I find that one medium potato will yield 2 6-inch hash brown rounds.  Of course you can make them any shape you like, I just happen to think it’s really fun to stack them up like pancakes!  Just think of all the fun ideas you can have with these in your arsenal of simple budget-friendly recipes!

I use a leftover Steam Roasted “Baked” Potato, but you could use your own recipe for baking the potato.  I allow it to sit in the refrigerator overnight.  The next day, I simply remove it from the fridge and with the large holes on a  box grater, grate the potatoes.  You don’t have to worry about them turning colors or rinsing them because they are already cooked.  That’s why these only take 5 minutes!  I don’t even bother to peel them, and whatever is left of the peel at the end is a little snack (it’s already cooked!!).

Once you grate your potato, I like to use about 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.  That just happens to be what we like.  Adjust it according to what you and your family prefers.

Toss the potatoes with the salt and pepper.

I make sure the oil in my skillet is at least 350 degrees, which I check with my infrared thermometer.  I prefer it closer to 375 degrees.  I use a 6 or 8 inch skillet, usually it’s my non-stick one.

Once the oil is hot (350 - 375 degrees and I use vegetable oil), I place half of the amount of 1 grated potato into the skillet.  Then I take my spatula and flatten the mixture out.  Next - I set my kitchen timer for 3 minutes.  In order to get a crispy texture and for it to stay in the round pancake like shape - you have to leave it alone.  Hence, the timer.  Step away and leave it alone!  If you must peek, gently lift up the “pancake” as a whole to look at the underneath.

Once the 3 minutes is up, I flip the hash browns (in one piece) to the other side.  I cook it on this side for 2 minutes.  Set the kitchen timer.  You can refrigerate any leftovers and reheat in a skillet with a little butter and oil or crisp them up in the toaster oven at 375 or 400 degrees.  Always makes a nice snack too!

And that’s it - remove it to a plate and use in a recipe of your choice!  ENJOY!