EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated December 2018 with updated information about our experience with different cooking methods.
We have previously sung the praises of Aldi’s good impersonation of a fast food breakfast. Aldi has all of the components for a quality hot first meal, including a few options for bacon, good bread for toast, and some truly excellent sausage.
In the hash brown category, Aldi delivers a couple of Regular Buy options. One is shredded hash browns, which can be cooked in the skillet to give your meal a Bob Evans-style look. Alternatively, you can grab these hash brown patties out of the Aldi frozen section:
Either form of hash brown is a good option for breakfast, but we think the patties hold an edge over the shredded variety for two reasons. One, the patties cook up with a little less fuss and attention. Two, the portions are more clear, so it’s easier to figure out how much to make.
So let’s talk about the patties.
Making them is not hard, although, depending on your method, they can take a little time. If you have and use a deep fryer, they take no more than the time to heat the oil plus a few minutes.
If you use the other listed method, an oven, it will take longer. We’ve noticed over the years that Aldi hash brown patties have gone through tweaks in their oven baking instructions. As of December 2018, they take 15-20 minutes cooking at 450 degrees. Even so, be sure to read the directions carefully, expect the hash browns to take a little bit of time if you use an oven, and expect to flip them once during the process.
We’ve used both the oven method and the deep fryer method. Deep frying them tastes fantastic, and about as authentic to a restaurant hash brown as you’ll find. Baking is a close runner-up; they’re crisp and they taste excellent. Baking is probably a bit healthier for you, so it is generally the method I recommend.
Like most hash browns, they benefit from a little seasoning. I like to sprinkle a bit of salt on mine, but you can season them in all kinds of ways, and they are marvelous alongside eggs.
Season’s Choice Hash Brown Patties are simple to cook and they taste great. A perfect addition to any hot Saturday morning breakfast. Just be sure to read the directions carefully, as Aldi does change them from time to time. Otherwise, highly recommended.