Potato Waffle Sandwiches with Herbed Tofu Cream

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In this inventive twist on breakfast for dinner, a seasoned mix of shredded potatoes and rice flour transforms into tender-crisp waffles that are used as the base for sandwiches packed full of fresh veggies. The Herbed Tofu Cream spread comes together quickly in a food processor and adds a delicious zesty flavor that will have you licking your fingers after the last bite. 

Tip: If you want to shorten your shopping list for the Herbed Tofu Cream, omit the fresh thyme, oregano, and sage and use an additional 2 tablespoons each of scallions and chives.

By Darshana Thacker Wendel,


  • 1 12 oz. package soft silken tofu
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup fresh chives
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, coarsely grated (8 cups)
  • ½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • ½ cup unsweetened, unflavored plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon regular or sodium-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 to 8 leaves romaine lettuce
  • Hot sauce (optional)


  • For Herbed Tofu Cream, in a food processor combine tofu, scallions, chives, parsley, 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice, thyme, oregano, sage, and garlic. Process until smooth. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
  • Preheat waffle maker according to manufacturer’s directions, using medium setting if available.
  • Place grated potatoes in a fine-mesh sieve; rinse with cold water. Drain well. Return potatoes to the bowl. Add the next seven ingredients (through pepper) and the remaining 2 Tbsp. lemon juice. Mix well.
  • To bake waffles, spoon ½ cup of the potato mixture into the waffle maker, spreading to 4 inches in diameter. Close lid; bake for 6 minutes. If the lid lifts easily after 6 minutes, the waffle is ready. If not, cook 30 seconds more. Using a wooden chopstick or silicone spatula, remove the waffle and place on a wire rack. (If desired, place in a 250°F oven to keep warm.) Repeat with the remaining potato mixture.
  • Spread Herbed Tofu Cream on four of the waffles. Top with sliced tomato, romaine, hot sauce (if desired), and the remaining four waffles.

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No need to oil the waffle iron. As a matter of fact that in the end makes everything stick. I use the Cuisinart and have never sprayed or oiled it, and my waffles including these potato waffles never stick. This recipe is def one of our favs. I make a double batch and freeze. Be sure to fully mix the ingredients this helps them stay together before and after cooking.


My husband made me these for breakfast to surprise me and they were very tasty! He doesn’t cook much but the dish turned out great, sauce was not over powering but yummy. I would be careful not to burn potato waffles though. Oil waffle maker very well to prevent potato sticking and know that depending on your waffle maker the cooking time will vary, so check potatoes halt way though to see what time adjustment you need to make to make sure that potatoes cook though but don’t burn. We will make again for sure. Thank you!


The potato waffles are delish ~ on their own they're somewhat like hashbrowns. I had to go 9 mins on medium with my waffle iron. The herbed cream is somewhat chalky due to the silken tofu ~ I might try a cashew cream instead next time. Avocado might be a nice serving addition.

Carolyn Vought

We love Forks Over Knives, but this was awful. Picture was very misleading from actual results. You would need to use some kind of oil in order to end up with potatoes looking like that. Everything was bland and no amount of hot sauce could save it. Been vegan over 8 years and tried all kinds of recipes, this one was not good.


waffles irons vary so much! we have one that takes 90 seconds to make a Belgian waffle and have used another that takes over 6 minutes, so it might be nice to have more details about how to tell how long it might take (maybe compare to usual/normal waffle?). Also a version using frozen hash browns would help since its so labor-intensive.


Been cooking plant based for years. If a recipe is posted for people to make, with the cost of food these days, it should have detailed instructions and responses to questions available. This tasted awful and the potato waffles barely held together. Fortunately I waited to make the tofu cream sauce because I will be unable to use it as a sandwich, unless I get creative and make it a pot waffle bowl. After tasting the waffles though, I'm hesitant to make the tofu cream.


Wow the photo in this recipe is very misleading. I cooked mine almost 7 minutes and it wasn’t even close to looking like this nor did it have the texture that this photo shows very disappointing.

Rochelle Krieghoff

Could you let me know the nutritional value? I am tracking my macros and this would help greatly. Thank you FOK!

Rainey Fox

Just made this dish for my family at a cabin gathering for Thanksgiving as the photo looked divine. I forgot the waffle maker, and had to use italian bread crumbs instead of whole wheat, and didnt have any fresh herbs except parsley and it still turned out fantastic. I put a special hot sauce on it from Sunny Point Cafe in Asheville NC and it added the perfect touch.


This is one of our favorite breakfast waffles. We add a small piece of non dairy cheese and a few slices of fresh avocado. We freeze extras and don't like to run out.


Would it work if I made this with sweet potatoes and almond flour or silly am husk? I’m a T1 diabetic and try to eat lower G.I. foods. Thank you so much

Susan Heiser

Sound great. Can the waffles be frozen?


