Hash Browns are a delicious and satisfying addition to breakfast or “brinner” (breakfast for dinner). They’re great to add to your dish if you’re wanting a more filling breakfast to get you through a busy day or a relaxing weekend brunch with the family. They can be slightly tedious to make from scratch, but we found out since we acquired our first panini press recently that they can be made in half the time with this fabulous kitchen tool.
Hash Browns- Panini Style
Of course you don’t need a panini press to make hash browns, we just happened to discover that it’s just so convenient to make them this way. It’s faster since both sides cook at the same time and the presentation is great with them turning into little semi-flattened nests. They get that nice crisp on the edges without all the added cooking oil too.
If you don’t have a panini press, you can make these the same way as the recipe says up until the panini part. Use a spatula to press down your scoop of potato mixture and then flip after the first side browns well through to the edges. These would basically cook more like fritters if you’re still looking to make these hash brown nests as the pictures show.
Homemade Hash Browns vs Prepackaged Frozen Hash Browns
As you know if you’ve read any of my other posts I always need to add in my two cents about homemade vs store bought food. I just can’t help myself, it’s my prerogative. Believe me, we’ve made our share of frozen hash browns and still might lose our way at times and they might find their way into our freezer, but we try to avoid them if at all possible.
Some possible food additives in frozen hash browns are Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, (sodium acid pyrophosphate) and Sodium Bisulfite. They are added to retain color and freshness. Now, these are not the worst ingredients possible when speaking of the big picture in processed food, especially since they are both quite widespread in so many foods. They’re both nearly impossible to avoid, but my motto is avoid it when possible simply by cooking from scratch. They are GRAS ingredients (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA. That means they’re considered safe in small amounts, but they have been shown in some studies to have potential side effects and can cause issues down the road if one consumes a lot of processed food containing such ingredients.
So, just because I want to always know what I put into my body as well as my family’s I just avoid such food when feasible. Nothing earth shattering here. I just say, why not if I can?! Plus…from scratch, made with love and real ingredients just always tastes better.
So, try some homemade hash browns for a change and taste the difference.