Hashbrowns with onions, garlic powder, steak seasoning, and sea salt. No oil.
$6 at the thrift store, in brand new condition
I found this quesadilla maker at the thrift store yesterday for only $6, and in brand new condition. This morning, I made shredded hashbrowns with onions and spices in it, and they were crispy and perfect! In the past, I’ve been making hashbrowns in my nonstick frying pan, but have always had to add a little olive oil spray and veggie broth, and they STILL stuck to the pan and didn’t get very crispy, the way I like them.
But, NO MORE! This little gem is SO easy–no standing there waiting to flip them, or continuously scraping down pan with plastic spatula due to sticking. I poured my frozen shredded potatoes (didn’t even defrost them), diced onion, and spices onto the warm contraption, closed and latched the lid, and 8-10 minutes later, Boom! Perfect, crispy, no-oil, no-stick hashbrowns! Note: If you put the shredded potatoes in frozen (as I do), the lid needs to be pressed down slowly, as they sizzle and defrost. It only takes a few seconds, but lid won’t readily close, without slow pressure as the potatoes melt down.
I got this idea from folks on a website I follow for plant-based, whole food, low-fat eating and cooking. Some on there suggested using a waffle maker for hashbrowns. I bought a cheap one and tried it, but there were three problems.
1. The cheap one I bought was very small, for only 2 little waffles, and didn’t even make a good 1 serving of hashbrowns.
2. It took FOREVER to cook them. The green light would come on, saying they were done, but they weren’t, even after leaving them a ridiculous amount of time. I’m sure it was due to the el’ cheapo brand I bought.
3. The stupid thing had potatoes cemented to the top and bottom. It was evidentially NOT non-stick. So frustrating! Cleaning the potatoes off, then cleaning the waffle maker was a huge pain because it’s not a flat surface, unlike the quesadilla maker. It has too many crevices in all those waffle holes.
But this quesadilla maker is PERFECT! And, I have other ideas to try in it too. I’ll let you know how it goes!