The Restaurant Guy enjoys eating out (or ordering out) for breakfast as much as the next person and he tends to order the same thing at a restaurant nearly every time: 2 eggs and hash browns. In addition to simply enjoying it, I find that this morning meal is reliably good no matter where the food originates, except for one place: the supermarket.
Cooking eggs at home has not been a problem but good hash browns under this roof have proven elusive. I have tried hash brown biscuits (“McDonald’s style”) that come frozen in a box from my neighborhood grocery store. Verdict? Fail. I also tried a variety of brands of frozen shredded hash browns that come in a bag. They were better than the biscuits IMHO but they took a very long time to cook and were still not as good as when served at a restaurant. I even tried making them from scratch with both a raw potato and a baked potato. Verdict: I am a terrible cook.
This week I was shopping at Costco and saw an 8-pack of “Idaho Spuds Hashbrown Potatoes” that come dehydrated in milk carton-style containers. Dehydrated didn’t sound very appetizing and I was a little concerned that I might end up with a huge supply of something inedible but I gave them a try anyway. Verdict: Amazing. You add hot water, let it soak for 12 minutes, the fry for 6 minutes with a little bit of oil and it seems to be the best hash browns I have ever cooked at home.
Of course The Restaurant Guy still likes ordering from restaurants but breakfast cooked at home will now be much better when he can’t.