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Takoyaki isn’t the only delicious thing you can cook in a takoyaki grill

By grape Japan

Takoyaki, or octopus dumplings, are quite the foodie favorite in Japan. The tasty fritters are filled with diced octopus, pickled ginger, green onion, and tempura bits, and then usually slathered in a tangy takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, and sprinkled with dried bonito shavings (that seem to dance when the takoyaki is served hot) and green laver.

While a popular food stall snack at festivals, it's also quite fun to make at home parties with the help of a takoyaki grill. Takoyaki grills are cast-iron griddles with small spherical molds that can quickly cook up a dumpling after you pour in the ingredients and continue to rotate them.

Metako (@metakobot) found a different use for a takoyaki griddle that's been making mouths water on Twitter, it seems.

Whether you're stuck with a grill and no takoyaki ingredients because you simply ran out or aren't a fan of saucy octopus dumplings, Metako has a "genius" solution they whipped up on a whim--quick and delicious grilled burger bites.

Whether covered with a fancy demi-glace or topped with melted cheese, hamburger steak (hambagu) is a popular dish in Japan at home, diners, and especially in children's bento boxes. Metako noticed that the size of the molds in a takoyaki grill were perfect for packing the hamburger steak meat into, and making bite-sized hamburger balls. The size also made it easier to quickly and evenly cook through each ball, as opposed to preparing a whole hamburger steak in a frying pan. If you'll notice, Metako also stuffed each one with cheese for a gooey and tasty filling!

While it's hard to say no to one of western Japan's favorite comfort foods, if you get your hands on a takoyaki grill, don't forget the delicious meaty treats you can make as well.

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The grill works perfectly for Escargots à la Bourguignonne. Just pop the grill into the oven instead of using the heating element.

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Metako (@metakobot) found a different use for a takoyaki griddle

Sorry Metako didn't find this it is not new we have been doing it for more than 20 years. On another note you should try pancake mix for a desert add fruit in the middle or pour olive oil and garlic into each spherical mold and put in prawns on a stick to cook them scallops, octopus, squid, all work well even tried cheese covered in tempura mix. Lots more uses.

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I make donuts in my takoyaki grill.

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Rocky Mountain oysters.

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Yorkshire pudding.

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I had fried egg on toast for breakfast

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Donuts need deep frying.

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It takes skill to make tuko yoki.

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I had fried egg on toast for breakfast

All the rage, down there in OSAKA! Unlike takoyaki.

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What’s wrong with egg on toast? Not gonna get obese on that the calories I use daily. Of course I eat me veg, I’m healthier and fitter than the majority posting here, make no mistake.

Everywhere round my manor has takoyaki, boring after a while.

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