Meatless Friday: Big Metal Hashbrown



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Did you ever have one of those weeks where, between middle-aged forgetfulness and spousal miscommunication, you end up with, say, absolutely no milk in the fridge but instead have about 15-20 pounds of baking potatoes to use up? Well, I sure did. When that happens, it’s time for a family favorite we call Big Metal Hash Brown, also known as Big Giant Hash Brown. It’s all the potato-y goodness of your average breakfast potato but without so much fuss. We call it “metal” hash brown because of the specialized equipment it takes: cast iron pan, metal spatula and, if you don’t want to shred your fingertips into your dinner, the metal shredding disc on a food processor.

Meatless Friday Recipe fro Big Metal Hashbrown

Big Metal Hashbrown

1 potato per serving (up to 6)

1/4 onion per serving

Salt and pepper to taste

1 T oil per potato (We blend corn and olive oil both for the sake of my soy allergy and to raise the smoke point.)


Scrub potatoes and, if it’s your preference, peel. In a food processor, chop onion and shred potatoes. Transfer potato and onion to large bowl and submerge in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Drain well and toss with salt and pepper.

Heat a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Pour potato-onion mixture into heated pan, then toss to coat with oil. Using a sturdy metal spatula, scrape mixture from bottom of pan and stir frequently every 2-3 minutes until potatoes are nearly cooked through. Then press mixture into pan with back of spatula and allow a crispy crust to form on one side. Flip in sections and allow to brown on other side. Serve with cheese, scrambled eggs, sour cream and apple sauce, or other favorite potato toppings.

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Copyright 2016 Erin McCole Cupp


About Author

Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find her books and other projects at her website.

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