Before our son was even conceived let alone a plan, my husband and I started to refer to our one-day-future-child-to-be as our little tater tot (tater for short). We continued this after we found out we were pregnant last year and after finding out we were having a boy. Using it so much so that people wondered if that would be his name in some way or if we had even chosen a name yet or maybe we were keeping it a secret. Truth is we had a name picked out also before conceiving but tater had become the name we used to talk to and about our little guy and we loved it. But my husband and I are also big fans of nicknames so maybe this is weird…we don’t care though! I will admit it did feel weird to call him Jackson while in my belly and even after he was born but I converted quickly.
Even so, he’s still our little tater and as I thought about how to celebrate my husband’s first father’s day as a daddy, it struck me how fitting it would be to make him something with “taters.” Now, my husband is a huge fan of breakfast so my idea was quickly born – loaded taters (hash browns) with a fried egg, bacon, and all his favorite flavors. So whether you treat your baby’s daddy to a father’s day feast or just love breakfast, try this next weekend…it won’t disappoint!
Loaded Taters (Hash Browns)
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 1 ½ pound, Russet potatoes, peeled and shredded
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ – ¾ teaspoon creole seasoning (we use Tony Chachere’s)
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Pam cooking spray
- While you prepare the potatoes, heat up your waffle iron.
- Use paper towels to absorb the extra moisture from the shredded potatoes.
- Once dry, add potatoes, spices, and cheese to a bowl. Mix well.
- Spray hot waffle iron with Pam cooking spray to prevent the hash browns from sticking.
- Add potatoes to the individual sections on your waffle maker, making heaping piles. Close lightly.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes to get a nice crisp.
- Then, push the waffle iron closed and cook for another 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove and transfer to a plate.
- Load up your hash brown with your desired toppings.
Toppings: We did crispy lardons, fried egg, and a quick homemade salsa but there are many more possibilities.
You can really get creative with these hash browns. Change up the seasonings and load up different toppings for a variety of options.
- Bacon strips or ham
- Avocado hash-toast
- Eggs (scrambled, fried, poached)
- Pizza with cheese and pepperoni
- Bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo
- Arugula, pesto, mozzarella, and tomatoes
- Loaded nachos with ground beef, cheese, salsa, sour cream, olives, jalapeños, etc.
- And much more!
Happy Father’s Day from our little tater!
We also enjoyed some blue velvet cupcakes topped with bow ties for dessert.