COMFORT FOOD – HOME FRIES

This ultimate comfort food has a variety of names. Cottage fries, home fries, onion fries. Breakfast fries. Whatever they’re called, it’s a way to use leftover potatoes and a staple of diner breakfasts.

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You can use leftover boiled potatoes if have some. You can even use canned potatoes in a pinch. Here’s the recipe. By nature, it is imprecise. And easy.

4 - 5 large, washed unpeeled potatoes, cubed
1 or 2 large onions, chopped
Salt
Paprika
Pepper
Garlic (chopped or powder)
Cumin or chili powder
Optional: 1 - 2 banana peppers (mildly hot Hungarian peppers)
Oil for frying.

All spices are "to taste."

You can use potatoes that are past their prime. Whether or not you peel them is up to you, but you do have to scrub them well, remove eyes and any suspicious spots. Cut them into bite-size pieces. Any shape will do, but it’s easier if the pieces are more or less the same size.

Boil the potatoes until they’re tender, but not mushy. Check after 5 minutes. Keep checking until a fork goes into the potatoes without difficulty. The smaller you cut them up, the faster they cook.

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While the potatoes are cooking, fry the garlic, onions, and peppers.  When the potatoes are ready, drain them, rinse with cold water. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Add them to the onion and pepper mix. Add spices. The paprika is for color. If you like things spicy (I do), you can use hot Hungarian paprika.

It’s done when you think it is, when it tastes the way you want it to taste, as browned as you like. Or, when the rest of the meal is ready. As long as you add oil as needed and don’t let them scorch, this dish will wait for you. Keep moving it around the pan with a spatula.

You can make more than you need. You can reheat leftovers or freeze them for one of those “I don’t feel like cooking” days. Great with eggs or any main course.



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20 replies

  1. Mmmmm….and now I’m hungry for potatoes!

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  2. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  3. Are they still home fries if you have them in a restaurant? I agree with you 100%. The key to breakfast is the taters. https://dcmontreal.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/back-when-i-was-young-in-montreal-breakfast-was-an-art-and-the-spud-was-the-canvas/

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  4. I’ve never known what home fries were!

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  5. excellent comfort food Marilyn- love them!

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  6. My mom had the best breakfast potatoes. She made extra boiled potatoes in “jackets” for dinner the night before. There would be two or three apricot sized one cold in the refrigerator the following morning. I think the starch congealed by being cooked and then chilled overnight because when she peeled, diced and seasoned them with lots of pepper the following morning they were like a desert. She cooked with butter in an ancient cast iron skillet that had become so seasoned nothing stuck to it. Yum!

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  7. Where’s the cute diner? (And now I want a big bowl of potatoes at 12:30 in the morning…)

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