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What Are Breakfast Potatoes?

By Lori Kilchermann
Updated May 16, 2024
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Various potato dishes are often served for breakfast, and they can be side dishes or entrées. Hash browns, American fries and O'Brien potatoes are some of the more common types of breakfast potatoes. Vegetables, such as onions, bell peppers and zucchini, are often added to breakfast potato dishes. Other common ingredients served in breakfast potato dishes include eggs, meat and cheese.

American fries are popular breakfast potatoes made by thinly slicing raw potatoes and frying them in butter. They can be made with or without the skins on them. O'Brien potatoes are made with peeled and diced potatoes. They are combined with minced onion, minced bell pepper and minced pimiento, and they are fried in oil over moderate heat.

Some types of breakfast potatoes are made by boiling whole potatoes, then dicing the potatoes with the skins on them. Onions and red and green bell peppers are sliced and placed in a frying pan with vegetable oil and bacon fat. After these vegetables are sautéed, the potatoes are added and cooked until brown. Breakfast potato dishes also can be made using small red potatoes that are cut into sixths and boiled until tender. The potatoes are then cooked in a skillet with vegetables and herbs, such as julienne zucchini, red onion and squash.

Hash brown breakfast potatoes are often served with morning meals and come in several forms. They can be shredded potatoes that are heaped in a pile and cooked on a grill until brown. Typically, they are turned once during the cooking process. Hash browns also can be shredded potatoes pressed into patties that are made into shapes such as rectangles or circles. The patties typically are deep fried or fried in oil until they are heated all the way through.

Breakfast potatoes also can include ingredients such as meat, eggs and cheese. Shredded hash browns can be cooked in a skillet, then topped with ham and cheese. Sausage potato casserole combines shredded hash browns with smoked sausage, onion, salad dressing and sour cream. Cheesy hash skillet features diced hash browns cooked with onion. They are topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and fried eggs.

Hash browns also are featured in cheesy ham and potato casserole. The potatoes are combined with diced ham, cream of potato soup and sour cream. The dish also includes cheddar cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. Easy, spicy roasted potatoes feature medium red potatoes that have been diced with peeled. They are seasoned with onion, chili powder and garlic, then topped with cheddar cheese.

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Discussion Comments

By whiteplane — On Apr 28, 2012

I have always preferred cubed breakfast potatoes to hash brows. I know that they are basically the exact same thing but breakfast potatoes always seem to have a spice on the outside that I think improves the flavor greatly.

I always keep a bag of them in the freezer. Most days I only eat oatmeal for breakfast but when I have more time to cook I like to make myself a big breakfast.

By tigers88 — On Apr 28, 2012

One of my favorite fast meals is to brown up some hamburger and then add frozen hash browns. Once the hash browns are cooked through I add some hot sauce and top everything with cheese. It is not gourmet food but it tastes really good and it takes less than 10 minutes to cook.

By nextcorrea — On Apr 27, 2012

There is a little greasy spoon dinner close to my house that serves the best breakfast potatoes I have ever tasted. They have a really unique take on them.

They are called cheesy browns and they are basically just hash browns mixed with a lot of cheese. The also add onions and peppers so it is almost like a hash. Served next to a big pile of scramble eggs and some thick cut bacon it is the perfect morning meal.

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