Loaded Taters | Father’s Day Breakfast

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

 Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  • 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.

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