Heavens we love Hash Browns. Normally it’s only something we eat in hotels as part of a cooked breakfast. So naturally that’s not very often! Molly always loves hash browns so I decided it was time to do some at home – egg free of course. Well, that was easy. I expected more trouble for some reason, but it’s pretty straightforward and great as part of a cooked breakfast. If you can have eggs (sob) I imagine a poached egg would be rather lovely on top of a hash brown.
The best tip I can give is to parboil the whole potatoes first. If you use just completely raw potato you will get a nice hash brown, but it will be less soft in the middle. Also if you want perfectly shaped hash browns do go ahead and use a circular cookie cutter to get rounded edges. We prefer them a bit more ‘free form’ for two reasons – firstly its easier, and secondly the hash browns have little strings of potato at the edges that get super crisp.
We replace the egg with two things – a bit of corn flour, and a bit of flax. Using small quantities of each helps bind the potato together without compromising the taste.
- October 27, 2020
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- 3 Large Maris Piper Potatoes Peeled
- 1/4 white onion chopped finely
- 1 tsp corn flour
- 1 tsp flax meal mixed with 2 tsp water
- Dairy free butter for frying
- Step 1
- Peel the potatoes and pop in a pot. Cover with water and bring up to a simmer. Once they have simmered for a minute or two take them out of the pot and dry them. You don’t want them cooked or soft. Allow to cool
- Step 2
- Chop the onion finely and put to one side
- Step 3
- Create the flax egg by mixing the flax and the water in a small bowl and leave to one side
- Step 4
- If you have a food processor with a grating blade use it to grate the potatoes, or grate by hand. When grated, pop all the potatoes onto a clean tea towel, fold the towel over and squeeze to get the water out
- Step 5
- Add the onion to a large bowl, add in the corn flour and the flax egg and mix
- Step 6
- Add in the grated potato and mix to combine
- Step 7
- Heat some dairy free butter is a non stick frying pan on a medium heat until sizzling. Grab some of the mixture and create the size of hash brown you want (palm size for us) and drop into the hot pan. Flatten with a spatula, and cook until golden on one side. Flip and cook on the other side. I put the oven on low (say 100 degrees) and keep the hash browns warm as I cook the rest. Do use dairy free butter – if you use oil you won’t get quite the same colour.