Cooking On A Budget: Home Fries 101

Monday, November 12, 2012

Home Fries 101

Home fries are the staple to a great breakfast meal. Breakfast is one of the meals I love eating out when I get to travel. I have had some really good home fries and some really bland, awful ones.
The home fries we make at home are packed with flavor, inexpensive to make and easy to put together.
Just at the point when you don't have a clue what to make for dinner, a breakfast meal might be in order.
I had some kielbasa in the freezer, eggs in the refrigerator and the only items I needed to purchase were the potatoes and one large green pepper. Easy on the budget.
The perfect accompaniment to eggs and kielbasa, home fries round off an entire breakfast for dinner meal. Use home fries as a side dish with just about anything - pork, poultry or fish.

  • 1 1/2 lb. red potatoes - small ones (cut in half)
  • 1 large green bell pepper - diced (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 large sweet onion - diced (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. oil (canola or vegetable)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • granulated garlic to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • paprika to taste
  1. In a sauce pot with cold water, add in the halved potatoes.
  2. Bring the water just up to a bubble and set a time for about 5 minutes.
  3. Let the potatoes boil for 5 minutes, drain and cool completely.
  4. In the meantime dice the green pepper and onion.
  5. Take the cooled potatoes and cut into bite sized pieces.
  6. In a deep skillet or fry pan, melt the butter and oil over moderate heat.
  7. Add in the diced potatoes and stir.
  8. Next, sprinkle in the dry spices to taste and stir.
  9. Over moderately high heat, crisp the potatoes to a golden brown. Remove to a bowl.
  10. Turn the heat down to medium  and add in the onion and green pepper.
  11. Stir and cook until the onion and green pepper have softened. Add the potatoes back to the pan.
  12. Taste for additional seasonings and adjust as necessary.

You should have a pan of absolutely crunchy and well seasoned home fries.

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