Einstein Bros. Bagels Twice-Baked Hash Brown copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Einstein Bros. Bagels Twice-Baked Hash Brown

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I’m not sure why Einstein Bros. claims there are just four cheeses in the new Twice-Baked Hash Brown when the ingredients clearly list six kinds of cheese, plus cream cheese. Regardless, the shredded Asiago, Romano, Parmesan, provolone, and mozzarella listed there can be found combined in an “Italian Blend” at many supermarkets, making for an easy start to our home clone. And don’t just be thinking about breakfast for these cheesy potatoes. They work great as a side for any meal.

In the detailed description of the new item, Einstein Bros. claims the hash browns contain two kinds of schmears, which is true, but a little misleading because one of them is just plain cream cheese. The other is onion-and-chive cream cheese, which we can make from scratch. We’ll combine those two shmears into one blend by doubling the cream cheese added to our onion-and-chive schmear formula.

Mix everything together and load the ingredients into a standard 12-cup muffin pan with circles of parchment paper cut out to fit into the bottom of the 12 cups. Without these parchment circles, the hash browns may stick and break when they’re released. You can also use paper muffin cups, if you don’t mind the less crispy, ridged sides.

Bake them the first time for 30 minutes, then cool and store. Now you have a dozen servings of cheesy hash brown potatoes that are easy to finish off by baking them a second time until crispy. They are great served with breakfast, or for dinner as your starchy side alongside beef, chicken, lamb, and many other savory entrees. 

You can also make homemade Einstein Bros bagelssandwiches, and shmears. See if I hacked your favorites here.

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Christina Klaene
Apr 26, 2020, 16:08

I haven't had the original either, but these were great as a side dish with our pork chops. The only change I made was in the method... I used Baker's Joy to spray my muffin tin, and didn't use the parchment paper/butter combo. They came right out of the pan, ready to bake the 2nd time.

Paul Plemmons
Apr 23, 2020, 06:50

Don’t know what the original version tastes like, but I love this recipe! Being nice and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside just adds to the taste! The only change I made was to just about double the pepper and I used 1 tsp of salt plus maybe a pinch more, which still didn’t over power the dish. I kept them overnight in the fridge and set some out for a bit as directed before baking. Don’t know if they can be frozen or not, but they won’t be around long enough for me to find out! The parchment paper cut outs are a great idea, but I think I’ll invest in a protractor to make the circles for future batches.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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