Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!!

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2004/07/26 08:24:37 (permalink)

Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!!

Where's good for hashbrowns (shredded, not chunky home fries)? I'm willing to travel, but I'm located in Westchester County (is there anyplace where people can talk just about theirhome locale, btw, or is everyone talking to all 50 states every time they leave a message?)
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    fcbaldwin
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 10:42:46 (permalink)
    I mean no disrespect in my reply, but this forum is on the internet. Therefore, if you post here, you can be viewed all over the world, not just the 50 states. But you can certainly talk about your "home locale" (sic) all you want.

    Welcome to the site!

    BTW, I enjoy hash browns AND home fries! Potatoes in almost any way are probably my favorite food.

    Frank
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    signman
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 10:54:06 (permalink)
    If you want places in a specific area, put that in your title line. Look around the forums a bit. You'll get the idea.

    I'm more of a home fry guy. The term hash brown seems to be loosely used. At Mortons Steakhouse the hash browns are of the shredded variety, while at the Palm, you will get them more like home fries, albeit in smaller chunks, but never shredded.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 11:53:33 (permalink)
    I grew up eating hash browns, and they were cut into a large dice, as in hash. Now, I see hash browns shredded and diced, and then there are country or cottage fries, which are diced or thinly-sliced potatoes.

    I'm confused.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 12:18:36 (permalink)
    When the Toddle House was still around, I always thought they made some of the best hash browns. Theirs were cut into a large dice, probably boiled for a minute so they could be frozen, and then when you ordered them, they took them out of the freezer and put them into a frying pan with a little oil or drippings, and sprinkled liberally with black pepper, onion powder, and paprika as they cooked. They were my idea of really good hash browns.

    Frank
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 12:32:02 (permalink)
    Toddle House is where I had my first hash browns. I grew up ordering them with onions. Yum!

    When I worked as a grill cook at the Toddle House in Austin we did the potatoes on the griddle.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 13:22:46 (permalink)
    [quoteEdited by - fcbaldwin on 07/26/2004 10:44:28

    wow thats the EDITED version, where you mock my writing and ridicule my question? what did it look like before? duh I know the "internet" [sic...it's capitalized] is a big place, guy. But there are ways to organize it. If thats not how its done here, no prob I can work around it. But it's not stupid to ask.

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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 14:31:43 (permalink)
    Hey, steve....no one, including FC, is mocking you. This is an easy going, nice place. we LIKE each other and trade food and life experiences. It's not like most internet forums.For Food in specific geographic areas, the "where should I eat" forum is the best. The "side orders" and "breakfast" forums are more about how hash browns fit into the cosmic scheme of life. Really!....And welcome. We want to tap into your food experiences.
    Bill, in the middle of nowhere, Oregon
    ...And edited means we read our own post and realized we spelled something wrong, or put a link in that didn't work, or wrote something that sounded stupid. (my most frequent crime; it's not hard for me). ...and people do read your words around the Earth. Scary, but it helps to speak in general terms sometimes, and you then you end up finding out about hashbrowns in England, rather than just NY, for instance.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 16:28:25 (permalink)
    I think it was rude and mocking.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 16:31:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by prius

    I think it was rude and mocking.

    Surely you jest?
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 17:22:00 (permalink)
    Why is it that whenever I try to make hashbrowns at home (the shredded variety) they never turn out like I want/expect them to. I have tried with fresh shredded potatoes and frozen, and they never turn out crispy and tender like at Perry's my favorite breakfast place? They are gummy and without that crispy outside.

    Any tips or pointers?
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 17:25:40 (permalink)
    What is with the tone of some of these posts? Not like the roadfood forum I remember. Criminy!

    Welcome Steve! Do you know how to cook hashbrowns at home?
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 18:04:00 (permalink)
    This is the most unfriendly board I have ever been to.

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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 19:23:36 (permalink)
    LoneStar -- you may find it helpful if you go for a potato that has a starchy rather than a waxy consistency. Also, I think that it helps to rinse the shreds (gets rid of the starch on the outside) and then squeeeeeze them dry in a towel. Additionally, the fat that you use can make a big difference!
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 23:27:42 (permalink)
    lone star, as for cooking at home, shoot, if I was into cooking at home I wouldn't hang around here! :)

    bill voss, I'm just not real interested in tips for hash browns in england, etc, is the problem. was hoping to get close-to-home tips, hash browns I could actually eat. (isn't eating the point?), but maybe for local tips I need to stick with chowhound, and use this site for more general kind of talk and also to follow the great tips from the sterns.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/07/26 23:43:55 (permalink)
    Steven, Don't give up on us yet. Why not try a new thread with a title like "Looking for great Hash Browns in NY Metro area" Put it in the Where to eat classification, or breakfast. There are tons of diners in the northeast. I'm sure some of us have had some memorable meals that included shredded hash browns.

