Break the cold cereal cycle with these squash hash browns that can be made in advance for a quick weekday breakfast. One of our hash brown's provide 100% of the RDA for Vitamin A and about 30% of the RDA for Vitamin C (just think all those vitamins before lunchtime!)
• 1 small butternut squash, about 2 lbs
• 1/2 a small onion
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 egg
• pinch cayenne (optional)
• 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
• olive oil, about 2 Tablespoons
Trim and peel the squash thoroughly, down to the dark orange flesh. Cut off the neck of the squash (from the base) and then halve the base and scoop out the seeds and pulp. Trim and peel the onion.
Using a box grater, grate all of the squash. Transfer the grated squash into a large colander resting inside a large bowl. Sprinkle the squash with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
Separately, grate the onion, discarding any juices, to get about 1/3 cup grated onion. Add the onion to the squash and mix. Next reduce the amount of liquid in the mixture by squeezing handfuls of the squash mix over the. Ideally you want the mix to be as dry as possible.
Add the egg and mix to combine. Sprinkle in the flour, one tablespoon at a time, mix thoroughly.
Line a large plate with a sheet of plastic wrap and drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil on top of the plastic. Take about 1/3 cup of mixture at a time and form the squash into a patty, pressing firmly, then transfer to the oiled plastic. Repeat. You should get about 8 patties.
Heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pan or spray with pan spray. Flip a patty into your hand, oiled side up, then slip the patty into the hot pan. Cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes, then flip and brown the second side for another 3-5 minutes, transfer to plate to cool.
Transfer patties to an airtight container with plastic wrap in between layers and freeze.
To reheat, preheat oven or toaster to 325. Place frozen hash browns on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until heated through. Serve.