Saturday, December 21, 2013

Baked Hash Browns

As you may recall, we grown our own potatoes.  And when you grow and store a couple hundred pounds of potatoes, you need to eat them.  One of my favorite potato recipes is simple hash browns.
I have made hash browns in a number of different ways and have found baking them in the oven to be the absolutely best way to make them.

You will need:

1 to 1.5 pounds of  potatoes
1/4 cup onion, minced
Small amount of olive oil or cooking spray (see my cooking spray note below)
Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 tsp paprika or other seasoning

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Wash, peel and shred the potatoes.  You can use a cheese grater or a mandolin.  You can also use pre-shredded, fresh or frozen, potatoes. However, look at the ingredients on that prepackaged shredded potato sometime.  Yuck! It is only an extra 10 minutes of  your day to shred your own potatoes.  Take the time and do it yourself.
Once shredded, squeeze the potatoes to drain off some of their liquid.  You can use a fine mesh strainer and push the potatoes down against the mesh.  You can also gather up the potato shreds a handful at a time in some paper towels and squeeze.  I like the paper towel method. A clean tea towel also works great and you just toss it in the wash rather than toss it in the trash when you are done.  Either way do it over the sink because there will be a lot of dripping.  The drier the potato the better they will crisp on the outside.  Wet potatoes steam while cooking giving you more of a baked potato texture which is fine but not what we are aiming for here.
In a bowl, mix the potatoes, minced onion, salt (and pepper which my daughter will not eat so I leave it out), and cheese if you are using it.  We love the cheese.  I used cheddar in these pictures.  Gruyere works great too.

I think the best method for cooking is to spread parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Spray the parchment paper with a little oil.  You could also use a basting brush and brush a thin layer of oil on the parchment paper.  The oil helps the potatoes brown nicely.

Here is my cooking spray note.  Don't buy it.  It is a toxic mess.  Instead get a refillable oil spray bottle like my Mr. Mister Oil Sprayer (you can buy it on Amazon).  This little baby is awesome.  Fill it part way with olive oil then pump the top a few times to create pressure.  Take off the top and push down on the nozzle to spray the oil just like a can of Pam without the chemical mess needed to make that Pam can spray.
Scoop about 1/3 cup of the potato mixture onto the parchment paper at a time and form into little potato patties.  The space between the patties helps the potatoes cook faster.  It also makes turning them over to cook both sides easier.
Put the cookie sheet into the oven and cook for about 20 minutes.
After cooking for 20 minutes before being flipped
Flip each hash brown over, return to the oven and cook another 15 minutes or until done.  Your oven may take more or less time.  You want golden brown, but not burned, on both sides.
Remove the hash browns from the parchment paper and either serve right away or put on a rack to cool.
These hash browns freeze great!  Once cool, put a piece of wax paper between the hash browns and store in a ziptop bag in the freezer.  You can warm them up in an oven or on the stove top.  Yes, you can use the microwave too, but try not to when you can avoid it.  The microwave destroys nutrients in the food.  And food should be about both nutrition and enjoyment.

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  1. Hash browns are always a favorite in my home, and these look wonderful. I love that they are baked instead of fried...I will have to try that next time. Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Blessings, Catherine

    1. Thanks for stopping by Catherine! These are really yummy and freeze well for future use too. Worth making a big batch some morning.

  2. I love potatoes they are a very versatile food, which I am sure you know. Love this recipe, reminds me of potato pancakes, pinning on my breakfast board. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist, please stop by tomorrow morning and share again.

    1. Hi Joyce. Thanks for the Pin! They are very much like potato pancakes but eat like crunchy hash browns instead. I need to make more!

  3. These look great. We do hash browns quite a bit for our guests here at the Bed and Breakfast. I am going to give this a try. It will be nice to add it to our menu. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday - you might want to stop by tonight ;-) wink

    1. Hi Deb. I don't think I have ever had the most visited post before. Thank you!

  5. Hi! Just stopping by to let you know that I featured you for this week’s Do Tell Tuesday party: Thanks for sharing!

    Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Alicia. Thank you for featuring this post. That is a huge compliment

  6. what a great recipe especially to lighten a favorite. I just wanted to let you know this has been showcased on this week's friday food frenzy

    1. Hi Marie. Thank you so much for featuring this recipe. I was surprised at how well it works. I have not had much luck frying hash browns. The oven really made it work!

  7. Hopping over from the Let's Get Real linky party--just pinned this recipe, and I can't wait to try it. It looks SO good!

  8. I love hash browns. This is such a yummy recipe! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  9. Can I use foil instead of parchment paper ?


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