Cheesy and crispy hash browns baked to a golden brown are perfect for your next breakfast! These Baked Hash Brown Cups will go with anything you have prepared.
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Everyone has eaten hash browns at one point or another. They crispy shredded potatoes are iconic in the breakfast houses across America. So why change such a good thing?
I find it far easier to make hash browns this way. If I try making them in a skillet or on a griddle, there is something always “off” about them. Which is why I always choose to make them this way whenever my family requests hash browns.
Why is this way easier?
For starters, you mix together 3 main ingredients with some spices, place in a muffin pan, like this one, and bake. No standing over them flipping or keeping an eye on them to keep them from burning. And no extra oil!
Can I make these using shredded parmesan cheese?
Sure! I’ve used both and they are both equally as tasty. I usually use which ever one I have on hand.
What size bag hash browns?
I use a 16 ounce bag by Alexia brand. You can use whatever brand you’d like. I just find that our family prefers this particular brand.
Can I use frozen hash browns?
I would go with partially thawed. Leave the bag out on the counter for about 30 minutes before using.
If you’ve ever made hash browns you’ll know that sometimes they are clumped together. Partially thawing them out will allow you to break these clumps up.
Can I make these ahead of time?
Yes! You can simply follow the directions all the way through, being sure to cool completely. Just cover the muffin pan with plastic wrap or foil, and place in the fridge. When ready to serve, uncover and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until heated through.
OR…you can follow the recipe up until bake time, cover with plastic wrap or foil, and place in the fridge until ready to bake. Just simply remove the fridge, and bake according to the directions.
Can I freeze these?
Yes! Follow the directions all the way through, and allow to cool completely. Place the muffin pan in the freezer for two hours, to flash freeze these guys. Remove and place in a freezer safe zip top bag. When ready to eat, grab however many, place in the muffin pan, into a 350 degree preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until heated through.
What’s the best way to serve these?
Well, we find them pretty tasty as is. With the garlic, onion, and paprika seasonings, I have found that most people don’t even ask for the ketchup! These are quite tasty with an egg on top, scrambled or over easy. They pair well with sausage and bacon. If you are a sausage and gravy lover, these are the perfect vessel. Here is a great recipe for sausage and gravy to top these with.
You can have these for breakfast any day of the week, thanks to being able to make them ahead of time, which makes breakfast a breeze. They are also perfect for holiday mornings, brunches, and potlucks.
Do these serve well at room temperature?
Yes, they do. Although they are much better right outta the oven, if you are taking them to a breakfast/brunch potluck, no need to worry about heating them up when you get there. Just don’t serve them cold. They aren’t so tasty cold.
Check out these other make ahead favorites Cinnamon Cream Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin French Toast, Ham and Cheese Biscuits are studded with shredded cheese and chunks of ham! Tots and Sausage Casserole is another popular breakfast favorite.
If these sound totally yummy, you’ve got to try our new recipe for:
Baked Hash Brown Cups
- 16 ounces shredded hash brown potatoes thawed
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- dash of paprika
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and spray your muffin tin with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all of your ingredients, and gently stir, until everything is combined.
Fill up your muffin cups, pressing them down, as you fill each one.
Bake for at least 40 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. (time may vary depending on your preferences for doneness)
Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before removing them from the pan.
Top with whatever you normally top your hash browns with, and enjoy!