    Many people swear by the ones served by the Waffle House. Why not review this thread http://roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=78&SearchTerms=waffle,house

    There might be one near you.

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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/09/20 06:13:16 (permalink)
    Waffle House, hands down.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2004/09/20 07:01:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by MikeSh

    Waffle House, hands down.


    I totally agree. I like them covered, smothered and whatever. If you get the entire thing, it is a meal within itself. Best hash browns I have ever had.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/05/21 16:23:45 (permalink)
    Waffle House
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/05/21 16:59:31 (permalink)
    scattered, all the way! Don't skimp on the jalapenos.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/05/21 19:19:36 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Lone Star

    Why is it that whenever I try to make hashbrowns at home (the shredded variety) they never turn out like I want/expect them to. I have tried with fresh shredded potatoes and frozen, and they never turn out crispy and tender like at Perry's my favorite breakfast place? They are gummy and without that crispy outside.

    Any tips or pointers?

    Are you useing raw or cooked? Bake yourself an extra 'tater next time. Shred it cold and fry it hot. Don't be afraid of the oil. If it's hot enough to fry fast it won't be greasy (well, not more than it should be). I don't mean deep fry it, just be liberal. I'm tellin' ya the secrets in the grease to a short order cook! Of course most places now use re-hydrated shredded in a carton now. I think those are great for what they are and they're pretty hard to screw up. kdiamond is correct about starch content and type of oil/fat making a difference. Especially true for raw potatoes. If you want really CRISPY yet soft in the middle, try a boiled and cooled New White potatoe fried in lard (Ok, if your lard squeamish you can use a good shortning) but don't go stiring and banging it all up. Just flip it like a patty when it's brown enough. This will be crispy crunchy on the outside, moist and fluffy inside. As for the topic, I think home fries are just hash browns on steroids and I love 'em both. More so if their last name is O'Brian. Thanks for this thread. Have not had either in a while. Fix that little oversight tommorow with a little Canadian Bacon I've been saving.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/05/22 12:53:37 (permalink)
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9783&SearchTerms=hashbrowns,homefries

    Lovely photos of both on this link....
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/05/30 08:00:20 (permalink)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stomptokyo/44510967/
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/06/05 23:58:53 (permalink)
    On one of the threads, someone mentioned that Peter Pan Diner on Oakland Park Blvd in Fort Lauderdale had good home fries, so I stopped in over the weekend. They weren't chunky like, but more thinly sliced pieces of potato cooked with onion and properly crispy where they had rested on the griddle. Sort of a cross between shredded and chunks. These were pretty damn good.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/06/06 07:35:19 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by signman

    On one of the threads, someone mentioned that Peter Pan Diner on Oakland Park Blvd in Fort Lauderdale had good home fries, so I stopped in over the weekend. They weren't chunky like, but more thinly sliced pieces of potato cooked with onion and properly crispy where they had rested on the griddle. Sort of a cross between shredded and chunks. These were pretty damn good.


    That is a great diner, possibly the best I've ever eaten at.

    John
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/06/06 23:28:54 (permalink)
    The best hashbrowns I've ever had were probably at Walker Brothers The Original Pancake House in Wilmette, IL -- you could get them with sweet onions, or cheese, and they were divine. Walker Brothers is part of "The Original Pancake House" chain (http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/index2.html) and there are some suburban NJ locations that shouldn't be too far from you. I know there are some variations in the menus, but I would guess that any in this chain should be pretty decent....and definitely hit the Wilmette location if you're ever in the Chicago area, my vote for best breakfast spot period.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/07/08 13:26:13 (permalink)
    There's a whole bunch of great hashbrown recipes in the current issue of Gourmet mgzn!
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/07/08 14:10:23 (permalink)
    My Dad used to make hashbrowns for us when I was a kid, before he discovered that he liked golf better than hashbrowns...

    He'd spend a lot of time dicing the potatoes and carefully frying them in butter and oil with some minced onion and paprika. The best part was allowing them to get nice and crusty. So good with eggs, sausages, etc.

    Now that Dad's gone, I like Waffle House's hashbrowns despite the fact that they're shredded instead of diced. But only if they're well done, smothered, peppered and covered.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/08/07 10:41:56 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Lone Star

    Why is it that whenever I try to make hashbrowns at home (the shredded variety) they never turn out like I want/expect them to. I have tried with fresh shredded potatoes and frozen, and they never turn out crispy and tender like at Perry's my favorite breakfast place? They are gummy and without that crispy outside.

    Any tips or pointers?

    I too have the same problem, I fixed hashbrown yesterday for breakfast and had to throw them out. One big mush.
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    RE: Not Home Fries....HASHBROWNS!!! 2006/08/07 10:51:17 (permalink)
    I have tried to make homemade hasbrowns and have fell short of the ultimate prize: duplicating Waffle House hashbrowns. I quit trying. Personally: scattered, covered, diced, and topped.
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