Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hashbrown Pancakes

Easy, filling, and tasty! Gluten free and the addition of meat is optional. Makes 4-5 pancakes. Be sure to read the tips at the bottom. I make these once a week now! Adapted from a recipe found on the back of the frozen shredded hashbrown bag.

2 cups frozen shredded hash browns (thawed)*
3 eggs (whisked with a fork)
½ cup shredded cheese
¼-½ cup crumbled cooked sausage, bacon, ham, or chopped pepperoni slices** (optional)
¼-½ teaspoon seasoned salt, like Lawry's (depending on saltiness of meat or salt preference level)
½-2 tablespoons oil (for cooking)
sour cream for garnish/topping (optional)

Heat oil in frying pan on medium low to medium heat (½-1 tablespoon should be enough if using a good nonstick pan)***. Besure to spread oil evenly over pan. Place a single shred of potato in the oil and when it sizzles then the oil is ready to cook in. Combine potatoes, eggs, cheese, meat, and spices in bowl.

Using a medium ice cream scoop (large cookie scoop), scoop out  onto your heated frying pan and press down a little bit to shape into a flattened circle. Cook with lid on for 2 minutes on first side and 1.5-2 minutes on second side, until golden brown and egg is cooked. I leave the lid on while cooking to create more steam to make sure the egg gets cooked quickly without burning the pancake.

Place on paper towels prior to serving to drain any excess grease. Sprinkle with kosher salt and/or black pepper prior to serving.  Garnish with sour cream.

*Thaw on counter or in microwave at 70% power for 30 second increments, stirring between.

**I cooked a bunch of crumbled sausage ahead of time and froze in little bags to have on hand for this recipe.

***My stove settings go from 1-10, I cook these pancakes on 4.