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Crispy Hash Browns with Parmesan Cheese (Gluten-Free)
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Who doesn't love hash browns? Nobody I know doesn't love hash browns. Crispy, crunchy, tasty, delicious hash browns are the star of many a breakfast plate. But, how to make crispy hash browns at home? How to do it quickly, without all kinds of professional equipment, like a potato ricer? This simple, easy recipe relies on a bit of parmesan cheese to deliver delicious, hash browns that are crispy outside and tender inside. They are sure to draw smiles from your hungry eaters.
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 lb Russet baking potatoes, peeled, rinsed, and grated
- Salt and pepper
- ½ cup or so of Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Shred the potatoes and put them in a bowl. Fill the bowl with water, dump the contents of the bowl into a strainer. Rinse until the water runs clear. Once potatoes are strained, allow water to run off.
Use a paper towel to lightly dry potatoes.
Toss potatoes in a bowl and coat the potatoes with Parmesan cheese.
Heat the oil in the pan to the point of shimmering, but not smoking, add the grated potatoes, spreading them out along the bottom of the pan. The potatoes should not be too thick in any one place, no more than a half inch thick.
Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the potatoes. After a few minutes, lift up one edge of the potatoes and see how done they are. If they have fried to a golden brown they are ready to flip. Use a large spatula to flip the potatoes over all at once, or divide the large potato cake into halves or quarters and flip. Flip only once! Continue to cook until they are golden brown on the bottom. Salt and pepper to taste.
Remove from heat and serve.
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