What’s Good about Hash Browns?
February 21, 2011 | Peggy Martin
Are they inexpensive? For sure.
Are they healthy? That depends.
- If your hash browns swim in oil as they are prepared and then get smothered in cheese … NO.
- If they are low in fat and sodium … YES.
- If they have added vegetables … EVEN BETTER! We’ve explained exactly how to make them that way on the SpendSmart. Eat Smart recipe page.
The Healthy Hash Browns recipe calls for Best Baked Potatoes, because one secret to great hash browns is starting with great baked potatoes. We do this by baking the potatoes, unwrapped, at a high temperature. (Save the foil for another recipe!)
You can keep baked potatoes for up to three days. Make sure you let them cool, then place them in a plastic bag and refrigerate. (If you put them in hot, they will sweat in the bag. Soggy is not good. Dry is not either, so do use the bag.)
TIP – Keep baked potatoes in mind when you already have your oven heated to 425°F. You’ll save energy if you do not heat your oven just for the potatoes.
In fact, you can do even more than make hash browns with your extra baked potatoes…
- Add to scrambled eggs with some diced ham and fresh spinach for a yummy egg dish
- Warm and top with leftover chili, cooked vegetables and cheese, or spaghetti sauce
- Create a soup with vegetables, legumes, and a low fat vegetable broth.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
- 4 cups diced Best Baked Potatoes, skins on
- 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Heat the oil in a deep 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
- When the oil is hot, add the potatoes, onion, carrot, and minced garlic (if using). Cook about 5 minutes or until boom is golden brown. Flip or stir and continue cooking a few minutes.
- Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (if used).