Tanya’s Famous Hashbrown Omelette

First, I have to tell you the story about how I found the Hashbrown Omelette, or if you’d like to call it, the omelette of awesome deliciousness. This omelette is a layer of beautifully cooked hashbrowned potatoes topped by a thin layer of egg, cheese, ooey and gooey, & a filling of your choice. Then, the whole works is folded over into a crispy, crunchy, on the outside, cheesy, creamy, on the inside, breakfast.

Hashbrown Omelette - Crispy Crunchy Hashbrowns surround Cheesy deliciousness!
Hashbrown Omelette – Crispy Crunchy Hashbrowns surround Cheesy deliciousness!

But on to the story: My small Iowa home-town was founded, after many disasters, by a few Irish families. My Mom told me they settled there because the land, with its easy rivers and gently rolling hills reminded them of their Irish home-land. Despite floods, harsh winters, “Indian” troubles, droughts and grasshoppers, they made a go of it. The town was even picked up and moved once or twice. Over time, they were joined by others, and the town grew but always kept its Irish flair.

So, of course, you’d expect celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, as a point of pride. It’s a rollicking good time: parades and events all weekend; family and friends flock to the area and it’s become a time of reunions and gatherings of family and friends. Houses, of course, are full of celebrants, the streets full as well, and everyone is wearing green! I wasn’t there but I watched it unfold this year through Facebook.

Brian Boru Band in front of the statue of Robert Emmet, courthouse in back. There is a chunk of the Blarney Stone embedded in the base of the statue.
Brian Boru Band in front of the statue of Robert Emmet, courthouse in back. There is a chunk of the Blarney Stone embedded in the base of the statue.

That is how I discovered the Hashbrown Omelette! Tanya, one of our hometown ladies, posted a photo! She made close to dozen, wasn’t it Tanya? Hashbrown Omelettes for her family the morning of the St. Patrick’s day parade. When someone is making that many of something, well, you know it’s a labor of love. You know it’s something so fantastic that everyone is clamoring for them. And Tanya, it seems, wasn’t going to let anyone go without! (Small towns = Big hearts.)

Immediately the comments began pouring in, from friends and family who weren’t there to eat them, reminiscing about them, asking for the recipe. Lots and lots of comments! I knew I had to find out how to make them! I knew I had to try one! Tanya and I sent several emails back and forth and she detailed out each step for me. Thank you, Tanya! Believe me, I wasn’t disappointed!

Hashbrown Omelette - Umm, NO you can't have a bite!
Hashbrown Omelette – Umm, NO you can’t have a bite!

I had a few worries, all which proved to be of no consequence. The recipe is easy, quick and no fail! It always helps to get a recipe from an expert – they guide you through any potential pitfalls. Here’s what I wondered about:

  • Would I burn the bottom? No, the hashbrown layer is spread thinly, and I had no problem cooking them through to perfection w/o any issues.
  • Would the hashbrown crack and ooze and would I be able to turn it? No problem, here, either! It was much easier than a standard omelette to turn!
  • Would they take a long time? Surprisingly quick, I turned out several in no time at all! The lid idea is genius and speeds things along!

While I wanted to try them because they looked so fantastic, it turns out they’re frugal as well. Bonus! Tanya (and I) used a grated potato, which she notes everyone likes best, but she said 3/4 cups of frozen hashbrowns will work, too.

They need cheese, and her daughter (like most kids) loves the American cheese, which is guaranteed to be oozy! Well, that’s dirt cheap, too! (I used a Muenster in mine, from Aldi, because that’s what was in the fridge, and Tanya’s son-in-law prefers Cheddar.) I think anything that melts nicely would work here!

Hashbrown Omelette - Much quicker than you'd think to make!
Hashbrown Omelette – Much quicker than you’d think to make!

Next, you add the egg (just one, two is just too much) & a few toppings – it turns out only a few toppings will fit in, so that’s inexpensive, too. Feel free to go wild with almost anything and you won’t break the bank. The possibilities, from down home to chi chi gourmet are almost endless. I can see myself riffing on these as a way to use up whatever is in my fridge. Maybe a Pizza Hashbrown omelette would be great, or Asparagus and Goat Cheese. Mushroom Swiss? I know my son would like a “Meat Lover’s” version.

If I were cooking these for a crowd, I’d consider preparing all the toppings in advance and lay them out on a tray so everyone could pick and choose what they’d like for a personalized experience. Any extra can be scooped into a salad for dinner that night.

Fiesta Friday Badge Button I party @These are so good, I’m going to post them on Fiesta Friday, an ongoing blogger’s event. Even if you just came to see Tanya’s recipe, check out Fiesta Friday Friday! Bloggers “bring” their best dishes for this weekly event and it’s a great way to show off a bit 🙂 and see a lot of different dishes and recipes. This week, it’s co-hosted by Selma @ Selma’s Table and Margy of LaPetite Casserole.

