These baked hash browns are really easy to prepare. You can use frozen store-bought hash browns, but I think the fresh just taste better. Ensure that the edges get crispy – that’s the best part!
3 large potatoes, washed, scrubbed and shredded (leave the skins on!)
1 small white onion, minced
1 cup milk
1/2 cup beef broth
2 cups shredded Colby cheese
1/4 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper
Pinch of salt, to taste
2 tbs. butter, divided
Preheat your oven to 425° F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded cheese, minced onion, potato. Stir well to incorporate.
In a separate mixing bowl, add the milk, beef stock, salt and pepper. Melt 1 tbs. butter and add to the liquid ingredients. Stir well and add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well to incorporate.
Heat a large, heavy 12″ cast-iron pan sprayed with no-stick cooking spray on the stove top over medium-high and add 1 tbs. butter. Render the butter until just lightly browned. Immediately spoon in the potato mixture and brown for about seven minutes until the cheese is just melted. Stir once during this time. Level it smooth with a spatula and place the skillet in the oven.
Cook uncovered for about 45-60 minutes until the top turns golden brown and the edges form a nice crust. Remove from the oven and let stand for five minutes before serving.
If your pan is well-seasoned, the potatoes will NOT stick.
Pair with bacon and eggs. Fantastic.