Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Peach Diner Potato Waffles, guest author Kate Young + #Giveaway

A vacation on Peach Cove Island, GA is unforgettable. You’ll arrive on the island by ferry and before you hit one of the beautiful beaches, The Peach Diner is a must visit. The tinkling of the door signals your arrival to Marygene Brown and her staff. You’ll be greeted with southern hospitality and the aroma of all the food being fried, scattered, or smothered. Have a seat at one of the peach vinyl booths or at the counter. I recommend a glass of peach tea and a potato waffle. Marygene perfected the waffle recipe when her mama was alive. I must warn you though, there are rumors that her mama visits the island foretelling deaths at the diner and instructing Marygene to get involved. Some believe the tales other’s not so much. Just to be on the safe side, you might want to avoid the chocolate mango beer cake. It is to die for…. 

The Peach Diner Potato Waffles

This is Marygene’s ultimate comfort food. It doesn’t matter what she’s facing, a crispy, cheesy, potato waffle always lifts her spirits.

2 pounds yellow or red potatoes, shredded and squeezed dry
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus extra for garnish
¼ cup diced onion
¼ tsp garlic powder
1½ teaspoons Himalayan salt or sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon thyme
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ pound cooked and chopped bacon
¼ cup chopped chives for garnish

Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray, if required.

After you shred the potatoes, place in a strainer and sprinkle with a little salt and leave for five minutes. It helps to release the liquid in the potatoes. Use a dishtowel to squeeze dry.
Toss the potatoes with butter, onions, salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl until evenly coated.
Fold beaten eggs into the potato mixture.
Spoon some potato mixture onto the preheated waffle iron; cook until the potatoes are tender and golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes or until nicely browned. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture.

Garnish with crispy bacon, chives, and extra cheese. 


What’s your favorite comfort food? 
Leave a comment below, with your email address, for a chance to win an autographed print copy of Southern Sass and Killer Cravings. (U.S. and Canadian addresses; winner will be announced on Tues, June 4.)

Kate Young writes southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. 

Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.

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  1. I have never heard of a potato waffle but this certainly sounds good! Adding it to a list of things to try. The same goes for this series. I am not familiar with it -sorry!- but would love to win a book. Either way adding to my book list. Love cozies!
    As for my favorite comfort food, chocolate wins. Just a little can calm frayed nerves.

  2. This sounds really good - and like WAY more work than I want to do for a waffle! Call me lazy . . . and thanks for the chance to win.


  3. Your book sounds delightful and special. My comfort food is chicken soup with Challah. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Delectable and tempting recipe. Love to read your book which I would enjoy. Comfort food for me is a baguette with sliced tomatoes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. This sounds like a fun book, and that's a recipe I never thought of! Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Your book sounds very interesting and I’d honestly love to read it. Being a print book is great for me as I use a lighted magnifier so the print books are perfect. (So are books on CD and MP3)😉.

    I love a lot of foods but always think back to my youth when my Mom would whip up a soup with an onion soup base using small pieces of hamburger and lots of hand crushed peeled and seeded tomatoes along with small pasta. It’s like three foods in one! And so tasty and comforting. You can also add other veggies to make it a hearty vegetable beef soup!

    Thank you so much for considering me. I don’t leave email addresses etc since I had problems but I can be contacted via FB at Cynthia Bayer Blain. Congratulations on your release and wishing you all the best!


  7. Potatoes would have to be my comfort food. I love anything with potatoes, and this recipe seems easy enough for even me to make. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  8. Your potato waffles sound like a wonderfully tempting brunch dish. My favorite comfort foods are chili and mac and cheese. The cheese must be very flavorful in the dish.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  9. This is a winning recipe.
    Now about that "chocolate mango beer cake"? Where do we go for the recipe?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  10. Kate, the book sounds intriguing and the recipe seems worthy of digging out my mother's waffle iron to try! My family would go crazy for these waffles. Favorite comfort foods for me are anything with cheese, especially pasta, potatoes and bread. Oh, a some good dark chocolate is always comforting! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  11. I don't have a particular comfort food. I do love pizza but I think I gravitate to a pb&j sandwich or a bowl of cereal if I just need to relax. I'm easy. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  12. That waffle looks like an amazing meal! I'm definitely going to get out my waffle iron and give it a try.

  13. The waffle looks amazing. My favorite comfort food is a chewy fudge brownie with lots of icing. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  14. Mac 'n Cheese is my comfort go-to! Potato waffle goes on the To Try list.

  15. My comfort food is mashed potatoes. Thank you for the giveaway! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

  16. That looks amazing. My comfort food is fried chicken and mac and cheese.

  17. Wow! That looks and sounds delish! We'd fix it without the meat (we're vegetarian). It looks absolutely scrummy!
    Gerri Smith

  18. So going to try this recipe. Looks delicious! Our favorite was always Black Forest Cake. Mom had an old, original recipe and it took most of the day for her to make, so we didn't have it much and it was a special treat when we did.

  19. Grilled cheese is my go to comfort food.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  20. I have heard a lot about this book and would love to win it! My comfort food is mashed potatoes! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. New author for me. Cool. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  22. I love soups as a comfort food. In summer it would have to be a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream on top.
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

  23. Pancakes with bacon or sausage are a favorite of mine. Haven't had them in awhile, but your recipe looks like it could take its place. Jill. minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

  24. Taylor R. WilliamsJune 3, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Note to self - read carefully - thought there were peaches in the recipe - my favorite comfort food is spaghetti o's - my local grocery store now carries an organic version - so yummy. tr Williams 69 at msn dot com