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33 Other Ways to Use Single-Use Kitchen Appliances

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Waffle Irons

Recipe: Waffle Calzones


  • Pizza dough at room temperature
  • 3 cups pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Any desired toppings (note: simple is best, and overloading a calzone can lead to disaster!)

1. Preheat waffle maker to its highest heat.
2. Roll out pizza dough as thinly as possible. Separate into 8 inch rounds. Spread pizza sauce evenly onto dough, keeping about 1/2 an inch sauce-free around the edge. Place toppings (don’t over load it!) over sauce, and then sprinkle cheese over toppings. Rub water along the sauce-free edge with your finger. Fold in half, and carefully crimp the edges of the dough.
3. Carefully place calzone in the waffle maker. Gently shut the lid, but don’t press down or apply any pressure. Cook until the crust is golden brown. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes before eating.

Recipe Adapted from: Rachel Ray

Other Ideas for Waffle Irons:

  • Paninis
  • Quesadillas
  • French Toast
  • Falafel
  • Hash Browns
  • Latkes

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:11AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Amiable articles and the blogs really helped me a lot, thanks for the valuable information.
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12:45AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

some of those are great ideas, but i try to avoid such luxurious 1 use products! saying that, i do have a pressure cooker which doubles up as the most biggest heavy bottomed saucepan i have to make jam in! and i have a juicer which has a smoothie maker with it and i use that for soups. i also have a george foreman and use that for anything that could be grilled, from freezer stuff to bagels! you can never have to many knives or chopping implements though!

4:19PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Good Ideas to howto reuse applinces.thx

3:27PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

we rec'd a waffle iron as a wedding gift. it turned out to be too messy to use often. i guess we can try to make paninis. the bread machine and rice cookers should come with recipe booklets that let you know of other things you can make. i can't comment on the other items.

3:10PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


12:11AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

panini in a waffle iron = brilliant!


11:57PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

(Trying to cram in my points before midnight. No time for thoughtful comment, so...)

Good to know!

11:17AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

using hot oil in a fondue and serving dishes of cubed steak, allows each person to cook each mouthful of steak to their own preferred level,, its a quick way to give everyone their perfect steak and its very social

10:54AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012


9:55PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

When we replaced our rice cooker we got one with a basket for steaming and a special setting for risotto! I love it!

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