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Crispy Skillet Hash Browns

This crispy potato hash "pie" is cooked first on the stove to crisp the bottom and then in the oven to cook it through and crisp the top. Slice in wedges and serve with fried eggs and arugula salad.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Servings: 4
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef

Ingredients

  • 2 large russet potatoes (about 1 pound total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Using a box grater, grate the potatoes onto a large kitchen towel. When finished, spread the grated potatoes out on the kitchen town and roll it tightly. Over the sink, squeeze as much liquid out of the potatoes as possible. (Note: This is the most critical step to crispy potatoes. Squeeze the heck out of those potatoes and don't stop until they are super dry.)
  • Transfer the potatoes to a mixing bowl and toss with salt and pepper.
  • Heat an 8-inch oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the butter, and swirl to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add the grated potatoes to the hot pan, gently spreading them out to evenly cover the bottom of pan. (Note: Resist the urge to press the potatoes into the pan. Leave them light and textured - this will make for more surface area to crisp up in the oven). Cook until you can lift the potatoes gently with a spatula and see that the bottom of the potatoes are golden brown and crisp, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Carefully transfer the hot pan to the oven and cook until the potatoes are cooked through, 10-15 minutes. Finally, turn on the broiler, and blast the surface of the potatoes until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes more.
  • Slice into wedges and serve.

Notes

Serve, as shown, topped with fried eggs and with an arugula salad lightly tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper on the side. This is great for breakfast or brunch, but is simple enough for a weeknight dinner.