You'll need a deep fryer.


Some people really love McDonald's breakfast, which means that the relatively recent decision to back away from its experiment with all-day breakfast probably hit them pretty hard. In at least one case over in the UK, a customer who missed out on the Mickey D's breakfast window went so far as to call the cops over the whole thing. 

If you happen to wake up too late to get your fix, there's no need to get the authorities involved. Instead, you might be better served by following the instructions of one intrepid YouTube chef who shows just how possible it is to replicate a signature McDonald's breakfast side without having to hop in the car or open a delivery app. 

As you'll see in Ethan Chlebowski's detailed culinary how-to, it's easier and faster than you'd think to replicate the look, feel, and taste. First, the process starts with grating some russet potatoes. Helpfully, Chlebowski points out that rinsing them is really just a waste of time, at least as far as our needs are concerned. Wring out any excess moisture from the potatoes before parcooking them in a bit of oil heated up to 200ºF for six minutes. From there, add some salt and cornstarch before laying them out on a baking sheet and shaping them into that classic McDonald's oval of hash browns before letting your work in progress firm up in the freezer. 

Two hours later, the real fun begins. It's also when Chlebowski's approach to fake McDonald's magic can be shaped to fit your needs and preferences. Those hockey pucks of frozen hash browns can be baked, shallow- or deep-fried depending on what you're working with. As Chlebowski lays it out, each method has its purpose: baking is best for making McDonald's-style hash browns in bulk and shallow-frying is the best option if you just want to get one from frozen to edible in a hurry, but deep-frying is the method of choice if taste is your top priority. 

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Credit: McDonald's

The end result (ideally) is something crunchy yet fluffy in the center, making for the perfect salty, fatty companion to a plate of scrambled eggs — or a homemade McGriddle if you're feeling particularly bold.  

So while it'll probably take you longer to make some hash browns than it does McDonald's, it may be almost as fast as fast food once you consider potential delivery time. Score that one as a win for the little guy over a fast food conglomerate.