You’ll enjoy Loaded Hash Browns, made with grated potatoes, ham, cheddar cheese, red/green peppers, & red onion, cooked till crispy in a waffle iron!
Crispy on the outside, and brimming with ham, red & green peppers, cheddar cheese, and red onion, these yummy loaded hash browns are cooked in your old trusty waffle maker! Yep… WAFFLE-STYLE hash browns!
I’d seen photos of hash browns cooked in waffle irons before, but decided to put my own spin on them. I LOVE to make fully loaded hash browns (I mean… “seriously love”), so decided to give it the old “college try” and make my own version in our waffle iron. Oh my goodness… they were delicious. And crunchy! Here’s how to make them:
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Prepare The Loaded Hash Browns
Prep the ingredients before starting. Chop red & green peppers, ham and red onion, grate cheese and generously oil, then preheat waffle iron. Having all this done ahead is a GOOD thing.
For the potato part… peel, and then grate 2 medium potatoes. I used our box grater to do this.
Remove Moisture From Grated Potatoes
Now here’s the really important part. You want to get as much moisture out of the grated potatoes as possible. The drier the potatoes are, the crispier the hash browns will be. I like to use a clean dish towel.
Place the potatoes in the dish towel, the roll it up and twist the ends. Continue to twist and press to absorb as much moisture onto the towel as possible. When done, the potatoes should be a LOT drier, and the towel will be ready for the washing machine… (just sayin’).
Mix the potatoes with the peppers, ham, cheese and onion. Add melted butter, generously salt and pepper mixture and stir together to combine.
This is what you will be looking at, once mixed. The recipe makes enough for two waffles (4 servings).
Cooking Loaded Hash Browns In A Waffle Maker
Make sure waffle iron is heavily oiled and PREHEATED before beginning to cook. Add half of the potato mixture to the waffle iron. Press down lid, and cook for approximately 7-10 minutes.
Halfway through cooking, press down hard on the lid to really seal in those potatoes (and help them crisp up). Check the potatoes at about 6 minutes. You want them to be very crispy and golden brown on the outside, yet cooked through. Times may vary per appliance.
Remove the hash browns from the waffle iron once done, and divide them between four serving plates. Here’s one serving, after a quick toss with a fork.
These loaded hash browns – waffle style are delicious! Cooking them in a waffle iron takes some of the pressure off pan frying. While they are happily cooking away, minding their own business in the waffle maker, you’re free to make eggs or other dishes to go with them for a hearty breakfast!
Hope you’ll try these hash browns… and enjoy putting the old family waffle iron to good use!
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- Homemade Blueberry Pancakes
- Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties
- Ham, Egg & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
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You'll enjoy Loaded Hash Browns, made with grated potatoes, ham, cheddar cheese, red/green peppers, & red onion, cooked till crispy in a waffle iron!
- 2 Tablespoons chopped ham
- 2 Tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
- 1 Tablespoon chopped red bell pepper
- 1 Tablespoon chopped red onion (or green onion)
- 3 Tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
- 1 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 medium russet potatoes
- Salt and pepper , to taste
- Oil , for waffle iron
- Prep ham, bell peppers, onion, and cheddar cheese before peeling and grating potatoes. Set aside.
- Preheat waffle iron that has been generously coated with oil (IMPORTANT so they don't stick).
Peel, then grate (shred) potatoes. Place grated potatoes on a cloth dish towel. Twist, press, etc. to remove as much liquid as possible from potatoes. When dried, place potatoes in large bowl. Add prepped veggies, ham, etc. to bowl of grated potatoes. Add melted butter, season generously with salt and pepper (to taste). Stir to combine.
- Fill preheated waffle iron with approximately half of the potato mixture. (I used a round waffle iron, so there were enough for two waffle sized servings (enough servings for 4 people). Just fill your waffle iron enough to form a nice layer of potatoes. No need to overstuff.
Press down lid and cook hash browns for about 6-7 minutes. Check for crispy outside and "doneness". I usually cook them for a few more minutes after checking them to ensure a really crunchy outside. Pressing down pretty hard on the lid also helps. Appliance temps. vary, so keep an eye on your hash browns. When done, repeat with additional potato mixture, remembering to re-oil waffle iron and preheat before adding. Once done, remove hash browns from waffle iron and divide portions equally (makes 4 servings).
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