February 21, 2024

Rustic hash browns

The potatoes that I bought for 15p a bag at Christmas are starting to sprout now and so I am finding different ways to use them up without wasting them.  We like to eat a hot breakfast in winter and so I thought that I would make some hash brown with some of the potatoes today.  These are nothing like McDonald hash browns but they have no nasty ingredients are a good way to fill up your stomach on a cold winter’s morning.  We serve them with a cooked breakfast, with a fried egg or just with beans usually.  My grandson also likes them for lunch. This is an easy recipe and I tend to batch make them and freeze them to make breakfast easier.


2 medium sized potatoes (waxy potatoes are best but I just use any that I have in).

Half a medium onion (I used 2 shallots)

1/4 cup of plain flour

1 egg

A small amount of grated cheese (about  30 to 40g and optional but it does help the hash browns stick together)

Salt and pepper and any herbs or spices that you want and have in.  (I put some parsley in mine as it needed using up)


  1.  Grate the potatoes and then rinse in a sieve underneath the tap to get rid of some of the starch. Dry (less likely to stick together if they have a lot of starch or are wet).
  2.  Chop the onion finely.
  3.  Place the onion and the potato into a bowl. Add the seasoning, flour and egg (and optional cheese) and mix together.
  4.   Divide into 6 or 7 mounds.  They might feel like they will fall apart but they should stick together once cooked.
  5.   Cook in the air fryer at 200C for 15 minutes, turning half way through.  Alternatively, cook in a small amount of oil (put them in the pan once the oil is hot), turning when a golden colour.  The ones in the picture were cooked in the air fryer.

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  1. Nelliegrace February 21, 2024 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    You could plant a few for some nice new potatoes later this year.

    • ToniG February 22, 2024 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Good idea and I have often done that in the past. This year I have been given some proper seed potatoes as a gift. It will be interesting to see if they yield more or give better potatoes than the sprouting supermarket ones that I usually use. It is also a bit early to start chitting potatoes here in the north as the ground is sodden and they would all just rot if I planted them at Easter as I usually do.

  2. Katie Naden February 24, 2024 at 3:20 am - Reply

    I like the sound of your hash browns I’m guessing I could add any left over meat or fish too to make fish cakes etc . I’ve a ton of corned beef needs using it would give me more ideas than hash or pasties .
    Do you think they could freeze ok if open froze before bagging up ?
    Thanks again you always inspire me x

    • ToniG February 24, 2024 at 8:43 am - Reply

      You could add other things. They have a bit more bite and different texture to fish cakes made with mash potato, but would save on cooking potatoes first if you have no left over mash. I freeze them when cooked and then put them in the air fryer but they are not quite as nice as fresh. x

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