Well, it turns out I don’t have to worry about solving this moral dilemma yet, nor do I have to worry about being recruited for Operation Covert Squash…
My daughter came into the kitchen and saw me grating potatoes and excitedly asked if I was making hash browns. I told her I was and asked her to get me a yellow squash and zucchini so I could add them. She was appalled and asked in horror if I was really going to “ruin perfectly good hash browns by adding squash”.
And then I remembered that I was talking to the individual who clings to her dislike of summer squash. “Oh, I forgot that I was going to sneak in the yellow squash and then when you said you liked the recipe I was going to say, surprise they have squash in them”. She shook her head and said, “way to keep a secret mom” and walked away without getting me the needed squash.
If your children do not like squash and you want to be covert about adding them to your hash browns, peel the squash, before grating so the color of the skin doesn’t stick out from the color of the potatoes. If your family likes squash, or if you have already given away your secret, leave the skin on the potatoes and the squash. The skin adds color, nutrients and cuts down on the time involved in preparing the vegetables.
My daughter came back and asked if she could “try the hash browns made with the ingredient I’m not supposed to know about”. She said that she liked them better than regular hash browns and described them as more flavorful and went back for seconds. She could tell I was pleased, maybe because I exclaimed with delight “I knew you’d like them!” (need to work on my sneakiness). She leveled me with a glare and said, “I admit that your hash browns with squash taste better than regular hash browns, but I still think you over-utilize squash in your recipes each summer”.
Yep, definitely have to work on developing my sneaky!
Hash Browns with Summer Squash
Adapted from The Fastest, Easiest, Crispiest Hash Browns 
Yield – 8 servings
Preparation Time – 5 – 15 minutes depending on whether you have a food processor
Cooking Time – 10 minutes
- 1 pound red potatoes, grated
- 1 medium yellow squash, grated
- 1 medium zucchini, grated
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (how to make seasoned salt )
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- If you have a food processor, run the potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, onion, and garlic through it on the grate setting. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a box grater to grate the vegetables.
- Squeeze the excess moisture from the vegetables. (Removing the liquid is essential to making crispy hash browns ).
- Add the seasoned salt and pepper to the vegetables and stir to thoroughly combine.
- Add oil to a largest skillet you have. Spread the hash brown mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Cook over a medium high flame until the bottom is crispy, approximately 4 – 6 minutes. Then flip and cook until the other side is crispy, approximately 4 – 6 minutes.
If you have a waffle iron, you can try cooking the grated vegetables in it. Brush or spray with oil. Place 1/2 cup of grated veggies over each square on the waffle maker. Spread evenly over the bottom of the waffle maker, lock the lid down, and cook for 8 – 10 minutes or until the hash browns are crispy and cooked through.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Carrots, beets, eggplant?!? The possibilities for sneaking veggies into breakfast are endless!