If you love potatoes, then you are surely going to love relishing perfectly cooked hash browns. And if you spend hours in the kitchen wondering what to prepare for breakfast, then your family will definitely be overtly amused to grab a bite of this delectable dish. Apart from just cooking up a hearty breakfast, hash browns can easily be inculcated into lunch and evening snacks as well. Agreed that cereal, eggs, toast, and sausages make a perfect breakfast meal, but if you include hash browns into the mix, you will have a real sit-down meal, to be craved for a long time. However, don't get overconfident for the easy they look, the easier they are to be messed up with. Hence, do not assume the crispy and awesome hash browns that you usually have in your neighborhood café once in a while to be easy to prepare. You need to follow certain instructions to come up with the most stylish and lip-smacking hash browns. The trick lies in the use of appropriate potatoes, correct vessel, and the right amount of cooking oil. So, wait no further and follow the step-by-step guide in the lines below to cook up the most luscious and simply irresistible plate of hash browns.
Homemade Hash Browns Recipe
Cast Iron Skillet
2 Russet or Red Pontiac Potatoes
¼ to ½ cup chopped Onions
2 tbsp Oil
Optional herbs and flavor additives
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Remove the skin of the potatoes by using a proper potato peeler. In case you are using red pontiac potatoes, you do not have to even peel them. After you are done with the peeling process, you now have to grate them through a shedder. You can use a normal cheese shredder for this purpose, as long as you get a couple cups of coarsely shredded potatoes.
Prevent Mush Hash Browns
While eating hash browns seems to be delicious and yummy, preparing them is the most difficult task. Most people end up cooking hash browns that are mushy in the center simply because the moisture in the potatoes is not taken care of. A perfectly cooked plate of crispy hash browns comes up when moisture is not trapped in the potatoes. Hence, if you too long for the secret of preparing ideal hash browns, spread the potato shreds on a large plate or cutting board and press on them with a paper towel. Wait until all the moisture has been absorbed by the paper towel before proceeding further.
Prepare the Skillet
Grease a skillet with oil. Make sure that the surface of the skillet is coated with just enough oil. Though you can use butter instead of oil, but for best results, use only vegetable oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. Switch on the stove to medium-high flame and wait until the oil is well heated.
Place the Potato Shreds
Place a moderate amount of potato shreds in the skillet, spreading them in a layer. Cook for 30 seconds and add another layer of potato shreds. Add other ingredients, like onions and herbs in between the layers while cooking. Cooking hash browns by placing the shreds in layers is one of the easiest and best ways for making perfect hash browns.
Flip Hash Browns
When you have placed all the hash browns in the skillet, you can flavor them with salt and pepper. Alternatively, you can sprinkle salt and pepper when the hash browns are cooked and ready to eat. Set the timer to 6 minutes. This is approximately the ideal time required for creating a nice crispy texture on the base. Once the time is up or when the base has attained a golden brown color, flip over the hash browns using a spatula. Flip the entire hash browns one after the other to ensure that both sides attain golden color at the same time.
Ready to Eat
Wait for another six minutes for the hash browns to cook on the other side. If you are a first timer, keep an eye over the underside of the hash browns, lest they turn golden brown and crispy before six minutes and you have burnt your hash browns. To avoid your hash browns from burning, reduce the flame to low setting, allowing them to cook perfectly, though they may take a little longer time to prepare. Once both the sides turn crispy and slightly toasty in color, transfer them onto a serving plate. In case you haven’t added salt and pepper while cooking, remember to do so now before you serve them.
By learning how to make hash browns at home, you do not have to queue up at a breakfast joint again. It’s time to cook up tasty, edible, yummy, and crispy hash browns and enjoy your breakfast!