Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cripsy Bacon and Chives Hash Browns


To continue to Cook Like A Star, haha..i like this name , i've chosen this Crispy bacon and chives hash brown from Donna Hay's website. Hash browns, never made them before and the only hash brown i remember are the ones from MacDonalds. The McD ones are thick, crispy and quite fluffy and the ones here are thin type, though they are not as fluffy but they taste nice. The not so good thing about these hash browns is that i find that they dont stay crispy for long. it's good to eat once it's done ( if you dont mind burning your throat) but after maybe 5 - 10 minutes, they turned soft. I've made sure i've squeezed out excess moisture from the grated potatoes when i made them, so not really sure why..i failed ! i failed!  LOL!



Recipe ( from Donna Hay's website , with little changes )
2 US  potatoes, peeled and grated, squeezed out excess water
2 bacon rashers , thinly sliced
8 chives, roughly chopped
2 tbsps vegetable oil
salt and pepper
1 poached egg, to serve
some salad greens , to serve

Method:
    Place the potatoes, chives, bacon, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine.  Heat the oil in a large non stick frying pan over medium heat. Add cupfuls of potato mixture, flatten slightly and cook in batches for 3-4 minutes each side until golden and crispy. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve with salad leaves and poached egg.

Do enjoy going through all these Donna Hay recipes done by the rest of the bloggers. These are all for the participation for Cook Like A Star organised by my buddy, Zoe.


43 comments:

  1. This is best as breakfast, Lena. I have been browsing your old entries almost everyday. My next plan is to make pumpkin mantao. Any tips, dear?

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  2. Oh dear, I'm hungry right now, drooling ;)

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  3. Wow..so many recipes here! I like the inlinkz.com .. must try that one day...

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  4. Lena, do you think cooking the potato first before pan frying helps with the texture? My kids love Mac hash browns but I am not up to it for experiments.

    This looks lovely for breakfast. I need to self invite soon.

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  5. Whao, your plating is impeccable!

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  6. YUMMY!!!! my tummy is doing a sommersault!

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  7. I love to have this for my breakfast!!

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  8. Usually buy the frozen hashbrown from hypermarket. Never thought of diy it.

    I love having this as my breakfast, so does my son!

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  9. Oh yummy! Looks like a perfect breakfast to me!

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  10. It sure does not look like you failed! It looks delicious, and love the egg! This makes a lovely breakfast and lunch too!

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  11. lena, those turned soft hash browns let me settle for you, guarantee nothing is left...haha
    this is a great breakfast for me...

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  12. This looks delicious, I would not worry about them going a bit soft, they will soon be soft enough after you have eaten the :) Diane

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  13. Lena, they look so yummy. Wow, I can have that for my breakfast as well as for dinner.

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  14. Lena...love this breakfast treat...bacons and chive Hash Browns :) my favorite !

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  15. I like the bacons and chive hash brown but I would love my eggs to be 100% cook. Did you get my message? :)

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  16. I would like a plateful of that , pretty please ?! ;D

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  17. oh boy. this is such a yummy dish. brilliant pictures too!

    gonna try and perhaps with the bacon bits, i can actually convince hubster that chives taste real good:D

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  18. That chives hash brown look awfully good, seriously!:D

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  19. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesMarch 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Hi Lena, this looks great for breakfast. I love your your poached eggs too. No, no, this is not a failure..

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  20. I like the MCD one too and also those frozen one from supermarket,..but homemade sound better lar, hehehe .

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  21. Hi Lena, delicious breakfast,huh! beautiful clik, your photography skill is excellent.

    Have a nice week ahead.

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  22. Hi Lena, your meal left me salivating, those colors are fantastic, hummmmm.....
    kisses dear, have a nice day:)

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  23. Crispy or not - these hash brown look like a huge success to me, I would love this for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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  24. I too like the hash to be on the crispy side but like yours it always turn soft after a while. Do you think it will help if we sprinkle a bit of rice flour to it before frying it?

