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For many people, hash browns are an essential side in a breakfast trifecta of eggs, bacon and hash browns instead of toast. Homemade hash browns are quite straightforward and easy to make with a little extra elbow grease for grating the potatoes. Alternatively, it is possible to buy shredded potatoes in the freezer section of most grocery stores for making hash browns.

Whatever approach best suits you, mixing up hash browns will be a breeze with a technique tip or two. Get creative with your breakfast and try making hash brown French fries, which can be served with ketchup as a side to a classic breakfast or with a poached egg and a hollandaise sauce for a unique twist on an eggs Benedict dish.

Classic Hash Brown Recipe

Total Time: 30 minutes | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 3 hash browns

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1/3 of the butter and oil.

  2. Once hot, add 1/3 of the grated potatoes.

  3. Sprinkle a pinch of the seasonings over the shredded potatoes as the bottom side cooks until it is brown and a crust forms.

  4. Flip the hash brown over and allow it to cook until it is brown and crusted on the other side.

  5. Repeat until all 3 hash browns are made, adding more butter and oil as needed.

  6. Serve hot with more salt and pepper to taste.

Tip

This recipe can be duplicated to make as many or as few servings of hash browns as you need. Simply allow for one potato per serving of hash brown when considering how many people you will be serving.

Hash Brown Fries

Total Time: 30 minutes | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 12 hash brown fries

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add half of the butter and oil.

  2. Once hot, add half of the grated potatoes.

  3. Sprinkle a pinch of the seasonings over the shredded potatoes as the bottom side cooks until it is brown and a crust forms.

  4. Flip the hash brown over and allow it to cook until it is brown and crusted on the other side.

  5. Repeat this process to make another hash brown, adding more butter and oil as needed.

  6. Once both hash browns are made, let them cool to the point that they can be handled and then cut them lengthwise into 6 pieces that are shaped like French fries.

  7. Add the other half of the butter and oil to the skillet.

  8. Once hot, add the hash brown French fries and fry them in the oil, turning them to cook evenly on all sides until they are golden brown and crisp.

  9. Serve them hot with more salt and pepper to taste as well as with ketchup or any other dipping sauce.

Tip

If you are serving a crowd, plan on making two hash browns per person to yield enough hash brown French fries. Try setting up one pan to make the hash browns and a second pan to fry the hash brown French fries if you are making enough to feed a larger crowd.

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