The people in my family are potato fanatics. Potatoes are probably the most versatile vegetable and take on the flavors of whatever dish you're making, so well. I'm convinced my family could live on potatoes, onions, and tomatoes alone (and probably chilies, too).
I chose to make hash browns not only because they are so tasty when the potatoes crisp up, but because they are also one of the quickest ways to cook potatoes. The work is in the grating, but after that, they cook in about 10 minutes. It’s fun shredding them too, as long as you have a good box grater. I think there is also a device to shred potatoes on a food processor which would probably cut the time in half at least.
I had to add some spice, to make it a little more homestyle and authentic. I also added some onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño, so I guess you could say it’s a cross between hash browns and home fries, or as some breakfast places call them, “O'Briens.” To make it a complete breakfast, I scrambled some eggs on the nonstick skillet, and I had a breakfast the family loved in no time. I would also suggest adding some fresh chopped tomatoes or fresh salsa to brighten all the flavors with freshness. It’s perfect Sunday breakfast fare with friends or family, I hope you enjoy it!
Servings: Makes 10 healthy sized patties, serve 2 per person
*If your potatoes do turn a little brown before you cook them, they are still edible and tasty. But, you can opt to grate as you go to avoid this problem. Once the water is squeezed from the potato, it will turn a brownish color faster. Work faster, or in batches.
Additional information: appropriate for Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free diet.