Home Fries

Home Fries

Home Fries


I think I love home fries even more than I love hash browns (and I love hash browns a lot). To me, home fries seem less greasy and you get that nice potato chunk with your fork vs the straight crispiness of hash browns. Home fries also take less hands on time to make and make (somewhat) less of a mess when frying. They are just a more forgiving side dish overall. Typically, what I do is chunk my potatoes and do the baking part while I’m cooking something else. Then as the final step I’ll do the quick fry to get them nice and crispy so they are hot for the table. If the other stuff I’m making takes longer than necessary it’s no big deal if they stay in the oven longer. 20 mins is the minimum in my experience but I’ve left them for 40 as I make something else. I like foods that are flexible like that. This is another choose your own adventure in seasoning food. I’ll make suggestions below, but I suggest you tweak it based on what they are accompanying.

Oh and one other thing, Don’t use baking potatoes for this. They don’t hold together well enough. Use red or yellow potatoes, the round kind you’d put into soup.

 

Time min 20 mins baking (depending on the size of your potato chunks) + about 5 mins frying

Does not reheat or freeze

Kid Friendly Tasks: Sprinkling on the topping at the very end.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Yellow or Red Potatoes, sliced into ½ in chunks or really however much you want. Just add more oil/toppings if needed and finish in batches.
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Seasoning suggestions

(Start with about a tsp of seasoning unless otherwise noted, toss and add more as desired. I almost always desire more cheese…)

  • ½ tsp Seasoned salt (this makes them taste like restaurant home fries)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Oregano
  • Feta Cheese
  • Lemon juice
  • ½ tsp each Coriander and cumin
  • Cilantro and lime
  • ½ tsp each Garlic & onion powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Put your potato chunks in a heavy bottom baking dish large enough to hold all of them. It’s okay if they overlap, touch or are piled on top of each other. Toss with butter, oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake approx 20 mins depending on the size of your chunks. About half way through mix everything around so it stays well coated in oil. They are done when you can easily send a fork through one.
  4. Tip the whole pan into a large heavy bottom skillet (oil and butter included) and turn the heat to high. Try not to be like me and disturb your chunks until they are really starting to brown (I can’t fight the impulse to stir and fiddle). Once they start browning well, mix and keep doing so until all sides are as crispy as you want.
  5. Top with your choice of seasoning from the suggestions above.

 

Home Fries

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