I just had to pass this along to readers who like to cook. Dance-caller 7-Letter Deborah posted this recipe on her Facebook page; I tried it tonight and the result was my first successful attempt to make hash-brown potatoes:
Peel and shred 3 potatoes (1 lb). WRING OUT in a cloth towel (this is the key). Toss w/ 1/4 t of salt and 1/8 t pepper. Heat 1/2 T butter in large skillet, distribute potatoes and PRESS HARD w/ spatula (also key). Fry on 1 side w/o stirring for 6 min, slide onto plate. Melt 1/2 T butter and fry on other side, pressing again, for 5 minutes. So yum!
I had to restrain myself: I kept wanting to put diced onions, chopped chile peppers, and garlic in this recipe, but I felt it would be better to cook the basic recipe first.
The key element of the recipe, I’ve concluded, is using a towel to remove moisture from the grated potatoes.