Tornado Hash Brown
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
- SERVINGS: 10
This skillet-size hash brown was inspired by a side dish at the beloved Tornado Steakhouse in Madison, Wisconsin. Slicing potatoes lengthwise on a mandoline makes for long, dramatic-looking strands, although you can also julienne the potatoes in a food processor.
- 2 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into medium julienne
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 cup thinly sliced scallions, whites and light green parts only, plus sliced scallion greens for garnish
- Sour cream, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400°. In a colander, rinse the julienned potatoes until the water runs clear; drain well and pat very dry. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
- In a 10-inch ovenproof skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Remove the pan from the heat and add half of the potatoes. Return the skillet to the heat and, using a spatula, spread the potatoes in an even layer. Scatter the 1 cup of thinly sliced scallions evenly over the potatoes, then scatter the remaining potatoes on top. Using the spatula, shape the potatoes into a neat cake.
- Cook the potatoes over moderately high heat until well browned on the bottom, 9 minutes. Using a metal spatula, flip the cake, then cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned on the bottom, 5 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 12 minutes, until cooked through. Slide the hash brown onto paper towels to drain. Transfer to a plate and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with sliced scallion greens and serve with sour cream.