The scoop on this recipe…
When I think of the ideal American weekend breakfast, potato hash browns immediately come to mind. That aroma fills the kitchen and wafts through the rest of the house, rousing sleeping family and friends, as if to say, come! Awake without dread! The weekend is here!
I never made hashbrowns much in the United States, but it has become one of our favorite options for weekend mornings here in Brazil. With a generous helping of onions and garlic, my version tells a little of my expat story and how I’ve been influenced by Brazilian cuisine. When I want to relax and savor that special mood of a weekend morning, I make these. I take my time chopping everything. I’ve usually got pancakes going too. Once the hash is in the skillet, I curl up on the couch and savor opportunity to start the day at a slow pace. Quite a Brazilian way to cook, if I say so myself. It’s nice not to be in such a rush sometimes.
Hashbrowns made from scratch are edible proof that, as the saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait.” They aren’t a dish to whip up when you’re pinched for time. But my! are they delicious! And the longer they sizzle, the better they get! They brown more, the flavors blend, the potatoes tenderize to the point of melting in your mouth. It is the perfect breakfast for a day where you just want to forget about deadlines and lean into that vacation mode where you have all the time in the world… at least for the next 24 hours.
For the love of life and breakfast! Potato hash browns please…
What I mean to say is, don’t we all need a break every now and then? Or more often than that? A little rest is good for the soul. And when I say rest, I don’t mean laziness. I mean being intentional about taking time to slow down, reflect, and plan. Vacation, for me, also means going long enough without something pressing to do that I become a little bored. The best creative results come from slowing way down to the point of boredom! This is when our thoughts come out to play and creativity strikes.
Fear of scarcity, emptiness, and boredom actually prevent us from experiencing the best of our relationships with ourselves, others, and God. Sometimes silence helps us connect.
On these slow mornings, when we take our time with breakfast, my husband joins me in the kitchen and we talk while we wait for the food to finish. Although seeming ordinary and simple such mornings with pancakes and potato hashbrowns make some of my favorite memories. My hope is that this recipe also brings you the nourishment and rest you’ve been seeking.
Breakfast Potatoes Hash
An American breakfast classic with a Brazilian twist! These hash browns are a great addition to your rustic weekend brunch.
- 4 large Potatoes
- 2 medium Onions
- 1 Head of Garlic
- 2 medium Green Bell Peppers
- 2 Tablespoons of Butter
- Salt and Black Pepper to taste
- Step 1 Wash and dice the potatoes, onions and peppers into 1/4 – 1/3 inch cubes. Peel and mince the garlic.
- Step 2 Toward the end of cutting prep, preheat a 12 – 15 inch skillet on high heat.
- Step 3 When your pan reaches smoking point, add the butter, quickly moving it over the whole surface using a fork or spatula.
- Step 4 Slide the potatoes, onions, peppers, and garlic into the skillet. Mix around until the hash is evenly coated with butter.
- Step 5 Now spread it all out over the pan and let it sizzle without stirring for a few minutes. Then stir and spread out again. Repeat this until the hash browns start to turn tender and golden. You’ll know the potatoes are cooked well when you notice that their edges are more rounded.
- Step 6 Time to add seasonings! Mix in your salt, pepper, and any other additions and let the hash brown up a bit more.
- Step 7 Once the hash is browned and tender according to your preference, serve it hot with pancakes, scrambled eggs, waffles, toast, or just enjoy it all by itself!