Saturday, September 10, 2011

DIY Hash Browns

Since learning some secrets to making great homemade hash browns for father's day, we've been enjoying these crispy potatoes almost every weekend. This method makes it really easy to get delicious, crispy hash browns really inexpensivley.

Homemade Hash Brown Recipe

  • Potatoes
  • Oil (I use sunflower seed oil)
  1. First, wash the potatoes really well, and poke some holes with a fork into them. This helps keep them from exploding and making a big mess in the oven.
  2. Bake as you would regularly bake any baked potatoes. About half an hour to 1 hour at 350 F is usually long enough, but the time can vary a lot depending on the size of the potatoes.
  3. Let the potatoes cool completely, you can even refrigerate them overnight.
  4. Now you can peel them if you like, but you know I don't go through the extra work of peeling things if I don't have to.
  5. Grate the potatoes with a course cheese grater. I find that most of the peel comes off naturally when grating the potatoes. I usually just give the peel to one of the boys. They actually love potatoes skins so much they have been known to fight over them. What little doesn't come off isn't even really noticeable once the potatoes are fried.
  6. Now you want to pour enough oil to cover the bottom of a frying pan and fry the potatoes over medium high heat. One secret to getting great hash browns is to let them fry until the whole bottom layer is browned and then flip them over fry the other side (just once). If you think about it like frying pancakes instead of eggs, they will turn out nice and crispy, instead of mushy and scrambled.
  7. Top with salt, ketchup, or ranch! (Or maybe that is just at our house.)
How do you like your hash browns?


  1. thanks for this! i never understood why my potatoes wouldnt fry up crunchy ansd brown like my grammas (she has died so i couldnt ask)....but now it all makes sense!!! she always would use the left over potatoes from dinner for the fried potatoes for breakfast - they were pre-cooked not raw like i have been doing!! thank you!!!


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