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How to Make Crispy Diner Style Hash Browns

Of all the smells that hit you when you walk into your local diner, I'm convinced the most discernible part of the waft is always the hash browns.

My favorite breakfast joint growing up was The Melrose Inn. Once or twice a month my Dad would drive me to school, allowing me to skip my long daily bus ride, and the two of us would steal away a few special moments together over an early breakfast. We would drive out of Louisville before the sun came up, headed towards farm country and the little old house that had been converted into a diner, complete with waitresses decked out in matching checkered uniforms and strategically fitted hair nets on top of up-dos. Immediately upon entering the room, that delicious hash brown smell would just slap you in the face and your mouth would start watering.

Grated Russet potatoes, fried the griddle to crispy, crunchy perfection. It doesn't get more simple, inexpensive, or delicious. Even when served as a supporting player to eggs, bacon, pancakes and fruit this recipe takes the staring role in my heart.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Barb

    Thanks so much for that little \"secret\" tip - wringing out the taters! I was just telling my mother I am not a good hash brown maker so I am off to try a plate of these goodies!!!! I'm new to your site and am now a major stalker!!!!

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  • Suzi

    Thanks for the great tip about squeezing the water out. I was wondering what brand of countertop cooking unit you are using in the video and why you use that over a good 'ole pan on the stove.

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    • Catherine

      That is a Zojirushi electric skillet! http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/B003ODCFKS I use this in videos because it is easier to see than my stove! :) Your favorite pan on the stove will work beautifully!

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  • Kat

    Delicious! Now: where did you get your cute shirt?

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  • Jessica Harper

    What kind of sauté pan is that?

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  • Jessica Harper

    Nevermind - I see you've already answered that question! Thanks

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  • Breakfast For Dinner Jessica Beau

    [...] to try some hash browns. Because I had never made hash browns before, I initially referred to Catherine’s video. But after the first batch, I got the hang of it and kind of did my own thing. I washed, peeled, [...]

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  • 13cheerchef

    how to you make them not as crispy and more soft

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