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Homemade Hash Browns

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July 20, 2014 / Breakfast / By
Nicola

With big, traditional, full English breakfasts (often lovingly referred to as 'fry ups'), one staple item is the hash brown. I'm sure most English people who love fry ups will confirm that hash browns are an essential part of breakfast - without them, it just wouldn't be the same!

Hash browns are little patties made from grated potato, which have been fried, giving them a lovely crispy coating. As they take on the flavour of the oil, they are delicious, and are ideal for soaking up any juices from the rest of the breakfast - be it ketchup, sauce from the baked beans or grease from the bacon. You can buy hash browns in the freezer aisles of the supermarket, which is nice for the sake of convenience, but it's so much more fun to make your own. Not to mention the fact that you can tell exactly what's gone into them!

Generally, two palm-sized hash browns are the standard portion size per person, but you can alter portion sizes depending on how big an appetite you have! This means that in general, one large potato should be sufficient for each person.

To begin with, grate the potatoes on a large setting. There's no need to cook the potatoes first, as you might do with rosti potatoes; the cooking will come later. Season the grated potatoes with salt and pepper - this will enhance the flavour, so don't skip this step.

When you have your grated potatoes, squeeze as much water out as you possibly can. To do this, place the potato into a clean tea towel or several layers of kitchen roll and squeeze. You need the potatoes to be as dry as possible, otherwise they won't stick together and won't cook properly.

Once all the water has been squeezed out, put your seasoned potato shavings into a bowl. Beat an egg and mix this in with the potato. You'll need to use your judgement for this part - if you're only making a couple of hash browns then one egg may be too much. On the other hand, if you're feeding a handful of people then you might need more than one egg. You don't want too much egg - just enough to coat the potato and bind it together.

Now comes the messy bit! Use your hands to make little patties about the size of the palm of your hand, making sure that the potato is sticking together nicely. The shop-bought hash browns are usually triangular in shape, but you can make them into whatever shape you like!

Heat some oil in a frying pan to a medium heat, and shallow fry your patties. It is essential not to use too high a heat - this will only cause the outsides to burn and the insides to remain raw. Cook them for a few minutes on each side, depending on how thick you've made them, then drain them on kitchen roll momentarily before serving. This will soak up any excess oil.

As you can see, hash browns are far easier than you might expect. They taste amazing, and they go brilliantly with the rest of the ingredients of a full English breakfast, especially the bacon and sausage! Of course, the best part about them is knowing that you took the time and effort to make them, so you know exactly what has gone into them. This means that you can enjoy them with a guilt-free conscience!

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