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    A Hash Brown Challenge

    The gauntlet has been thrown. Welcome to Teakdoor's Hash Brown competition! Feel free to post your style of cooking hash browns.

    I decided to compare homemade hash browns to store bought frozen ones. Let's see what happens...



    The first thing I do is take some medium size potatoes, clean them and then wrap in aluminum foil.



    The next step is to simply put these upcoming delights in a 425F oven for about an hour. So just hang on to your horses and I will see you soon.


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    After waiting for the spuds to cool down, I have peeled the skin off.



    Now is the time to grate.



    You should end up with a nice pile of grated potatoes. Figure on one potatoe per person.


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    Your oven could do with a clean

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    The next step is to heat up the skillet to medium high. Normally, I like using my cast iron skillet but today went with a Teflon pan. Add, just a smigden of oil. Many people will add to much oil, thereby causing the hash browns to be oily.



    Form a fat pancake with the potatoes and gently put them in the pan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy View Post
    Your oven could do with a clean
    I know. I miss having Nut our maid.

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    Remember, my original goal was to compare homemade hash browns to store bought ones. So, I have added the frozen quicky hash brown.


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    Now which one would you prefer? I like the old-fashioned style while my daughter prefers the store bought kind. She says they look neater...



    Now, let's see what some of you TD chefs can do!

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    I will get right onto it Boss, aaaah the potatoes aren't much good at the moment, if I PM my address can you post me some over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    I will get right onto it Boss, aaaah the potatoes aren't much good at the moment, if I PM my address can you post me some over?
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    I love hashbrowns and eat them every chance I get. The best hashbrowns I have ever tasted are at the Rose Hotel in Bangkok !!! They're worth a side trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Now which one would you prefer? I like the old-fashioned style while my daughter prefers the store bought kind. She says they look neater...
    Well they do but I bet yours taste a hell of a lot better. Good show.

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    The old fashioned looks crispy and yummy too. Looks like röstis in Switzerland.

    Now I'm just missing a good Emincé de veau à la zürichoise.



    The Emincée de Veau à la Zurichoise is a thinly sliced veal and mushrooms in cream sauce with roesti potatoes. The roesti is another famous food amongst the Swiss folks, what with the potatoes bringing on the body wamrth via the carbs.
    Rösti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    Now which one would you prefer? I like the old-fashioned style while my daughter prefers the store bought kind. She says they look neater...



    Now, let's see what some of you TD chefs can do!
    I like your original hash browns. Looks like what I come out with when I make them. I think I'll have to make some soon

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    yours look great, I'd take em over store bought any day. Sometimes I like adding grated onions to mine for some extra flavor, try it.

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    I think the store bought ones look a bit tidier hillbilly, also why not just boil and mash the potatoes instead of baking them?

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    Rising to the challenge. How I make my hash browns.

    I love potatoes for breakfast! I have to try to avoid big breakfasts these days but once in a while I still treat myself a hearty meal. Here's what I did this morning in response to the challenge.

    1) Start with a raw potato. Here I have a piece of brown onion as well.



    2) I like to use this shredder to make mine. I love the tool and the quality is very solid. It's the kind of thing you can hand down to your children and their children.

    I shred a little onion, then the potato.



    The machine has different sized blades if I'm in the mood for bigger pieces.



    3) The shreds are uniform and the whole process takes less than a minute. Clean up is simple just rinse with water and it's clean!



    4) I was going to make the potatoes "naked" but I can't help myself, as I get this far and have to open a can of corned beef. I take a few tablespoons (maybe a quarter cup) of corned beef and mix into the shredded potato.



    5) Put it into a well heated pan. I usually start at high, then go to medium. I burnt the butter a little bit this morning, as taking pictures threw the timing off. No difference in taste, really, but you can see the darker edge on the potato... that's not burnt potato, just the color of the butter there



    Lower the temperature to medium-high and cook it open until you see the edges start to brown. That ensures a crispy surface on the bottom. This should take about a minute or so.



    6) Lower temperature to medium and cover about 5 minutes. This will allow the natural moisture in the potato to steam cook the inside, giving you the cooked-soft inside. If you want it crispier, make it thinner, use more butter/oil/lard and leave it uncovered.



    7) Here you see crispy edges and the middle as yet uncooked. When it's transluscent and glistens, it's cooked.



    8) Now for the "flip". You get the pan ready (and believe me it was kind of hard to get the next shot) and using a deft flip of the wrist flip the potato. If it's not cooked enough, you'll have bits of potato flying all over.




    9) Now let the other side cook uncovered for 2-5 minutes until golden brown



    10) Of course no breakfast is complete without eggs. I like mine with cheese.



    And there you have it.


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    ^Wow! Excellent job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by who
    The best hashbrowns I have ever tasted are at the Rose Hotel in Bangkok !!!
    And here I was thinking that the only thing on the menu at Rose was sausages ... will have to check them out .

    The potato patties look great.

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    you can do those patties with raw or boiled potatoes;mom used to sandwich a little swiss cheese(yum-yum).To turn them over ,put a plate over,turn and slide
    back in pan;the plate should be bigger than the pan or the oil in excess WILL DRIP ON YOUR ARM!!!
    BON APPETIT
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    Quote Originally Posted by who
    tasted are at the Rose Hotel in Bangkok
    People eat at the Rose Hotel!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by voracious
    4) I was going to make the potatoes "naked" but I can't help myself, as I get this far and have to open a can of corned beef. I take a few tablespoons (maybe a quarter cup) of corned beef and mix into the shredded potato.
    So actually what you made is corned beef hash and eggs, I like it too, but you can't but canned corned beef hash here that I have ever seen, nor corned beef either. canned or uncooked..

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by voracious
    4) I was going to make the potatoes "naked" but I can't help myself, as I get this far and have to open a can of corned beef. I take a few tablespoons (maybe a quarter cup) of corned beef and mix into the shredded potato.
    So actually what you made is corned beef hash and eggs, I like it too, but you can't but canned corned beef hash here that I have ever seen, nor corned beef either. canned or uncooked..
    You can get Corned beef in foodland--not cheap about 170 when on special offer

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    You can get small cans of Thai-style tinned corned beef and corned pork in Tesco - I forget the price. About 50 or 60 baht, I think

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    hmmm, I'd better get too it.

    you realise I have an unfair advantage, being irish and all?

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    I'd be adding some finely chopped onion, flour and an egg to the mix before frying.

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    Hash Browns
    Not Hash, not Potato Pancakes
    jeese louise; I guess I gotta have hash browns for dinner just to show y'all how it's done. (Coincidentally, the supermarket is out of frozen hash browns)

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