Hash Brown Potatoes

hash brown potatoes

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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


  • 4 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (optional)
  • 4 scallions + ¼ red onion or just 1 bunch scallions, small chop
  • 1 green bell pepper, small dice
  • about ¼ teaspoon paprika, divided
  • about ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon margarine, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided

*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.


  1. Wash and prepare all the ingredients except the potatoes. This is to avoid the rapid color change (oxidation) of the potato after its peeled.
  2. Once all vegetables are chopped, wash, peel, and grate the potatoes onto a paper towel. Work as quickly as possible. Place grated potato on paper towel into a colander in the sink. Weigh the potatoes down with a heavy bowl or plate to squeeze out excess moisture, for 1-2 minutes. Then, mix the potatoes and jalapeño, onions, and green bell pepper in a medium bowl. Wait to season until the patties are on the skillet.
  3. Immediately heat the skillet to a medium-high temperature and melt 1 teaspoon of margarine on the skillet. Place 4 patties, about ¼ cup into nice round bundles. Sprinkle with a salt shaker, just about 1/16 teaspoon, and paprika (You can measure out a ¼ teaspoon salt and divide it among the 10 patties) Once the patties are golden brown on one side, about 5 minutes, flip and add 1 teaspoon oil, to give it a nice even color. Cook for about 5 minutes more, or until golden brown.
  4. Serve with fresh tomato or salsa, and a side of scrambled eggs or egg whites.

Additional information: appropriate for Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free diet.

nutrition facts label for hash brown potatoes

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