Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Perfect Home Fries


What do you do when you send your husband to the store for "Simply Potato" hash browns (yes, the  frozen ones in a bag) and he comes home with a 10 pound bag of potatoes? 

Make home fries!! 

I might have teased him just a little bit for this, but in the end I'm so happy that he bought the potatoes instead of the hash browns. Because seriously, how can frozen hash browns compete with russet potatoes cooked with bacon, onions, peppers, and garlic? 

The key to making perfect home fries is to partially bake/microwave the potatoes until fork tender before sautéing them in bacon drippings. This way the inside stays creamy, while the outside gets golden and crunchy. I decided to use the microwave to save time. Have you ever microwaved a potato? It is so easy! Also, don't forget to salt and pepper to taste at the end. Potatoes need lots of salt! 

Perfect Home Fries
Servings: 4

1 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes (~5 small), washed
Vegetable or canola oil
6 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley for garnish


Place the potatoes on a plate and pierce all over with a fork. Rub on a thin layer of oil. Cover with a paper towel. Microwave for 8-10 minutes, flipping over half way through, until fork tender. Set aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

In a large nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat. Once cooked, remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Leave the remaining bacon fat in the skillet and add the potatoes. Distribute them evenly over the skillet. 

Let them cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, undisturbed. Use a spatula to carefully flip them over. Continue cooking until browned on all sides. (Add oil as necessary if the potatoes look dry.)

Push the potatoes to the perimeter of the skillet. Add the onion and peppers in the center. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally. Return the bacon to the skillet and add the garlic. Cook for one additional minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

(Gluten-free option: Already gluten free. Yay!)

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