How To Majorly Upgrade A Frozen Waffle

When it comes to freezer aisle food, frozen waffles are long overdue for an upgrade. This commonly-overlooked breakfast staple has so many more potential uses than just something that's always smothered in butter and maple syrup. And while we're not knocking butter or maple syrup, waffles can actually be the base for a variety of sweet, savory, and spicy meals.

The Kitchn shared some fun and surprising toppings and flavor combinations to give new life to your frozen waffles. One suggestion is to top your waffles with tahini and a fruity jam of your choosing. Tahini is most popularly known as a key ingredient in hummus, but since it's made with toasted sesame seeds, it possesses a flavor that is nutty and a texture that is creamy. With a flavor and texture profile similar to peanut butter, combining tahini with jam makes for a slightly more sophisticated PB&J. It's a little sweet, a little earthy, and a departure from the usual. For even more of a spin, try a less common jam, jelly, or preserve such as guava, apricot, or red currant.

Waffles can be more than just sweet

Savory waffles are another great option for mixing up your waffle game. For a tasty lunch or dinner, The Kitchn suggests a frozen waffle that's toasted and topped with an egg, a drizzle of Sriracha, and some chopped cilantro. The sweetness of the waffle compliments the spicy zing of the hot sauce, and the cilantro adds a vibrant element. Plus, it's easy to modify the recipe based on how you like your eggs cooked or what your favorite hot sauce is. And no worries if you're vegan. With the increase in vegan egg substitutes cropping up in grocery stores, you'll surely be able to find one that will be perfect atop your waffle of choice.

One of the great things about experimenting with waffle toppings is that you can still use your preferred brand of waffles for any recipe. Some waffles will be sweeter or crisper than others, but regardless of which brand you choose, there's pretty much no limit to what you can whip up.