If you are looking for a great way to impress your guests with your cooking skills, then one idea is to make potato pancakes with frozen hash browns. Not only are they extremely easy to make, but they also happen to be one of the tastiest ways to end a meal. It’s a win situation that will satisfy even the fussiest taste buds.
There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to making potato recipes with hash browns. The first thing you have to learn is to make sure they are fully cooked before removing them from the heat source. When you are able to see that they are soft and have not completely cooked off, you can simply run them under the cooking method and wait for the same result. Making sure that they are fully cooked is important because overcooking them could make them brittle and taste less than fresh.
Making potato pancakes with hash browns is as simple as mixing together some butter, a slab of potato (sliced or chopped), some milk and a touch of salt and pepper to taste. Then all you have to do is combine this all in a bowl and cook it on a hot griddle until it is done. As far as the cooking process goes, you just have to set the mixture over medium heat and allow it to cook until it is lightly brown on top. You can determine when it is done by looking at the underside of the pancakes.
Since the hash browns are the dark side of the potato, it will tend to stick to the bottom. Once they are fully cooked, remove them from the heat source and allow them to cool off to room temperature. Once they are cool enough, you can place them in an airtight container. The next thing you need to do is to mash them very well with a wire whisk. It is better if you use two eggs instead of one so you get fluffy oatmeal instead of sharp, dry spongy ones.
Once you have done that, it is time to mix it. A simple mix like this will keep the flavors and nutrients intact. To add some more flavor, you can add some minced onions or celery. Once this is mixed, you can add the milk and combine thoroughly. The amount of milk you use is entirely up to you.
At this point you have two choices; you can choose to either bake it or make it into a pancake. Baking can be rather tricky so it is recommended that you first get some baking utensils to make things easier. Start off with a 9 inch square pan or any round shape. Most cookbooks or websites will indicate which type of pan is best for this recipe. If you have no experience baking, I would recommend using a non-stick pan so your hash browns don’t stick.
Once you have your pan ready, it’s time to mix your batter. Most mixers are made specifically for cooking flour, sugar and potatoes. Add the dry ingredients and mix until they are completely combined. Next you will add the wet mixture and mix until it is fully mixed as well. Next you will fold the two mixtures together, and then cover the pan with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It is recommended that you let it sit in the freezer for about half an hour before baking.
Once you have completed baking your potato pancakes with frozen hash browns, you are now ready to serve. Use a serving utensil to place the food on each plate. Then you simply spoon some ice cream into the dish and garnish it with fresh, sharp cheddar cheese. Don’t be surprised if people ask for seconds or thirds. These dishes are delicious, and will make any visitor to your home happy.