One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast are hash browns. There's nothing like biting into the combination of crispy, crunchy and soft baked texture of the potatoes with the added taste of saltiness to complete the foodgasm in my mouth.
The problem with hashbrowns is that they can be awfully greasy, and that grease causes my ass to look less than attractive in a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. SO I decided to make them in my Phillips Air Fryer.
Since the Air Fryer uses a basket to hold food items, I thought it would be a better idea to spiralize the potatoes rather than shredding them. I used the 3mm cartridge (one of the three that came with my Spiralizer) to get these long noodle-like pieces of potatoes.
Before putting the potato strings into the Air Fryer, I like to soak them in water. Soaking peeled, cut potatoes in cold water removes excess starch, which prevents the potato pieces from sticking together and adds extra crispness.
After draining the potatoes, I tossed them in avocado oil and Himalayan sea salt. Himalayan sea salt takes a while to break down and is very potent, so if you decide to use it (which I highly recommend), don't use a heavy hand, rather take a little extra time tossing the potatoes in the oil and salt.
The Air Fryer has a cheat sheet on the side to give some guidance on temps and times. I tested a few combinations and found that 270 - 300 degrees for about ten minutes did the trick. Just to be sure that they weren't over browning, I opened the drawer up at five minutes and, with a pair of tongs, tossed the potato strings a bit to give uncover any parts that hadn't browned as much.
As you can see, my hashbrowns came out with varying degrees of being "fried," just as traditional hashbrowns. The big difference is that these came out not as greasy, but tasting just as good. Foodgasm attained!
The Spiralizer comes with three cartridges. The other cartridges make wider and/or flatter strings of veggies, depending on what you're making. I might try those next time just to see how they turn out. But I think I'm going to still favor these shoestring sized bites.
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