Sunday, February 8, 2009

Home Fries

Home fries are a Sunday brunch favorite at my house. Perhaps it's because they're savory and filling and heavy enough to satisfy the serious hunger of such late breakfasting, or perhaps it's because they do such a good job of stamping out symptoms of a hangover (paired with coffee, of course). It always feels like this dish is taking forever while I'm making, but it's really only about 30 minutes from prep to finish. I blame the aforementioned hangover.

If you happen to be making bacon for the same meal, you can make that in the same pan before you start the potatoes and they'll be extra crispy and flavorful, though certainly less healthy. Of course, I'm not the kind of girl who lets a thing like that get in the way of a perfectly delicious breakfast.

Home Fries
serves 3 to 4, prep time 30 mins

1/2 of a small onion, chopped or diced
1 tbsp butter
1 to 2 tbsp olive oil
3 potatoes, cut into roughly-1/2" chunks
1/3 cup water
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp mustard powder (optional but yummy!)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and olive oil and throw in the onions. Sautée for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and clear. While the onions are cooking, microwave the potatoes on a plate for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, water and seasoning to the skillet, stirring well to evenly coat the potatoes in spices.
Continue to stir the potatoes occasionally as you sautée another several minutes until the potatoes are brown and crispy, adding a little oil along the way if the mix looks too dry.


  1. Yum. I made these and they're exactly what I was looking for.

  2. Very good recipe. I added mild chili peppers (canned and diced) and bellpeppers for a nice southwest taste.

    Potatoes take a long time to cook.

    From a Gentleman in California