These hash browns are packed with fresh scallions and diced bacon, and pan-fried with butter until extra crispy. It’s an easy recipe with just a few main ingredients and perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Bacon hash browns. I think that neatly sums up everything I love most in a single dish. This is one of those recipes where the food gets devoured faster than it can be cooked; I found myself pan-frying these hash browns in batches but couldn’t keep up with demand, aka my ravenous appetite and Mr. Savory Tooth’s insistent cries for more. At one point, I was balancing multiple pans on multiple stovetop burners so that I could cook more hash browns simultaneously. This recipe is just that good, and really, you can’t go wrong with the irresistible combination of bacon, shredded potatoes, and butter.
To make hash browns at home, you’ll need a competent food processor to shred all of those Russet potatoes. I used a large Hamilton Beach professional food processor capable of holding 14 cups. It can do just about everything: shred, slice, dice, chop, mix, puree, and even knead. Its tools are housed in a blade garage, a separate container with compartments for all of its tools. I was most impressed by its adjustable slicing tool, which has 14 thickness settings from 1/32 to 1/4 inch. I plan to use this slicing blade to make extra thin homemade potato chips, as I continue in my quest to consume potatoes in just about every form.
The texture of these bacon hash browns is the real winner here — they are extra crispy and yield a satisfying crunch with every bite. To ensure that your hash browns are as crispy as they can be, here are some tips:
- After shredding the potatoes, wring out any moisture from them. Moisture is the enemy of crispiness. To do this, I prefer using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, but a tea towel also works great.
- Use thin patties. Work with small amounts of hash browns at a time, about 1/2 cup or less. Once they are added to your pan, flatten them into thin rounds. The thinner they are, they crispier they will get.
- Cook on medium heat, not medium-high heat. Anything hotter than medium heat will cook too fast and the exterior of the hash browns will get a little burnt before the interior is cooked enough. At medium heat, the hash browns cook more evenly and can get more crispy.
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