FlavorWave/NuWave Oven Hash Brown Potatoes Recipe
I'm continuing on my experimental journey to find ways to cook traditionally fried foods in my FlavorWave oven to lower the fat and calories. No problem, I can always spot something I want to try. This time, I'm delving into breakfast. My husband was cooking breakfast the other day and pulled out some hash brown potatoes. As I watched him load up the frying pan with oil to fry the potatoes, I thought, hmmm, this looks like a perfect opportunity to see what my FlavorWave can do.
I had no idea where to start. The actual times and temperatures to cook food in a Wave oven seems to be a secret. The cooking chart I have says 400 degrees for 25 minutes for potatoes cut in 2 inch cubes. Since I know food cooked in my oven needs to be turned over for even browning and my hash browns are shredded, not cubed, I didn't even want to start with their suggestion. And their cooking chart is just that, a suggestion. The chart says that the cooking times and temperatures are not meant to be recipes and they are just guidelines. That's fine. If they told me exactly what to do, I wouldn't be able to conduct my Flavorwave oven cooking experiment.
With my initial research done (which was checking for what the chart says, and then disregarding it), I was ready to venture out and try to cook hash browns in my Flavorwave.
I realized that since I was not frying the potatoes, they may tend to be somewhat dry. So I tried to think of what I could add to them to enhance the flavor and keep them moist, but also somewhat crispy like fried hash browns. I tried many different times and temperatures. And added and subtracted a lot of ingredients. Ultimately I ended up adding 2% cheddar cheese and fat free sour cream to come up with the recipe below. Of course you can add or subtract any of the additional ingredients depending on your taste, and use regular cheese and sour cream if you like.
Flavorwave Hash Browns Recipe
For this recipe you can use any kind of shredded potatoes you like as long as they're not frozen (refrigerated, reconstituted, or fresh). Also, I used the griddle plate on top of a two inch high rack.
1 bag shredded, refrigerated hash browns (Simply Potatoes, etc.)
2/3 cup sour cream (I used fat free, but could use light or regular)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (I used 2%, but could use regular)
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a large bowl, stir all of the ingredients together. Spray griddle plate with cooking spray. Spoon potatoe mixture onto the griddle plate and smash down with a spatula until evenly spread. Spray cooking spray on top of the potatoes. Cook at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Turn over, spray the top of the potatoes with cooking spray, and cook an additional 6 minutes. When you turn them over, move them around on the plate to move the outside portions more toward the center. They tend to get down a little more done around the edges.
That's all there is to it. The consistency will be almost the same as it would be if they were fried, they are delicious, and you can really taste the ingredients instead of grease.