Minnesota Cooking: Hard-Fried, Shredded Potatoes
Simply Potatoes is So Easy
It's so convenient to use the Simply Potatoes seasoned, shredded potatoes. Heat your oil, open your bag, dump into pan, set your timer, flip your potatoes, set your timer, and fry to desired browned color.
Heating the oil. How does one determine when your oil is hot enough? Well, I used a piece of potato in my oil, let it heat with the oil, and when the potato was sizzling and a little browned on the bottom, I added my bag of potatoes.
- 1 bag Simply Potatoes, shredded potatoes
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- Heat 1/4 cup of oil in pan, add two pieces of potato and let heat up. When potato pieces are sizzling and browned, add your bag of potatoes.
- Spread across pan and set timer for 7 minutes. Do not move your potatoes during this time. Then, drizzle oil across potatoes and flip over. Set timer for another 8 minutes. Do not move potatoes during this time. Check temperature of potatoes to verify that the potatoes are over 160 degrees.
- Flip potatoes a few times at this point to even out browning. Serve.
Simple and Fast
The potatoes cook by themselves, almost a set it and forget it meal.
Actually, I started my pan with the oil on the stove, added my couple pieces of potato and when the potato pieces were sizzling and I flipped them over to see, they were a nice golden brown color.
I then added my bag of potatoes. Once the potatoes are in the pan, don't move them. Don't check them until your timer beeps after seven  minutes. Then, flip them over. Trust them to be golden brown. Then, after you get them all flipped over, then, set your timer for eight  minutes and leave them alone, again.
You can check your temperature of your potatoes to make sure that they are at least 160 degrees at this point. Mine ranged from 180 to 214 degrees. Then, just cook them for a few minutes more if you really like the crispy spots.