1Heat the oven to 400°F. Using a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, coarsely grind together quinoa, cumin, and salt; set aside.
2Using a food processor with the grating attachment, grate the potatoes. (Alternatively, you can use a box grater.) Remove the grated potatoes from the processor and place them in a mixing bowl.
3Let the potatoes rest for 5 minutes. Squeeze the liquid from the potatoes, one handful at a time, and place the potatoes in a separate, clean mixing bowl.
4Add the ground quinoa mixture to the squeezed potatoes and mix with your hands until well incorporated. Oil a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with olive oil and place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom, cut to fit exactly.
5Pour the potato mixture into the oiled pan and pack it down (make sure to keep it a consistent thickness). Brush the top of the mixture with some more olive oil and cover with another piece of parchment paper placed directly on the potatoes.
6Place in the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Place in the refrigerator to cool completely, about 3 hours.
7After 3 hours, remove from the refrigerator and slide a thin, sharp knife around the perimeter of the potatoes to loosen them from the pan. Flip the potatoes onto a cutting board. Trim off any crisp edges and cut into 12 equal pieces.
8Fill a frying pan with 1/2 inch of neutral oil (such as vegetable, canola, or peanut) and heat over medium heat. When the oil is hot (about 350°F), fry the hash browns until crisp and golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Drain the finished hash browns on paper towels, season with salt, garnish with chopped chives, and serve.
Loaded potato skins are a perfect package: crunchy scooped-out spud shells filled with gooey, melted sharp cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and tangy sour cream. A classic bar snack or game day food, these are great any other time too, including for an easy dinner (just add a salad if you feel the need for a little more green than what the chives bring to the table).
Molecularly Creamy Mashed Potatoes
The traditional way to make creamy mashed potatoes is to add loads of butter and cream. But that can hide the flavor of the potatoes, so in this episode of MDRN KTCHN, host Scott Heimendinger explains how a common ingredient called diastatic malt powder can be used to make incredibly smooth and creamy mashed potatoes on the molecular level. You can check out the full recipe here, and buy diastatic malt powder here. Want to learn more? Come back every Sunday for a new episode of MDRN KTCHN, and check out Modernist Cuisine's new cookbook, Modernist Cuisine at Home!