According to Waffle House's menu, a fully loaded order of hash browns includes potatoes, onions, cheese, ham, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, mushrooms, chili and sausage gravy. Each of the ingredients is available separately by using a code word, which allows customers to build their hash brown orders any way they choose.
Asking for hash browns "smothered" adds sauteed onions to the dish. Requesting an order to be "covered" adds melted cheese sauce over the top. "Chunked" adds pieces of smoked country ham to the hash browns, while "diced" adds fresh diced tomatoes. "Peppered" hash browns include sliced jalapeños, while "capped" hash browns add grilled button mushroom caps. "Topped" hash browns are covered in the chain's signature chili, while "country" hash browns feature white sausage gravy. Diners can pick and choose from any of the eight additions, or they can simply ask for hash browns "all the way" to include everything. Finally, ordering hash browns "scattered" results in a loose, crispy hash brown order instead of one cooked as a solid cake of potato shreds.
The band Hootie and the Blowfish paid tribute to this Southern dining staple with the name of their 2000 album, "Scattered, Smothered and Covered." Ordering hash browns in this manner would result in crispy potatoes with cheese and onions, which is one of the most popular ways of ordering the dish.