Let your kids wake up to some sweet and salty sweet potato hash browns on Halloween! Fun and easy way to start the festivities!
We love hash browns in our house. We love hash browns from russet potatoes, but also- we love the sweet taste of sweet potato hash browns. We’ve been making them for years. So, when I saw our pile of orange sweet potatoes and was thinking of Halloween at the same time, shaping them into pumpkins was a natural step.
If you were wondering how to make hash browns, I’ve got the steps for you. There are a few things that help us to make them perfectly!
Step 1) Peel the potatoes
This is the kids job! From when the kids were super young, they were taught how to peel potatoes. Our best advice here, is to hold the potato with your non-dominant hand. With your dominant hand hold the peeler, and then scrape the potato away from you. We have them do this over a bowl or paper towel to collect the peels. We use 2 very large potatoes, or 3 medium ones.
Step 2) Grate and Soak in cold water
Using a food processor makes this step fast and easy, but if you are only making a few hash browns, you can also use a standard cheese grater. Then, soak your grated potatoes in cold water. Soaking, according to several online sources, removes some of the excess starch so you can have crispier hash browns.
Step 3) Drain and blot dry
Another perfect job for the kids! Using a paper towel, dry your potatoes from excess moisture.
Step 4) Combine ingredients
Our typical- go to recipe includes, 4 cups shredded potatoes, 2 tablespoons of oil, a pinch of salt, and 2 eggs, whisked together.
Step 5) Fry it up
In a frying pan with enough oil or cooking spray to not stick, scoop 1/3 a cup of potato mixture and spread out with the back of a spoon or spatula to get the shape of a pumpkin. Too thin, and it might fall apart easily, but too thick, and it takes a long time to cook through. Experiment until you have the perfect width.
Step 5) Add Jack-O-Lantern Features
Cut a yellow bell pepper to decorate one side of your hashbrown, while it’s in the pan.
And that’s it! We love this breakfast with hard boiled eggs and fruit!
To make the little apple mouth, we used two slices of apple. Filled the center with peanut butter. Then, added cashews for the teeth.
Halloween Hash Browns
- 3 medium sweet potato
- 2 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium bell pepper, yellow
- 4 large egg
- 1/4 cup black olives, canned
- 2 medium apple
- 2 tablespoon peanut butter, all-natural
- 1/4 cup peanuts
- Hard boil 4 eggs; cool, peel, and slice in half lengthwise. Add sliced olives for eyes if desired.
- Meanwhile, peel and grate sweet potatoes (about 4 cups worth).
- Place shredded sweet potatoes in a large bowl, cover with cold water, and let soak for 3-4 minutes; drain, blot dry with a towel, and return to the bowl.
- Whisk remaining eggs together in a separate bowl then add to potatoes, along with salt and oil; toss to combine.
- Heat a skillet to medium-high.
- Scoop about 1/3 cup potato mixture into hot skillet and spread into the shape of a pumpkin using the back of a spoon.
- Cut face pieces from a yellow bell pepper (if desired), and press into the pumpkin to form a jack-o-lantern.
- Heat on both sides until cooked through. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.
- Slice apples into wedges. Spread peanut butter between two wedges, adding peanuts (or other nuts) to make teeth. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Serve hashbrowns alongside boiled eggs and apples. Enjoy!
Hope your kids have a safe and healthy Halloween!