Hash browns contain the four essential food groups: meat, fat, potato and salt. They are not for the heath-conscious or at least should be taken in moderation. I was never given a written recipe, I just go from memory. This is a meal that I have enjoyed since I was a child.
Alternatively, the beef can be mixed half-and-half with bacon. I like to use the uncut bacon so I can cut it into large (about 1/4 inch) cubes.