So, here is Tanya’s Famous Hashbrown Omelette, and I hope I’ve done them justice! I suspect they’ll be a new tradition at my house, and a few others, too! And for all you home-towners, Erin go Braugh! (You can see that I did kiss the Blarney Stone embedded in Robert Emmet’s statue base – I just keep talking and talking and talking, lol!) Now that I think of it, maybe I should say Hashbrown Omelette go Braugh!

Hashbrown Omelette - so crispy outside, so cheesy & delish inside!
Hashbrown Omelette – so crispy outside, so cheesy & delish inside!

Tanya's Famous Hashbrown Omelette

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: medium
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This makes one. If you’re making a lot, simply cut up enough toppings all at once. Potatoes need to be freshly grated or they’ll turn brown. A food processor makes this easy, if you don’t have one, a helper can grate and cut toppings as you cook.

    • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of butter, divided, 1 tablespoon for pan, the rest to top the hashbrowns as they cook
    • 1 medium potato with skin, freshly grated or shredded in food processor, or about 3/4 cups of frozen hashbrowns
    • 1 egg, mixed in a small bowl with milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon of milk for egg
    • 2 slices (about 2 ounces if grated) cheese of your choice
    • Toppings of choice, about 1/4 to 1/3 cup or so total
    • Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment: 12 inch skillet and 10 inch lid

Melt about a tablespoon of butter in a 12″ skillet over medium to medium high heat.

Add potato and with a spatula, flatten into a large thin circle. Leave an empty space around the outside edge of the hashbrowns and the edge of the skillet, but spread the potatoes as evenly and thinly as possible with as few holes as possible. Make sure the 10″ inch lid will fit over the top of the omelette.

Place three small pats of butter on top of the flattened hashbrowns, salt and pepper if desired, and cover with the lid. Cook until the bottom of the hashbrown is showing just a bit of browning. Note: If you haven’t done it ahead, this is an ideal time to chop up the ham, mushrooms, onions, green peppers or whatever is going inside in the omelette.

When the hashbrown has began to brown, add egg and with the bottom of a spoon or a spatula, spread and nudge it across the hashbrowns. Put the lid back on and let the egg set for a minute or two.

When the egg is no longer runny (it doesn’t have to be completely done) add a slice of cheese to the center. Fold and break the other slice into triangles and add a “point” to each side of the slice. (It will look like a four sided star.) Replace the lid and let the cheese melt slightly.

Uncover, add toppings and fold half of the omelette over on itself. Put the lid back on for just a moment so it heats through, then unlid and serve immediately.

Notes:

    • Here’s the sequence for lidding: Hashbrown and butter, lid; egg, lid; cheese, lid; toppings & fold, lid.
    • Use your eyes and your nose on this recipe, since after topping it will be difficult to see the bottom of the hashbrown. If the butter begins to smell or brown, turn the heat down a bit.
    • The full tablespoon of butter is needed in the pan for this hashbrown to properly cook. To go a bit healthier, use a tablespoon of olive oil instead, omit the butter on the top of the hashbrown, use less cheese & use lean options in the middle.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

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34 thoughts on “Tanya’s Famous Hashbrown Omelette”

  1. I tried it! This is now my family’s favorite brunch/breakfast! I had a little bit of trouble folding the omelette and keeping it together, but then I used packaged hashbrown, not fresh. So I’ll have to try it again, following the direction closely next time. And there will be a next time! 🙂

    1. I am so glad you tried it and liked it and the *fam* does, too! It’s so fantastic to have the feedback! I am altering the directions to add only about 1/2 teaspoon of milk to the eggs. It was a bit vague because it said one or two teaspoons and I noticed with a bit more milk the egg is runny enough to run off the edge of the hashbrowns easily!

      I haven’t tried it with the packaged yet, but we had these again last night for dinner — I didn’t feel like pulling out the food processor and grated by hand. The shreds were shorter and wetter and it still held together and turned well but wasn’t as “pretty” as when I run the potatoes through the food processor. Less golden and darker in color. If you have a food processor, I’d recommend it! 🙂

      1. Thanks for the tips! I have so much leftover ham in my freezer from Easter, destined to be topping for Tanya’s omelette this weekend! Yup, the family requests it! I don’t mind one bit since I love it, too. 🙂

  2. That is my mom, Tanya, you are talking about! She does make the best hashbrown omelet ever. I am so glad my husband learned how to make them for when we can’t make it home! These omelets will always be a part of our St. Pat’s Day celebration!

    1. Hi Beth! It’s so nice of you to stop by and comment – it made my day! And it is so wonderful your Mom shared the method and recipe! These “rock!” I knew as soon as I saw the facebook picture I HAD to try these!

      I can’t wait to make these for everybody I know! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! These were the best shredded hashbrowns I’ve ever made and I learned the best way to make them for this recipe. From now on, I’ll make sure not to crowd the pan and to “lid” them! I bet your son would LOVE these!

      Could you imagine these with Canadian Bacon inside and Hollandaise on the top?? Might be a sin!

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