Hash browns are made from potatoes and seasoning. They are easy to make from scratch and can be prepared in several different ways.
Basic Hash Brown Recipe
This recipe was originally published in Bon Appetit magazine. It is easy to prepare in a food processor.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes
- 5 large russet potatoes
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
- 8 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 bunches of scallions
- Salt to taste
- Prepare the potatoes
- Add the potatoes to the skillet
- Cook the hash brown
- Season and serve
Peel the potatoes and shred them in a food processor using a grating disk or with a box grater. Rinse the grated potatoes in a strainer. When the liquid starts to run clear, put the potatoes in a bowl and season them with salt and pepper.
Add 6 tbsp. of the oil to a large skillet and turn on the heat to medium-high. When the oil is heated, add half of the potatoes to the bottom of the skillet and press them down to form a layer. Chop the scallion whites and scatter them across the potato layer. Add the rest of the potatoes and press into another layer.
Cook the hash brown for 10 to 15 minutes. When the first side is down, the sides should start to turn golden brown. Transfer the hash brown to a plate with the uncooked side facing upwards. Place the skillet over the plate and gently tip the hash brown back into the pan. Cook the other side for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
Season the hash browns with sliced scallion greens and salt. Cut the hash brown into wedges to serve.
Other cooking options for hash browns include frying them in a waffle iron and frying diced potatoes in a skillet. Alternative seasonings include cayenne pepper, garlic, onions, thyme, paprika and oregano.