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  25. Why failed? I think this is the most delicious looking breakfast set for me ♥

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  26. failed?...as long as it tastes yummy, can lah...

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  27. Last time I tried to do soemthing I've eaten before at a Malay stall, fried spicy potato threads sort of thing. The moment I added salt, it starts to get wet, then I see more and more water coming out.
    Haih... not easy hoh. But yours look good. I don't mind having these for breakfast.

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  28. I want to have this breakfast! But I know I won't have the enthusiasm to cook up such a feast in the morning.

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  29. sheoh yan: just follow the recipe, few of them have tried the recipe and turned out well, i'm sure you can make these too. i will chk the recipe later and let you know if there's anything that you need to watch out for.

    yummylittlecooks: hehehe..

    claire: yeah, can do that in your blog too, it's easier and user friendly to blog hop.

    edith: i really dont know..can try. Thanks!

    alicelaw: thank you!

    abbygail: ok, ok!!

    barb: haha! funny funny!

    tze: come join me :D

    yvonne: unfortunately they dont remain crisp for long. Kids love all fried food :)

    bee: if only these hash browns are perfect :)

    joyce: the poached egg looks better :)

    sherleen: haha! you always make me laugh :D

    diane: thanks, diane, true..

    cheah: thank you

    elin: hey, you must not eat so much..fried food not good for you...haha..

    chris: yup. no poached egg for you :D

    anne: come and take

    missyblurkit: that bacon crispy would be nice..giving them a lil crunch.

    christy: thank you!

    eileen: not failure? i wished they stay crispy.

    sonia: actually i hvnt tried the frozen ones before..sure they must be crispy ones..ha!

    amelia: thanks my dear, hv a good week too yourself!

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  30. I think we both have been very well-inspired by by Donna Hay and Mcdonald! But ours are better being the "gourmet-style" ones with lots of motherly love. LOL!

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  31. Sorry...forget to mention that if you choose a non-starchy variety or wash away the starch of the potatoes, your harsh brown will stay crispy longer :D Still stand by my view feeling our homemade food is better than Macca's :p

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  32. Lena, after seeing your post, now I'm really tempting to make a good breakfast dish!Also like Zoe's tips abt how to make the harsh brown to saty crisp for a longer time!

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  33. I think this works perfect for a breakfast meal ! I usually seldom eat breakfast coz often have to rush for work.. but if I were to have a meal like this, I won't mind to take my own sweet time to enjoy !

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  34. this reminded me of my attempt to make rosti at home.. had the same prob too.. just wouldn't turn crisp like those outside.. but taste-wise still good. I'm really liking all the photos you've taken =)

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  35. Oh gosh! How I wish I have this for breakfast! Looks super yummilicious! Did I spell that word correctly ahh??!! LOL

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  36. What a hearty breakfast!!! I will want to wake up to a breakfast like this or a leisure brunch!!! Love donna hay!

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  37. I would love starting my day with this! Looks so delish and colorful.

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  38. Yep, the only hashbrown I had tasted were the ones from McD's too, these look delicious but like I said at Joyce's, ain't gonna make them with bacons, the boys had too much meat of late:P

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  39. hi all, thanks for dropping by always and also thanks for the tips or suggestions given by Gert, zoe and Edith. I will need to try that again some day!!

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  40. This looks so tempting I would like this for my big meal of the day...if that is breakfast that's great! I love crispy potatoes, and hashbrowns, yours look perfect. How can you go wrong with bacon in them?!! :) I find it interesting that you squeezed out the shredded potatoes, I've only done that when making potato pancakes or latkas after they've been soaked in water. So US potatoes are like russet potatoes? or also called Idaho potatoes? I like to use New potatoes or red skinned potatoes, they crisp up nice.

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  41. Your dish sure looks like being cooked by a star! Lena, you are as good as a MasterChef! I can eat all your food any time :D

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