This my mother's recipe for homemade hash browns. The best thing about the recipe is that hash browns are great with many meals besides breakfast. The preparation time for this recipe is about 30 to 40 minutes. Yields 3 servings.
Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils
1. Three medium sized potatoes
2. Cooking oil ( I prefer grape seed oil)
3. Seasoned salt or your own spices
4. Onion, bell pepper, or other vegetables (all these are optional)
5. Utensils needed: cooking pot, tongs, fork, paring knife, cheese grater, oven mitts
Step 2: Boiling the Potatoes
Gather three medium size potatoes and wash them under running tap water. Place all of the potatoes in a medium sized cooking pan. Heat the potatoes at a low boil for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. When potatoes are done, you should be able to pierce them all the way through using a fork. Caution: Use tongs and oven mitts to handle hot potatoes.
Step 3: Cooling the Potatoes
After boiling them, carefully remove the potatoes from the cooking pan using tongs. Put the potatoes in a medium bowl and place them in the refrigerator for twenty minutes to allow them to cool.
Step 4: Peeling the Potatoes
Once the potatoes have cooled, remove the potato skins with a paring knife.
Step 5: Shredding the Potatoes
Shred the potatoes over a container using a cheese grater to do so.
Step 6: Storing Grated Potatoes
Once you have all the potatoes shredded, place them back into the refrigerator.
Step 7: Cooking the Hashbrowns
Place skillet upon stove and pour 1/3 cup of grape seed oil into the skillet. Heat the skillet at a medium heat until ripples appear on the surface of the oil. If bell peppers or onions are desired, using tongs, place them in skillet and cook them to desired tenderness. Use spatula to turn vegetables occasionally to avoid sticking. Use tongs to add shredded potatoes to skillet. Turn ingredients of skillet occasionally to avoid sticking. Caution: Be careful to avoid splashing hot oil on oneself.
If seasonings are desired, add seasoning to skillet. Once all potatoes are a crispy looking brown color, carefully remove the potatoes with a spatula and place them on a paper towel covered plate. (the towel will absorb excess oil from food) Allow hash browns to cool until they are ready to serve.
Step 8: Finished Hashbrowns
Enjoy your hashbrowns without the need to tip or the restaurant price.