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Versatile Side: Home Fries

There's nothing like waking up on a weekend morning and having a late breakfast/early lunch. And if I'm eating breakfast I like it savory, not sweet. I'm more of an eggs and bacon type of girl, not a French toast and pancake type. Of course if I'm bothering to have a big savory breakfast, I gotta have home fries on the side. Crispy potatoes seasoned with onions and peppers, doused in a shower of tomato red ketchup. Man, that description gets my mouth watering! This side recipe is incredibly utilitarian because you can pair it with an omelette in the morning, a sandwich at lunch, or a roast chicken at dinner. To add it to your recipe collection,

Home Fries
From Food and Wine magazine

4 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Hot pepper sauce or ketchup, for serving

    Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender, about 15 minutes.
  1. Drain and coarsely chop the potatoes.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the vegetable oil. Add the onion and red and green peppers and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until wilted, about 4 minutes.
  3. Mix in the potatoes and press into an even layer in the skillet.
  4. Cook over moderate heat until browned and crusty on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Turn the potatoes, adding the remaining 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet as you turn, and cook until well browned, about 5 more minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve with hot sauce.

Serves 4.


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SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
i make my homefries with just onion. no peppers. lots of butter and s and p. and i serve it with eggs over easy irish sausage, black and white puddins, irish bacon, baked beans and batch bread. once a month only tho sooooo good
beesugar beesugar 10 years
Instead of boiling potatoes, you can also chop them up, put them in a glass pie pan, cover with a paper towel, and microwave (about 5 min for 2-3 potatoes). And for totally unhealthy but tasty potatoes, fry up bacon in the pan. Take out the bacon but leave the grease and fry up the potatoes in the bacon grease. Chop up the bacon. When the potatoes start getting crispy, add several eggs and scramble with the potatoes, throwing in the chopped bacon near the end.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
celebrity_soup: If you go on kraft foods website, there is a recipe very similar to this one that calls for only 1 tsp. of oil. Plus, it uses the boca sausage patties, so you get some protein, which this recipe is lacking. I tried it a few months ago, it's very yummy w/a little ketchup and hot sauce on top!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I love these!! We call them Potatos O'Brien. I have no idea why. :? But, I love these. :drool:
mississippigirl1 mississippigirl1 10 years
I'm surprised I've never heard of/eaten this, being from the deep South and all. It seems very Southern.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
oh home fries will be the death of me. i like them for breakfast with eggs sunny side up and sausage. obviously this is not something i can eat everyday.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
Could I use Olive Oil instead? Being healthier and all? BTW great recipe!
yayita yayita 10 years
Yum in Spain they seel home fries in the frozen food section. They come with little chunks of potatoe in cubes. Ham, peas, corn and egg. Very tasty and not really fatning
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