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How to Bake Hash Browns

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How to Bake Hash Browns
A plate of hash browns garnished with parsley. Photo Credit: Paul_Brighton/iStock/Getty Images

Potatoes are a versatile and customary side dish, whether served fried, sauteed or baked. While baked potatoes require lengthy cooking times in a conventional oven, shredded potatoes, or hash browns, cook quicker, due to their thin size. Frying hash browns in butter or bacon fat in a skillet is the traditional way to prepare them, but by baking them instead of frying, you can serve a healthier version of this delicious root vegetable, without sacrificing taste.

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and line the bottom of a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side up.

Step 2

Spray the foil lightly with butter flavored cooking spray.

Step 3

Spread out fresh or frozen hash browns in a 1/2 inch thick layer on the foil. Use one cup of hash browns for each serving.

Step 4

Spray the top of the hash brown layer lightly with the cooking spray.

Step 5

Bake for 30 minutes, turning the hash browns over halfway through, and re-spraying the top of the potatoes before returning to the oven for the second half of the baking time. When fully cooked, the hash browns will be golden-brown and crispy on the top. Remove them from the oven, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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