Hashbrowns: the history behind this delectable side dish
“Hashing” foods is a concept that has been around since the 1500’s.
As further evidence that hash browns came about earlier, the Minnesota Farmers’ Institute Annual of 1835 is the first time a hash brown recipe was printed. There were three recipes in fact, for hash potatoes, brown hashed potatoes, and brown creamed hash potatoes.
Indeed, hash browns were called hashed brown potatoes, and the name shortened over time. The term “hashed brown potatoes” was first mentioned by food author Maria Parloa in 1888.
The “hashed brown potatoes” gained popularity in New York City hotels during the 1890’s, and officially became hash browns as recently as 1970.
To further add to the confusion, the term “hash browns” was mentioned in America prior to 1970 – it was used by a character in the pilot episode of The Twilight Zone, in 1959.
Hash browns can be made several different ways, incorporating a variety of ingredients, including leftovers or whatever the heck happens to be in the fridge. A few of the popular hash brown variations are. . .chopped or cubed, patties, or “cakes”, shredded, And of course, in a casserole style