Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development


Loaded Hash Brown Packets


Loaded Hash Brown Packets



Idaho hash brown potatoes form a crisp, crunchy packet for tomatoes, corn and queso fresco. A fried egg and dollop of chimichurri complete the dish. This summery mix can morph into heartier combinations, such as grilled steak, pepper, onions and provolone.


  • 6 pounds frozen Idaho® hash brown potatoes
  • Butter for hash browns

Tomato-Corn Filling (recipe follows):

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 cloves garlic very thinly sliced
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes halved (about 3 cups)
  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen corn kernels about 2 cups
  • 12 ounces queso fresco crumbled


  • Fried eggs
  • Chimichurri sauce prepared


  1. Per serving: Spread 8 ounces hash browns on hot, buttered flat top. Season potatoes with salt and pepper. Cook with additional 2 tablespoons butter, turning until potatoes are cooked through and starting to brown.
  2. With edge of spatula, press/mold potatoes into a 4 x 8-inch rectangle, about ½-inch thick. Cook until bottom of the potatoes is golden brown.
  3. Place about 1/3 cup tomato filling and 1 ounce (1/4 cup) queso fresco on one-half of the potatoes. Fold remaining half over filling. Slide onto serving plate. Top with sunnyside-up fried egg and 2 tablespoons chimichurri sauce.

Tomato-Corn Filling

  1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Lightly toast garlic, stirring frequently, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and corn. Cook over medium-high heat, shaking pan several times until tomatoes just start to collapse and corn in lightly toasted. About 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm or reheat for serving.


Courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission

About The Author