We Say Potato!
Is potato your family’s vegetable of the choice too? It sure is a staple in our kitchen. I cook a variety of dishes with potatoes through the week – from khagina omelette to potato and meat stew to lemon basil baked potatoes. Especially during the pandemic lockdown days, this humble but versatile vegetable has been a major source of carbs for us.
Make McDonald’s Style Hash Browns At Home:
We haven’t been eating out at all since the COVID-19 situation has started, not even getting take aways and home deliveries. The problem is not with food, since many scientific research sources have reassured people that food is safe. Our problem is with the handling of food. You can never be sure about how many unsafe hands touched it till it reached you.
Now among the few things that we used to enjoy a lot eating from outside was getting hash browns from McDonald’s for our Sunday brunch. My younger one was especially missing her favourite breakfast treat. Since this is her birthday month and we can’t throw her a party with her friends due to social distancing, as we used to before, I decided to cook for her some of her favourite foods this entire month. That’s how I got to experiment and make McDonald’s style hash browns at home.
Getting the Crispness and Texture Right:
Now I’ve been making potato hashbrowns before at home too, I even make them as base for mini pizzas, or replace burger buns with hashbrown and waffles with slightly liquidish batter in waffle maker. The challenge this time was to recreate the light and crispy version with texture that we get at McDonald’s.
I thought of combining rice flour with cornflour/starch because that’s the winning combo that gives the crispest crust to most things I deep fry. I decided to mix that with potatoes. Grating the potatoes and keeping them in cold water helps a lot in getting that particular texture so don’t miss out on those steps. Finally, pressing the mixture firmly and cooling to set the hash browns before frying are also important so that they dont crumble in your hands or disintegrate in the oil.
Lockdown or not, this recipe is a keeper to enjoy very delicious and hygienic hashbrowns at all times. If you try and make McDonald’s Style Hash Browns At Home, don’t forget to rate and comment. 😉
1 kg potatoes
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup rice flour
3 tablespoons corn flour/starch
2 teaspoons onion powder
Salt to taste
Black or white pepper to taste
This Is What You Do:
Wash and peel potatoes.
Grate them into a bowlful of ice cold water with a large holes grater. Or fit your food processor with large holes grating blade and grate, then dip in ice cold water.
Leave in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile fill a deep pan 3/4 with water or enough to immerse the grated potatoes. Add 2 tablespoons sugar to the water. Bring it to a boil.
Scoop out grated potatoes from cold water and add them to boiling water. Boil for only 2-3 minutes. Potatoes should retain some texture.
Place a muslin cloth over a sieve or big bowl. Strain potatoes through the muslin cloth. Pour cold water over them to bring them to room temperature. Make a bundle of the muslin cloth and squeeze out as much water as possible.
Add rice flour, corn flour, onion powder, salt and pepper to the grated potatoes and mix. If the mixture is too dry to come together, you can add a little water (1 tablespoon at a time) and mix .
Scoop out enough potatoes to fill a round cookie cutter or icecream scoop (a little more than 1/4 cup). Press down the mixture firmly. Then place on a lightly greased board and make oval shapes.
Keep in refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until set.
Fry in medium hot oil for 5-6 minutes or till golden and crisp.
You can shape and store the hashbrowns for later use. They stay good in refrigerator for 3-4 days. Just lightly grease a dish or tray, spread them out and cover with a plastic wrap.
For freezing, layer them in an airtight container with plastic sheets or butter paper between layers (so that they don’t stick together). Freeze them for 2-3 months.
Makes 12 hashbrowns.