This recipe is from Shirley McNevich's Mom's Best Recipes Vol 5. Published here with her permission.
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(by Shirley McNevich)
3 red potatoes (wash and peeled)
salt and pepper to your taste
oil or lard for frying
Wash and peel the potatoes, then grate them with a large grater over a large
bowl. Once you've grated all of the potatoes, rinse them with cold water while
they are still in the bowl. After rinsing, dump the potatoes into a colander and
move the colander back and forth a bit to get them as dry as you can. Place
some paper towels on your counter and spread the grated potatoes out on
the paper towels--pat them lightly to drain the rest of the water. In a cast iron
skillet over medium heat add oil/lard--once pan is greased add a heaping
tablespoonful (or more) of the grated potatoes to the skillet and press the
grated potatoes FLAT using a spatula. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top (to
your taste). Cook until the bottom side is COMPLETELY golden brown
before using the spatula to flip and cook the other side. If you try to turn them
too early they will fall apart. Repeat with all grated potatoes. Place cooked
hash brown patties on paper towels to drain some of the oil/lard. Add more
salt/pepper to your taste.