Friday night we had some VIP's visit for supper. My Daughter and her beau, and my youngest son and his fiance'. Also two grandkids. We had a fish fry and I wanted to serve potatoes but I didn't want to fry them. This is the great idea I had. I would put those already diced up, frozen 'hashbrowns' on a large cookie sheet, and spray with non stick cooking spray, and bake them. Turned out okay but the process 1/2 browned them and 1/2 dehydrated them. They were a little crunchy.
Saturday morning, I cooked a big breakfast which included the rest of the hashbrowns. I fried them in a little oil but it didn't soften them up as I had planned. It made them even harder. I turned them dark brown. Well kind of blackish brown. Well, mostly brown, but okay, a lot of black.
Everyone was polite. Up until they tasted a mouthful. Did I mention they were crispy. They made a loud crunching sound when you chewed them that was truly amazing. My bride of nearly 35 years, the one I count on to help set a good example around our children. The one who helps me illustrate, how to treat one another verbally and physically in a long term marriage, looks at me and says, "I think you're onto something here Cliff". Waiting for the obvious upcoming compliment, I say, "how's that?" She continues, "These are exactly what I'm looking for to mulch the flower bed around the house".
They made fun of me in grade school too.