I am a firm believer that most of my once-favorite commercial foods can be prepared at home and taste just as good or better than the fake-food alternative. Except cheetos. I’m pretty sure that neon-orange cheese is not really cheese. OK, so not everything can have a healthy at-home analog. But most things can. Things like… hashbrowns!
So I recently ventured to make hashbrowns at home. I wanted salty, crunchy, and creamy all at once. Well, it worked. And it was easy! Here’s what I did.
I hope you enjoyed the photos! And now for the actual Hashbrowns Recipe:
- About 2 lb of potatoes, or 1 1/2 large or 3 small. Red or russet work fine.
- Unrefined Salt (we like Redmond Real)
- 1/4 large onion or 1/2 small onion (optional)
- Place about 4 Tbsp of lard into cast-iron skillet with high sides. Place on medium-low heat before prepping vegetables (yes, you need to preheat thoroughly to help prevent sticking). Grate or shred potatoes into a dish. Finely dice onion, if using, and mix with potatoes. Add about 1 tsp unrefined salt and mix well.
- Place potato mixture into skillet, pouring in any liquid that has accumulated. Mash the potatoes down evenly across the surface of the skillet. Pack them fairly tightly so they will cook well.
- Cook over medium-low heat for about 10-12 minutes. Don't touch them while they're cooking!
- To make flipping easier, cut the potato cake into quarters using a knife or metal turner. Flip each corner and mash the cake back down into its original shape. It should still be very workable and not crisp yet. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for another 10 minutes.
- Test some of the mushy center to make sure potatoes are cooked. If necessary, flip each quarter again and cook for an additional 5 minutes or to desired crispness.
- Remove from skillet to serve.