Home Fries are the perfect way to start your day because there’s nothing better than breakfast with a big ol’ helping of comfort food!
Home Fries is the savory breakfast the whole family loves, and it’s so easy to make in under 30 minutes! Russet potatoes, onions, bell peppers, and spices are the simple ingredients you need to make a dish that goes so well with eggs and toast for a meal the family will rave about.
The best part of breakfast
We all know that the perfect potato dish can take breakfast over the top or leave it feeling flat and disappointing, but these Home Fries deliver every time! Perfectly tender and seasoned, Home Fries are incredible on their own, served with a sunny side-up egg or rolled into a breakfast burrito- there’s no wrong way or wrong time to eat them. The only downside might be that you’ll never order them at a restaurant again because these breakfast potatoes are way more delicious!
Why not combine eggs and toast and make Eggs in a Basket to have with these Home Fries? Or go the sweet route and bake a batch of Cheese Danish for a memorable brunch!
Other Recipes to Serve with Home Fries
- Everyone’s favorite Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce isn’t complete with Home Fries, right?
- What’s a delicious breakfast or brunch without an amazing drink? Tropical Orange Punch is a delightful drink that is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Potatoes: Russet potatoes are the perfect potato for this recipe. They crisp well and have the best texture, so grab a few.
Veggies: Pick up a red bell pepper, a Vidalia or your favorite onion, and a small bunch of green onions.
Seasoning: For these potatoes, you will need garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper.
Oil: You will need a little canola or olive oil for the pan.
How to Make Home Fries
STEP ONE: Using a microwavable safe bowl, heat the diced potatoes in the microwave for four minutes until the potatoes are almost cooked through.
STEP TWO: In a large pan, heat the oil and fry the potatoes. Don’t forget to season them with salt and pepper! Cook the potatoes for a few minutes and then flip the potatoes, allowing the potatoes to cook more. Move the potatoes over to one side of the pan, and add a little more oil. Add the bell pepper, onion, garlic powder and smoked paprika to the pan, along with more salt and pepper, if needed.
STEP THREE: Cook the potatoes and veggies for 12-15 minutes until everything is well cooked. Sprinkle the sliced green onions over the potatoes and serve immediately.
Tips for Success
- The size makes a difference when it comes to cooking time. To cook the home fries more quickly, you can dice the potatoes into smaller pieces but be careful not to dice them too small, or they will fall apart in the pan. Larger diced potatoes will take a little longer to cook, but if that’s how you like them, it’s worth the wait.
- Try not to stir the potatoes too frequently- you want them to get that lovely crispiness from the hot pan, which can’t happen if you stir too much.
- Parboiling or microwaving the potatoes before frying them in a pan not only cuts down on how long they take to cook but also allows the potatoes to become tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, otherwise known as the perfect bite of potato! Microwaving is always faster, but you can certainly boil the diced potatoes instead. Just don’t let them cook all the way through.
Why are they called home fries?
How home fries got their name isn’t well known, but it is thought that it was a way to differentiate between diced potatoes and French fries. French fries, as we well know, are typically sliced and fried and usually more of a dinner or lunch side. Home fries are diced potatoes that have been parboiled and pan-fried with vegetables like peppers and onions. Home fries are a popular breakfast option that also differs from hash browns, which are shredded potatoes. This dish is also known as Southern fried potatoes, country potatoes or peasant potatoes.
Is it necessary to boil potatoes before frying them?
For the best texture and evenly cooked potatoes, parboiling potatoes is a must. Parboiling, or boiling the potatoes for a few minutes before frying them, allows the potato to become almost fully cooked so that when they are fried in a pan, they can crisp up on the outside while the middle cooks to tender perfection. Roasting potatoes, on the other hand, does not require parboiling because the amount of time in the oven is much longer, and therefore the potatoes have time to cook completely. Whether you fry or roast potatoes the key is always to cut the potatoes to roughly the same size, so they all cook to the same level of tenderness.
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*This post was originally posted on 08/13/2018.
- Place chopped potatoes in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for about 4 minutes, stirring halfway throughout.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of canola oil over medium heat in a large nonstick pan. When oil is heated through, add potatoes to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, then stir. Cover. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown on one side.
- Flip potatoes so the other side can be cooked. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
- Slide potatoes to one side of the pan. In the open space, place the remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the pan. Add peppers, onions, garlic powder, smoked paprika and additional salt and pepper if desired. Stir everything together. Cook for an additional 12 to 15 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached, stirring every couple of minutes.
- Garnish with green onion before serving if desired.