Thursday, March 17, 2011

Recipe: Amish Hash Browns Brazil style

Dinner time was coming close and I had no idea what I was going to make for the family.  Since I hate throwing away food, I usually look in to see what will go bad first. I had some old potatoes and collard-greens (couve in Portuguese).

Since my boys hate mashed potatoes, the weirdos, I had to come up with something else. Thank you!

I found my inspirations: Amish Hash Browns. This is particularly great since I love me some breakfast for dinner. Here's their recipe:

1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 onion, minced
1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, salt and baking powder. Add potatoes, 1/3 cup of oil, eggs and onion and mix until evenly blended.
  • Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drop heaping tablespoons of the potatoes into the hot oil, flattening slightly. Cook until browned on the bottom and then flip and cook on the other side. Keep in a warm oven while frying the rest.

Since the whole point to this was to use the ingredients I had in the house, I substituted the cornmeal for farinha de mandioca. I also washed and finally chopped my couve (collard-greens), pre-cooked them a bit with some filtered water and olive oil in a pan, and mixed them into the mixture. Nothing makes a Mom happier at dinner than her kids eating something green. 

I also cooked ONE semi-heaping tablespoon so that they weren't too big.  That also cut down frying time. 

Served with  a side of meat and BAM dinner is done!  Both kids and Mr Rant ate everything and gave rave reviews!

Wow, just one more reason to love the Amish. 


  1. Love it, we had some extra potatoes from our St.Patricks's Sheppard's pie...
    Thank you, we will have Amish Hash Browns tomorrow :)

  2. Just started reading your blog a week ago, but everyday you make me laugh. Thank you. And thank you, too, for finally helping me figure out what couve is in English. My yearly trips to Brazil with my husband to see his family always include eating couve, which I love, but couldn't figure out what it was. And my husband, who believes all things Brazilian are unique and special and the best and so on and so forth, thinks we do not have it here in the US. Now I know what to look for!