Monday, December 29, 2008

Top Secret Recipes - Waffle House

I knew a guy who enjoyed Waffle House hash browns so much that he begged and begged the manager at a local one to sell him a case of the potatoes to cook at home! If you like them as well and would love to create the delicious food at home, here is a great copycat recipe you can use, taken from Razzler Dazzler Recipes.
Waffle House Hash Browns

4 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup ice
Vegetable oil for frying

Place prepared potatoes in a 2-quart bowl, and add salt. Add ice and pour enough water to cover potatoes. Stir to mix salt and ice in the potatoes. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Place shredded potatoes in a colander, rinse with cool tap water and drain completely. At this point you can place potatoes back in the refrigerator covered until ready to fry. The uncooked potatoes will keep up to 5 hours.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add enough vegetable oil to lightly cover bottom. When skillet is hot and oil has been heated, place two cups of drained shredded potatoes in skillet. Fry until crisp, shaping with a spatula. Fry about 12 to 15 minutes, without turning. Time depends on the temperature and size of the shredded hash browns. When potatoes are golden, flip over carefully and fry tops of potatoes for 2 - 3 minutes. Do not cover hash browns while frying or stir through them.

Waffle House Hash Browns Scattered all the Way!

1 slice American cheese (covered)
1/4 cup diced yellow onion (smothered)
Sliced jalapeno peppers, to taste (peppered)
1/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes (diced)
1/4 cup mushrooms (capped)
1/3 cup diced lean ham (chunked)
1/3 cup chili with beans, heated
1 serving Waffle House Hash Browns

Prepare Waffle House Hash Browns as directed. Leave them in the skillet, and add cheese, onion, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and ham. When done, add chili on top of all.

This is a great recipe and makes for a delicious meal, however – it’s not dead on as far as the consistency and taste of the Waffle House hash browns. This is especially true if you like them ‘scattered all the way!’ The difference probably lies in the preparation and although it isn’t enough to really matter – there is a difference worth mentioning. Still, this is a delicious dish that you can make for a brunch or even a different dinner idea.

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