Hash Brown Muffin Cups

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.

The Lazy Gastronome
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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Ingredients:

  • 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)

Preparation:

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.

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Hash Brown Waffles

Check out these fun, easy to make Hash Brown Waffles.  We have potatoes fairly frequently at our house so I am always trying to keep things interesting!

What makes this recipe so easy?  I used frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes.  Not only do you avoid having to shred them yourself, but you can skip the step of wringing out all the moisture.

I love using hash browns in breakfast casseroles.  Check out my Gluten Free Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole.  I made it for Easter brunch this year and it was delicious!  But that big bag of hash browns was way too much for the recipe.  So when I noticed the half empty bag sitting in back of the freezer I thought I’d try something different to use them up.

When shopping, look for plain, unseasoned shredded hash browns.  Not all hash browns are gluten free, so check for the gluten free label or verify that there are no gluten containing ingredients.

4 Servings, Serving size = 1 waffle

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) frozen gluten free shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1 egg
  • cooking spray

Preparation:

Take the hash browns out to thaw about 30 minutes ahead of time, they do not have to be completely defrosted.

Whisk together the egg, oil and seasonings.

Add the hash browns and stir together with a spatula until evenly coated.

Heat the waffle iron to 350º and mist with cooking spray.  Scoop the hash brown mixture onto the waffle plate and spread them out in an even layer with a spatula.  Use all of the hash browns, they will cook down quite a bit as the potatoes release their liquid.

Cook for 10 minutes, then check every few minutes to see how they’re doing.  Mine took about 20 minutes total to get nicely browned with crispy edges.

Gently lift one corner and slide a spatula underneath to move the waffles to a cutting board.

Use a knife or pizza wheel to break waffles into 4 sections.

The waffles are best eaten immediately.  They will lose some of their crispiness as they cool off.

If you have leftovers, they can be reheated on a pizza stone, in an air fryer, or in the toaster (toaster bags are recommended!).

Notes ♪♫ Who knew that you could make something other than waffles on a waffle iron?  Since I got my new waffle maker, I’ve had such fun experimenting.  Check out my Gluten Free Crab Cake Waffles, and of course my favorite Gluten Free Banana Waffles!

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