12/29/12

Cooking with Dehydrated Hash brown Potatoes - Hash browns with Jalapeno Peppers





Growing up in the heartland of America, meals were usually a meat and potatoes something.  Lots of steak, pork chops, ground beef... and lots of corn, green beans and potatoes.  One of my favorites as a kid and still today, are friend potatoes and fried hash browns. These and fried eggs were actually two of the first foods I remember my Dad teaching me to cook as a small child - still so small that I had to pull a chair up to the stove to stand on to cook. 

I have always used fresh, raw potatoes, however, I recently started to make these using dehydrated shredded potatoes.  Wow!  So easy and yes... so good!  Not having to peel and grate potatoes is a luxury.   Since I decided to start stocking dehydrated hash browns, making these either as a breakfast item or as a side dish, has become super easy. 

The brand I use is Golden Grill - which is available at Sam's Club and Costco as well as on Amazon, but I haven't honestly looked for them in my local grocery store so I'm not sure if they carry them or not.  I am sure almost any dehydrated brand would work - however, I can attest that this particular brand, once reconstituted with water is just like freshly grated potatoes and tastes delicious!


Reconstituted dehydrated potatoes mixed in a bowl


Hash Brown Potatoes with Jalapeno's

6 c reconstituted or freshly grated potatoes
1 c grated onion
1-3 jalapeno peppers, chopped fine (depending on how much spice you want)
1 egg
1 t cumin
1/4 c flour
salt and pepper
optional:  if you don't have jalapenos or don't want to use them, use a basic green/red bell pepper.  Very good and not spicy.
oil to cook

Drain the potatoes well, pressing to get out all moisture.  Mix the ingredients together in a bowl, salt and pepper to taste.  Heat oil in a pan to coat the bottom - on the stove top or use an electric griddle to many at once.  Use about 1/3 cup scoops and press slightly with your spatula.  Cook about 4 minutes on one side until dark golden brown.  Flip and continue cooking until the second side is golden brown the centers are cooked through.  Serve!

*Note*
I like them plain but also sometimes serve this particular style with a sour cream sauce I make by mixing in Mrs. Dash Southwestern Seasoning with sour cream.  Love it! 











You can find them at Sam's for about $6 - but if  you can't find them locally, you might be interested in;
    



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