Here’s a simple recipe for making hash browns:
- 4 medium-sized potatoes
- 1 small onion (optional)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Peel the potatoes and rinse them under cold water to remove any dirt. You can also leave the skins on if you prefer a rustic texture.
- Grate the potatoes using a box grater or a food processor with a grating attachment. If using an onion, grate it as well.
- Place the grated potatoes and onions (if using) onto a clean kitchen towel or a cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the potatoes. This step is important to ensure crispy hash browns.
- Transfer the grated and dried potatoes and onions to a mixing bowl. Add flour, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to combine all the ingredients evenly.
- Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat and add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Take a handful of the potato mixture and shape it into a patty or a round shape, pressing firmly to compact it. Place the patty onto the hot oil in the skillet. Repeat with the remaining mixture, leaving enough space between the patties for easy flipping.
- Cook the hash browns for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. You may need to adjust the heat to prevent them from burning.
- Once cooked, transfer the hash browns to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
- Serve the hash browns hot and enjoy them as a side dish for breakfast or as part of a hearty brunch. They pair well with ketchup, sour cream, or even a fried egg on top.
Note: You can customize this basic recipe by adding other ingredients such as grated cheese, chopped herbs, or cooked bacon bits to the potato mixture for extra flavor.