I was one of those who would rinse shredded potatoes of various kinds, wring them dry in a towel, microwave to partially cook, and finally place in an iron skillet, cooking with a variety of oils, butter, or nonstick spray trying to find the perfect recipe. They were good, but a lot of trouble and still "not quite right". This recipe is very easy and is the yields the best outcome I have experienced. I like either the Yukon or reds, but most any are acceptable. This is the basic recipe, but can be seasoned any way you wish.