My family loves hash browns, but I have also had troubles cooking them on the stove – there would be some that were nice and crispy, others still soft and a big clump of a real hash of semi potato browns in the end!
I wanted to find a new way to cook them, that didn’t require tons of oil, that didn’t require tons of work. Fresh hashbrowns are great because potatoes are cheap and filling (at least where we are from!) and so they make for a great breakfast/dinner side.
So I discovered a great way to make hashbrowns! They don’t turn into a big gloppy mess, they cook evenly as more surface area is covered with less work, and I didn’t have to stand at the stove and flip and stir.
Cook your hashbrowns in a waffle iron! I bet the same would even work in a George Foreman grill as this is how we perfectly cook bacon and salmon, but since we have a waffle iron, this has been the same idea and works beautifully!
Here’s how to make perfectly browned fresh hash browns:
You can buy shredded potatoes already, or use fresh potatoes (cheapest and healthiest) and easily make your own. If you have a food processor, it will be seconds! So get out your shredding tools and plug in your waffle iron so it is nice and hot when you are ready!
Wash your potatoes and then shred them with your preferred method.
Once you have your potatoes shredded, you will want to rinse them and then soak them in water for a few minutes and rinse again to help reduce the starch and browning.
Then drain and “squeeze” the potatoes to get any extra liquid out.
Place your potato shreds in a bowl and add your seasonings! We love salt, pepper, turmeric and paprika!
Once your potatoes are ready, it is time to brown them!
Place scoops of the potato mixture in your waffle iron under each waffle shape. I found that it was easiest using a soup ladle and then spreading the potatoes out over the waffle shape. This way, they were all a consistent size and the cooking time would be the same for all. Note: you might want to spray with cooking spray before depending on your waffle iron.
Close the lid and I cooked these about 1-2 minutes longer than waffles – our waffle maker says 5 minutes for waffles and so I cooked the potatoes for 6-7 minutes, turning the waffle maker over at the half way point. You can cook them for more/less time depending on how crispy or soft your like your hash browns!
This is the half way point!
Then they were ready to serve! Our kids also love these specific types of hashbrowns because they are fun shapes, consistently cooked, crispy, tasty and satisfying!
Serve warm! These do reheat well too, so you could make many and freeze! Enjoy your perfectly cooked fresh hashbrowns.
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