When I saw this recipe at Joy the Baker, it reminded me lot of Llampingachos, which I love, but made in a waffle iron. These are a bit easier since you don't have to shape them into patties with cheese in the middle. We had Oaxaca cheese, so I used that and I also used green onion instead of chives. Next time I'll cook them just a little longer for a crisper waffle. We loved them the day I made them and the next day, and I wished I had made more so we could keep eating them.
Mashed Potato, Cheese and Chive Waffles
4 T. unsalted butter
1/4 c. buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 c. mashed potatoes
3 T. chopped chives
1/2 c. allpurpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. fresh ground black pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low
heat. As the butter melts it will begin to crackle and
pop. Continue to cook the butter until the crackling
subsides and the butter begins to brown a bit. The
butter will smell nutty. Immediately transfer the
browned butter into a medium bowl. Whisk in
buttermilk and eggs until thoroughly combined. Add
the mashed potatoes and 2 tablespoons chives and
gently stir to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder,
baking soda, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add the
dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Use a spoon
to mix until all of the flour is thoroughly combined.
Try not to overmix the batter. Just stir it until the
flour is combined.
Heat a waffle iron and grease if necessary.
Dollop batter (about 1/4 cup per waffle) into the
waffle iron. Cook until golden on each side. The
amount of time depends on your waffle iron. Remove
waffles from the iron and place on a cooling rack to
rest. The cooling rack will keep the waffles from
getting soggy on the bottom as they cool.
Just before serving the waffles, turn oven to the
broiler setting. Place waffles on a baking sheet and
top with cheddar cheese. Place waffles under the
broiler until cheese is melted, about 30 seconds to 1
minute. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with
remaining chives and serve warm.