Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quick and Easy Home Fries

When I think of fried potatoes I think of Saturday mornings with my dad.

 Every Saturday morning my mom would stay in bed reading her book and my dad would get up, watch cartoons with us, and then make pancakes and- often- fried potatoes.
Looking back from the perspective of a mother myself now I'm pretty sure they must have had some kind of a deal about Saturday mornings where my dad did the heavy lifting and my mom got to relax.
This is a deal I want in on.  I must speak with my husband about this ASAP.

Saturday mornings were dad time and healthy food was not on the menu.  This was time from Zack Morris and syrupy pancakes.  I miss the 80's.  :-)

Anyway, so I honestly don't make fried potatoes very often and when I have they've taken forever to cook and I've sort of winged it with mediocre results.  Fairly disappointing- if a potato can ever be truly disappointing.

Last week I had just gotten the kids fed, I was in the middle of making no less than four dishes for the company we were expecting, and my husband wrote asking what we were having for dinner.

I don't recall what we were having, but I do remember his next question- "what are we having with it?"

Ugh.  I definitely had not planned a side dish.  I asked what he wanted to have with it.

His answer?  Home fries.

Well, that was unexpected. 

I quickly grabbed my phone and searched for a recipe- seemed simple enough.  I had potatoes on hand because of those mashed potatoes I made recently and the recipe I found couldn't be more hands-off once the potatoes were peeled.  I was able to just let those potatoes do their thing while I kept working on food for our guests who were already on their way.

Long story short?  Whether you're serving these on a Saturday morning with breakfast or a weekday night with comfort food, these home fries are simple and delicious!

3 medium russet potatoes, cubed
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse potato cubes with cold water, and drain well. Melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Place potatoes in the skillet, and stir to coat with butter. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

2. Cover with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, and cook for another 10 minutes, turning frequently until brown and crisp on all sides.

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