OK, I broke my "cardinal" rule of not modifying a recipe when I try it for the first time. I added only maybe 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion, omitted the flour, and also added 3 Tablespoons of mayo (as I saw in another recipe), and a 15 oz can of corn, well drained. I used the ready-made 20 oz package of shredded Hash brown potatoes from the refrigerator section (Simply Potatoes). Mixed everything and it was REALLY wet and loose and I was afraid that it would never hold together. I formed it into 4 large patties about 5 inches in diameter and one inch thick on a heavily buttered pizza pan that fits on my gas grill. Covered it tightly with foil and put on the grill over medium-high setting for 10 minutes, removed the foil and flipped them, then loosely re-covered with foil for 10 minutes. My fear that they wouldn't hold together was completely unfounded. I think the secret to having them stay together is to not try to do ANYTHING until the first side is well browned. They came out looking really great, but they were bland. I think I should have used a whole onion, as the recipe states, and I don't think the mayo did anything significant except add fat calories. I'm going to try this recipe again, only sticking more closely to the instructions as written. Very aesthetic results, just need to jazz up the flavor a bit for my taste. Thanks for a solid recipe, will definitely be going back to this one again, especially to do on the grill for Summer cooking.
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OK, I broke my "cardinal" rule of not modifying a recipe when I try it for the first time. I...