Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mama's Home Fries

Growing up, I loved home fries.  My dad and I would occasionally go out to a cheap, "greasy spoon" and get breakfast together.  We often requested to eat home fries at home, but it takes a lot of time and effort to make them.  Since then, my mom has found a short cut, so we both make them often in our homes now.

This is a great potato dish to make when . . . say . . . you didn't plan far enough in advance to make potatoes that take a long time! 

Mama's Home Fries

Baked potatoes
diced onions (opt.)
diced green peppers (opt.)
salt and pepper

1. Wash the potatoes then puncture them with a fork all over.  This will keep them from exploding from the buid-up of steam.

2. If your are going to bake them in the oven, wrap them in aluminum foil. If you have a wonderful "Potato" button on your microwave like I have, you can wrap them in a paper towel.  Potatoes bake in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  It usually takes about 7 minutes in the microwave.

3.  Add a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of oil to a NON-STICK pan.  When potatoes are done cooking, warm pan on medium high heat.  If you want to add fresh onions and peppers, saute them at this point.  If you don't add fresh onions, you may want to sprinkle potatoes with onion powder or minced onion after they are added to the pan.

3.  CAREFULLY cube up the potatoes leaving the skins on. You can wait for them to cool down until they are easier to handle.  (Don't let the pan get too hot.  You can wait to heat up your pan if you prefer.)  Add potatoes to hot pan as you cut them.

4. Brown potatoes to desired color, turning and adding more oil/butter as needed.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve & enjoy!

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