Hash browns or hashed browns are a simple preparation in which potatoes are pan-fried after being
|Shredded hash browns, pictured with slider sandwiches|
In some parts of the United States, hash browns strictly refer to shredded or riced pan-fried potatoes and are considered a breakfast food, while potatoes diced or cubed and pan-fried are also a side dish called country fried potatoes or home fries (though many variations of home fries are par-cooked before frying). Some recipes add diced or chopped onions.
Hash browns are a mass-produced product that are purveyed in refrigerated and frozen varieties. The product is also manufactured in dehydrated form.
|Hash browns, bacon, eggs and coffee|
Originally, the full name was "hashed brown potatoes" (or "hashed browned potatoes"), of which the first known mention is by food author Maria Parloa (1843–1909) in 1888. The name was gradually shortened to 'hash brown potatoes'. Bite sized Hash Browns are small cylindrical dumplings, known as Tater Tots in the USA and Potato Gems in Australia, and are sold commercially at diners and in frozen food aisles in packets.
A chef may prepare hash browns by forming riced potatoes into patties before frying with onions
|Hash browns with eggs|
Hash browns are also manufactured as a dehydrated food, which is sometimes used by backpackers.