Who thought that something so simple would be so popular? I cooked this for The Koala on the weekend and shared a photo on this blog and the response was overwhelming. So here is my recipe. Easy enough for a man or a child accomplice…or a man-child accomplice.
This recipe made two large hash browns, but you could easily divide it into four thinner hash brown, just do not cook as long.
Simple Hash browns
- 3 medium potatoes
- 1 free range egg
- Pinch of paprika
- Generous grind of sea salt
- Dried or fresh herbs of your choice (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Peel potatoes and grate. A handful at a time, squeeze all the liquid from the potatoes, discarding the liquid (I do this over the sink) and put squeezed potato into a mixing bowl.
- Add the egg, paprika, salt and herbs. Mix well. Leave for 10 minutes. More liquid will be expelled. Squeeze liquid from potatoes again, discarding the liquid.
- Divide the mixture into two and in your hands, press firmly into cake or patty shapes.
- Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat and add the oil. The pan needs to be hot, but not smoking to create a crunchy sear. Once oil is hot, place potato patties onto fry pan and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, turn temperature right down and cook for a further 5 minutes until half cooked through. Flip carefully and cook for a further 10 minutes until completely cooked through.
- Serve with other breakfast fixings like bacon, eggs and mushrooms. Or with meat and vegetables for dinner. Great with tomato sauce (ketchup) and/or sour cream or even aioli.
Variations to try: cheese, bacon bits, basil pesto, sundried tomato pesto, onion, garlic.
Simple things are often the best – also sometimes you need a recipe as the simple things are the ones you don’t know how to make! This looks like a delicious breakfast – I wish breakfast was later in the day ( or that work didn’t start so early 😦
Oh, we only eat like this in the weekends! Most days I don’t have breakfast at home, preferring to snack mid morning.
Glad it’s not just me! 🙂
These potatoes are very similar to the Rösti potatoes I made a while ago, without the egg.
Rosti aren’t popular here like hash browns are, but they’re pretty much the same thing right?
No egg in Rosti potatoes. You should try them, I really think you would love them.
OMG I love my hash browns extra toasty/crispy just like those! :3
Oh yum!! I think I might do this for dinner tomorrow night. I’ve recently had the craving to eat more potatos- usually I’m not very interested in them and tend to stick to Kumara.
I could eat this right now!
Just tried your recipe out, didn’t turn out too bad. : D
But can’t seem to make the “patties” hold together properly. Maybe more eggs? Or will it just make it more mushy and won’t be crispy enough.
Hi Khyoon, another egg would make this too eggy but if it’s just a little more it may form a good skin on the bottom to hold it together. These aren’t durable, but should hold their form well enough to cook to crispy and be flipped once. Another way to help bind them together (and a tasty addition) is add a little grated cheese.