have a blast using my waffle iron, can you tell?! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      • Skippymom1

        I haven’t read your blog, as I just found this on FB – but any man that loves breakfast is okay by me! :) And I can tell by the comments I better get reading because you *waffle* a lot of things. <3

        • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

          I do indeed! :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I am all for adding bacon to these, that sounds really good! Love that your daughter uses the waffle iron, so fun!

  • Bennie

    I’m a little late to the party, but I’m wondering if you need to flour both sides of the potato pancake after you dump it onto the plate with the flour? Thanks

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Hi Bennie, you need to dredge both sides of the potaffle in flour before putting it in the waffle iron. Thanks!

  • http://wildwildwhisk.com Trang

    Awesome name!!! This is a great breakfast alternative to the plain ol’ waffle, I gotta try this :) Thanks for sharing!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Let me know if you do, thanks Trang!

  • elyseorecchio

    I’d like to try this for Thanksgiving. Think it would work fine with sweet potatoes?

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t! If you do make it, please let me know how it turns out. Thanks so much.

      • elyseorecchio

        Hi! They turned out absolutely scrumptious, but i made the mistake of using quite creamy mashed sweet potatoes, so they kept falling apart in the waffle iron. Next time I will use mashed sweet potatoes that are more chunky and not buttery.

        I enjoyed having leftovers with an egg as you suggested!

        • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

          An egg on top always helps, right? We are all craving these again so it looks like I am making them again this week!

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  • elyseorecchio

    My 6 year old daughter asked for a youtube channel – here is her debut video making a version of your recipe!! Check it out!!


    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      My wife, boys and I just watched it, she did an awesome job. Made us all hungry for more potaffles. Thanks so much for sharing!

      • elyseorecchio

        You’re welcome! We were sure to credit you in the description. And by the way, if you leave a comment on her video it will mean the world to her! :)

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  • Nikki Cavanaugh

    These look yummy! But I have to tell you because I’ve seen this more than once here – “beatened” is not a word. It should be “1 egg, lightly beaten”.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad