Aren’t these the cutest? Hash Brown Muffin Cups are fun to make and eat, kid friendly and adult approved! Using frozen hash browns really cuts down on the prep work. This is a great brunch recipe because you can prepare it the night before and bake in the morning.
Are hash browns gluten free?
As long as you are buying plain hash brown potatoes, they should be fine. I always look for the gluten free label as an extra measure of security, but as long as the only ingredient is “Potatoes” you are good to go. If the potatoes are seasoned or include other ingredients, then investigate further before buying. I used Ore-Ida frozen shredded Hash Browns in this recipe.
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- 20 oz. frozen shredded hash browns (for a standard 12-cup muffin tin)
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
- 1/8 tsp. paprika
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- cooking spray (I like Bertoli spray, because it has no propellants to damage your nonstick pans)
Weigh 20 oz. hash browns and place in a zip top bag. Defrost in the refrigerator.
I used a salad spinner to be sure the potatoes were as dry as possible (see notes). After spinning the potatoes (or pressing them dry with paper towels) transfer to a clean bowl.
Toss the hash browns with the cheese and seasonings. Drizzle with 2 tbsp. olive oil and toss again to coat thoroughly.
Mist the muffin tin with cooking spray and spoon the potatoes evenly into the 12 cups.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, preheat the oven to 400º and spritz the tops of the muffin cups with olive oil spray. Bake for 45 minutes.
The edges should be browned and crispy. Use a spoon to slide them right out of the pan onto a serving dish!
Hash Brown Muffin Cups will be a great addition to your brunch menu, or a fun dinner side. They reheat well, and ours stayed crispy even after microwaving. You will want to keep a bag of hash browns in your freezer pantry, so you can make a batch any time you like!
Notes ♪♫ My salad spinner is over 20 years old. We originally purchased ours when my husband used to plant a large garden and I needed an easy way to wash the veggies. Today we still eat lots of salads and this is just a handy thing to have in your kitchen! Here’s the current model.