I feel like I’ve just been given the secret of the universe – how to make good hash browns at home. Thanks to Elise for posting on Simply Recipes. I didn’t follow her dad’s technique exactly, but it certainly put me on the right path.
I love hash browns, but seldom make them because they never seem to turn out well. I’ve never been able to get that brown crust that you find in restaurant hash browns.
My husband and I were discussing the possibility of making hash browns on Sunday morning. He asked if you’re supposed to soak them in water. I’d heard of doing that with some potato dishes so I suggested we google it.
Well, the secret of the universe is that you don’t want to add water to your hash browns before cooking, you want to take it out!
2 – 3 Russet potatoes, peeled and grated
3 tablespoons. canola oil
salt and pepper
- Spread grated potatoes on a dish towel (dish towels may end up with purple stains from the potatoes) or several layers of paper towels. Top with another dish towel or paper towels. Roll up the towels and give them a twist to squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in frying pan. Add potatoes, spreading them evenly, 1/2 to 3/4 in thick.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook over medium high heat, for 5 to 7 minutes, until brown.
- Flip potatoes, add remaining tablespoon of oil to pan.
- Cook until this side is also brown.