Baked Oven Hash Browns for a Group of 8-50 Guests
Hash browns are a breakfast favorite, but making them in small quantities on a griddle can be time-consuming when catering to a large group.
This scalable recipe simplifies the process by using the oven to bake multiple trays of hash browns simultaneously, providing you with more time to interact with your guests and enjoy the event.
You can even prepare these in advance and store them in the fridge overnight.
This breakfast recipe allows you to adjust the ingredients and quantities to accommodate the size of your gathering, from cozy brunches to bustling celebrations.
Also, see our Crack Barrel Recipe.
A table with precise ingredient amounts is included for party sizes between 8 and 50 people.
For large groups, sheet pan hash browns are highly recommended over other methods; see our comparison table below.
Baked Sheet Pan Hash Brown Recipe
- 1 sheetpan
- 1 box greater
- 3 lb russet potatoes
- 1 onion
- ⅓ cuo butter
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly grease a large sheet pan or line it with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- Peel the potatoes and grate them using the large holes of a box grater or the shredding attachment of a food processor. Place the grated potatoes in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes, chopped onion, vegetable oil or melted butter, salt, and pepper. Mix well to ensure even seasoning.
- Spread the potato mixture evenly on the prepared sheet pan, pressing it down slightly with a spatula to create a thin, even layer.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the hash browns are crispy and golden brown. If you notice the edges cooking faster than the center, rotate the pan halfway through the cooking time.
- Remove the sheet pan from the oven, let the hash browns cool for a few minutes, then cut into squares or rectangles. Optionally, sprinkle with fresh herbs before serving.
Here’s a table with the scaled-up ingredient quantities for 12, 20, 30, and 50 people:
|Ingredient||Serves 12||Serves 20||Serves 30||Serves 50|
|Russet Potatoes||4.5 lbs||7.5 lbs||11.25 lbs||18.75 lbs|
|Onion||1.5 large||2.5 large||3.75 large||6.25 large|
|Vegetable Oil||1/2 cup||5/6 cup||1 1/4 cups||2 1/8 cups|
|or Melted Butter|
|Kosher Salt||2 1/4 tsp||3 3/4 tsp||5 5/8 tsp||9 3/8 tsp|
|Black Pepper||1 1/8 tsp||1 7/8 tsp||2 13/16 tsp||4 11/16 tsp|
FAQ and Tips:
Can Sheet Pan Hash Browns Be Prepared in Advance?
Yes, you can prepare the grated potatoes and onion mixture up to a day in advance. Be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Give the mixture a quick stir and drain any excess moisture before using.
What Goes Well With Hashbrowns for a Large Group?
Sheet pan hash browns can be served alongside a variety of breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, or pancakes. For a more elaborate brunch, consider offering a buffet-style setup with a variety of toppings, such as sour cream, salsa, chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, and diced avocado.
Can I Add Other Vegetables or Ingredients to The Hash Browns?
Absolutely! You can customize the hash browns by adding diced bell peppers, shredded zucchini, or grated cheese. Be mindful that adding extra vegetables with high moisture content may increase cooking time or require extra draining before mixing with the potatoes.
Why Are Sheetpan and Oven Baking Hashbrowns Better for a Group
Sheetpan and oven baking hashbrowns is the way to go when cooking for a large group. It’s simply more efficient and less time-consuming than cooking on a stovetop.
You can cook a large amount of hashbrowns at once, which means less time spent cooking and more time spent enjoying your meal with your guests. Plus, the hashbrowns come out perfectly crispy and evenly cooked every time!
|Oven||– Easy for large groups||– May require multiple batches|
|– Less hands-on time||– Potentially uneven cooking|
|– Healthier option|
|– Easy to add toppings and cheese|
|Deep Fryer||– Crispy texture||– Less healthy|
|– Quick cooking time||– Difficult for large groups|
|– Limited ability to add toppings and cheese|
|Griddle||– Crispy texture||– Time-consuming for large groups|
|– Control over browning||– Requires constant attention|
|– Customizable toppings and cheese||– Limited cooking space|
|Other Methods||– Variety of methods and options||– Results may vary|
|(e.g., air fryer, skillet)||– Opportunity to explore new techniques and flavors||– Some methods not suitable for large groups|
This table provides a quick reference to help you decide which method of cooking hash browns is best for your specific needs and preferences when serving a crowd.