Recipes and Cooking Smothered Hash Browns By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on January 25, 2013 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Start To Finish Time: 30 mins Servings: 6 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 recipe Perfect Hash Browns 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 8 ounce fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges 8 ounce bulk sage- or maple-flavor pork sausage 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 cup milk ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper ⅛ teaspoon salt 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 fresh jalapeño chile pepper, stemmed and thinly sliced (seeded, if desired)* Perfect Hash Browns 1 ¼ pound russet potatoes ¼ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter paprika (optional) Directions Prepare Perfect Hash Browns; keep warm. In a large skillet heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook about 5 minutes or until tender and any liquid has evaporated. Spoon over hash browns; keep warm. In the same skillet cook sausage over medium heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Sprinkle flour over sausage; stir to combine. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Season with black pepper and salt. Spoon gravy over hash browns. Sprinkle with tomato and jalapeño pepper. Perfect Hash Browns Peel and coarsely shred potatoes. Place potatoes in a large bowl; add enough water to cover potatoes. Stir well. Drain in a colander set over the sink. Repeat rinsing and draining two or three times until water runs clear. Drain again, pressing out as much water as you can with a rubber spatula. Line a salad spinner with paper towels; add potatoes and spin. Repeat, if necessary, until potatoes are dry. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to combine In a 10-inch nonstick skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and the butter over medium-high heat until butter foams. Add potatoes to the skillet, spreading into an even layer. Gently press with the back of a spatula to form a cake. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, without stirring, about 12 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown and crisp. Invert a plate over the top of the skillet. Carefully invert the skillet to transfer the potatoes to the plate. If needed, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Using the plate, slide the potatoes back into the skillet, uncooked side down. Cook about 8 minutes more or until the bottom is golden brown. If desired, sprinkle with paprika before serving. *Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water. Make Ahead: Shred potatoes as directed and place in a bowl of water. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Rinse and continue with Steps 1 through 3 as directed. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 292 Calories 18g Fat 24g Carbs 11g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 6 Calories 292 % Daily Value * Total Fat 18g 23% Saturated Fat 5g 25% Cholesterol 36mg 12% Sodium 431mg 19% Total Carbohydrate 24g 9% Total Sugars 5g Protein 11g Vitamin C 24.2mg 121% Calcium 70.7mg 5% Iron 1.6mg 9% Potassium 734mg 16% Folate, total 36.3mcg Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg Vitamin B-6 0.5mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.