How to Make Hash Browns

Everyone will rave over this classic breakfast side dish. Plus, hash browns are easy to dress up into a special brunch or dinner treat. Here's how.

What would eggs and bacon be without a side of crispy-hot hash browns? These beloved breakfast potatoes turn the most important meal of the day into a stick-to-the-ribs feast that lasts until lunch. Making them from scratch is an undertaking well worth your time. Try this delicious basic recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. Once the raves start coming in, consider cooking up some of the tantalizing tater variations offered below.

These tips will guide your way to hash brown heaven:

  • Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the potatoes.
  • Start with a hot pan.
  • Butter, rather than oil, will provide the best browning.
  • Make sure to spread shredded potatoes evenly in the pan, and layer them no more than 1/2 inch thick.

Hash Brown Potatoes


  • 1-1/2 pounds potatoes (4 medium)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine


  1. Peel potatoes; coarsely shred to make 4-1/2 cups. Rinse the shredded potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Combine shredded potatoes, onion, salt, and pepper.
  2. In a 12-inch skillet melt butter. Using a pancake turner, pat potato mixture into skillet. Cook over medium-low heat about 10 minutes or until bottom is crisp. With the pancake turner, turn potato mixture in large sections. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes more or until golden. Makes 4 servings.

Cheese-Topped Hash Browns: Prepare as above, except before serving, sprinkle with 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces). Cover and cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese melts.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving: 243 cal., 14 g total fat (8 g sat. fat), 39 mg chol., 306 mg sodium, 24 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 6 g pro.
Daily Values: 8% vit. A, 31% vit. C, 12% calcium, 6% iron
Exchanges: 1/2 High Fat Meat, 1 1/2 Starch, 1 1/2 Fat

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