Can these be frozen Shan


This recipe is soooo yummmy! I had about half the herbs fresh and the other half dry (since I didn’t have them fresh). I followed the instructions as is and once I grated the potatoes, the rest followed easy enough. I was SUPER hungry when I made this and I’ve never grated potatoes so fast lol. I really enjoyed the seasoning on both the potatoes and the waffles. I like them extra toasty so I cooked them for about 8-9 minutes each. On the first two waffles I made the mistake of spreading the half cup of potatoes in the waffle maker, which meant they did not compress enough for me to take out neatly once they were done. For the following waffles, I spread the potato batter lightly in each direction (as a circle) and used the waffle maker to compress it. They came out much better. I also had to lightly spray the waffle maker to keep them from sticking but I have to do that every time anyways. I have a hand me down waffle maker. Highly recommend you try! Potatoes at their crispy Best ^.^


Personally I was always told, not to rinse the starch from potatoes if you want them to stick together as in grated potato mini rosti. Did these in a dry fry pan. Worked fine. I don't own a waffle maker. It's quite a lot of work but a nice Sunday brunch.

Laura J

Large, Belgian and deeper waffle irons may stick. Try the cheapie thin ones - they are perfect. I put my shredded potatoes in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes prior to mixing into “batter”. Six minutes worked great and everyone loved it. That said, 6 minutes each for 7 waffles, plus a 15 minute pre baking time, meant it was a long time before we could eat.


Very flavorful potato waffle batter. We had a horrible time making the waffles because they stuck to the waffle iron. What worked for you to prevent this from happening?


This was so good. I’m not a fan of messy food, so we ate these as two open faced sammiches, with a knife and fork. Flavors and textures were great.


Can I sub almond flour for brown rice?

Marcia Erickson

Has anyone tried this with a Belgian waffle maker?


Tam, if you read this, would you please share with us what brand of waffle maker you have. This was a massive amount of work and then the potatoes just would not come together to make a waffle - or anything but a mess. I am determined to get this to work as I think it is a fabulous idea. But it starts with finding the correct waffle maker!

Will J. Wright

This worked out great but with my own personal modifications! I'm not a tofu fan so I used Hellman's vegan mayonnaise and Kikkoman wasabi sauce over grilled portobello mushrooms as the main flavor base. The portobellos, once browned, were sauteed with onion, parsley and low sodium Kikkoman soy sauce. Then placed over a bed of butter lettuce and locally grown organic tomatoes. I cooked for just two people so I "guestimated" the waffle recipe amounts down to 3 and 1/2 cups of shredded potatoes as opposed to 8 cups. The rest of the ingredients were scaled back accordingly. The waffle took twenty minutes to get crisp and crunchy but OH BOY was it perfect and delicious! This recipe takes time, it's a performance, so prepare it when you want to do something special, either for yourself or others.


What is the FOK favorite waffle maker/baker?


For those having trouble with the “waffles” sticking, I find there are a couple of things to pay close attention to in the recipe for success. First, wash the potatoes until the water runs clear to remove all the starch. Dry them well (I dump them on a tea towel). Do NOT open the waffle iron until there is no steam coming out no matter how long it takes! If you open too soon, they will stick.That’s what works for me. I hope it helps others.


What can I use instead of brown rice flour? I have lots of diff flours but not that.

Steven, FOK Support

Hi Lauren, please see our whole grain flour guide for inspiration and guidance for other options! https://www.forksoverknives.com/how-tos/types-whole-grain-flour-guide-whole-wheat-flours/


First of all, this too way too much time. The waffles took ages to cook and there is no way I could make a sandwich. I made them open faced. however the flavor was great.


Must be your waffle iron. Mine took less then the required time and turned out brown and crispy.


It was a unique and delicious take on a sandwich! Very summery. We made a different sauce, our home favorite, and topped the waffles with lettuce, tomato, zucchini shavings, red onion and sunflower sprouts. Enjoyed it immensely :)


This took a lot of work to prep. The herbs and spices were off both in the potatoes and tofu cream sauce. Could not get potato waffles to stick together on griddle. Had to peel them off in a mass of potatoes from both sides they ended up as a clump of shredded potatoes on the plate. Would not recommend for the amount of work involved either


Hello. How long does herbed tofu cream keep? Thanks

Steven, FOK Support

With proper storage, Chloe, we would say 5-7 days (though we generally recommend serving/enjoying fresh, or shortly after making it).

Jasmine Erickson

What gluten-free item could I use instead of breadcrumbs?


You can make ure own gluten free breadcrumbs by drying out gluten free bread, then blitzing it. Works the same. You can buy gluten free breadcrumbs too :o)


Could you use the frozen pre shredded and thaw??

Candice C

I was wonder the same. I think so. It’s definitely worth a try!


That’s what I’m doing tommorrow. ❤️

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.
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