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Crispy Hash Brown Potato Pucks

By Chuck Underwood @brandnewvegan

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Potato Patties?  Potato Haystacks?  Little Round Mounds of Potatoes?

I prefer to call them Crispy Hash Brown Potato Pucks myself, because they remind me of …well… little hockey pucks!

Only amazingly crispy, fat-free, super yummy, full of potatoey goodness Hockey Pucks if you please.

First of all, I have to give credit to one of the FB Groups I belong to – as they originally posted this recipe from Minimalist Baker.  I thought, “Man, those sure look good”.  And knowing how potato crazy many of my readers are – including myself – I knew right then and there I was going to HAVE to try it.

But after looking at the recipe I realized instantly I was going to have to work my magic to Veganize them a bit.  Oh I’m sure Dana’s are amazing as well, but here at Brand New Vegan – we don’t do butter – even Vegan butter….so the challenge was set.

So yesterday I set off to conquer the mighty fat-free potato puck.

The results?

Oh my – if you love my Oven Baked French Fries you are going to HAVE to try these!

‘Nuff said.

Crispy, Fat-Free, Hash Brown Potato Pucks

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  • First of all – after looking at MB’s recipe, I knew the butter had to go, so I used a Flax Egg in its place to bind everything together.
  • Next – I knew I wanted to use Frozen Hash Browns instead of fresh – just to make this easy for everybody.
  • I also left out the corn (my girls HATE corn – can you imagine?) and replaced it with some canned Green Chiles for a little flavor boost.
  • I then added the same spice mix that I use for my Crispy, Fat-Free, Oven Baked French Fries that everyone is so crazy about.
  • And finally, although I love the Muffin Tin idea, my first attempt at using a Muffin Pan and little sheets of parchment paper left my potato pucks with a texture of potato pudding, instead of the crispy, hand-held, finger food that I was after.
  • So I used a baking sheet instead and hand formed my little ball of starchy-goodness myself – much better.

In fact – perfection.

These little guys are GOOD!  

And so easy to make too – just a few everyday ingredients and about 45 minutes is all you’ll need.

The Prep

mrs dellsYou’ll need some Frozen Hash Browns.

I like Mrs Dells – where the only ingredient is POTATOES.  That’s it.  No sodium, no preservatives, just potatoes.  I found mine at WAL-MART.

Pour 3 cups of these frozen hash browns into a large bowl and allow them to thaw.  You can also use your microwave to speed things up, just defrost until thawed.

Now add a 7oz can of chopped Green Chile, 1 Tbs of Corn Starch, the spices, and a Flax Egg.

You can make a Flax Egg by mixing 1 Tbs of ground Flax Seed in 2 ½ Tbs of hot water.   After about 5 minutes it will turn kind of gelatinous like a raw egg.

Mix this all together and then using your hands – form 12 little potato balls.  I used about 2 Tbs per ball.

Space them evenly on a parchment lined cookie sheet and smash them down a little bit.

A little last-minute seasoning (I used Garlic Salt) and into a 375° oven they go for 20 minutes.

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After 20 minutes, turn up the oven to 450° and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Lastly, after 10 minutes has passed, switch your oven over to BROIL and bake for 5 minutes to crisp up the tops and edges.

Allow to cool for a few minutes and they should peel right off the parchment paper with no sticking at all.

Now – what you dunk them in is totally up to you – I’m a ketchup guy myself…..mmmmmmmm.




Save Print Crispy Hash Brown Potato Pucks

Prep time:  5 mins

Cook time:  35 mins

Total time:  40 mins

Serves: 12 Pucks

Crispy Hash Brown Potato Pucks Potato Patties? Potato Haystacks? I prefer to call them Crispy little Hash Brown Potato Pucks of starchy goodness myself.... Ingredients
  • 3 cups frozen Hash Browns
  • 7oz can Chopped Green Chile
  • 1 Tbs Corn starch
  • 1 Flax Egg
BNV French Fry Seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Thaw 3 cups of frozen hash browns in a large bowl
  3. Prepare Flax Egg by mixing 1 Tbs ground Flax Seed and 2½ Tbs hot Water.
  4. Allow Flax Egg to gel for 5 minutes then add to thawed potatoes.
  5. Add Chopped Green Chiles, Corn Starch, and all the seasoning and mix well.
  6. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup
  7. Using your hands, form 12 equal sized potato balls and space evenly on the cookie sheet.
  8. Smash the tops down a little to form little pucks.
  9. Add an extra shake of salt and pepper if desired
  10. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes
  11. Increase heat to 450 degrees F and bake for an additional 10 minutes
  12. Set oven to BROIL and bake for 5 minutes to brown tops.
  13. Allow to cool and enjoy!
Notes Adapted from Minimalist Baker's Hash Brown Haystacks Recipe. 3.5.3208
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