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Just days ahead of the release of her long-awaited next cookbook, Modern Comfort Food ($21.51 on Amazon), our quarantine queen Ina Garten took to Instagram to share a brilliant brunch upgrade we can't wait to recreate.

And her fans agree, chiming in through the comments to say, "please adopt me, I want to be your protégé," and "INA KNOWS BEST! ❤️"

For "the easiest and most delicious hash browns you'll ever make," according to Garten, use a waffle iron. (We're big fans of this Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker, $99.99 on Amazon)

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The appliance will help you score a crispy exterior and creamy interior. The best part, though, Garten says? "No splatters on the stove!"

The complete beginner-friendly recipe for Waffle Iron Hash Browns can be found on the website of the chef, author and entertainer extraordinaire. It calls for just five ingredients (plus salt and pepper to taste): peeled russet potatoes, a yellow onion, butter, an egg and a spoonful of flour.

Once you've rounded up your ingredients, grate those spuds and squeeze out the extra moisture. Next grate the onion and give it a good squeeze as well, then combine those two with the rest of the ingredients except for the butter. That comes in to grease the waffle iron. Griddle up ⅓ cup of that potato mix and cook until crispy. That's it!

We can think of so many tasty ways to enjoy this quick and easy breakfast recipe (or breakfast for dinner, if you prefer):

  • Use two as the "bun" for a breakfast sandwich with an egg, avocado and tomato.
  • Swap a hash brown for the English muffin in Eggs Benedict.
  • Eat alongside an omelet.
  • Top with leftover grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken for a unique riff on chicken and waffles.
  • Put an egg on it and top with a scoop of basil pesto or salsa.

BTW, you might want to keep that iron handy to make a batch of Garten's overnight Belgian waffles the next day...