Oct 28, 2011

Home Fries


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It's no secret that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day but I don't love to spend a lot of time on breakfast preparations.  I'm always really hungry and need something that comes together pretty quickly.  Whenever we go out to breakfast I like to order potatoes (unless we are going to The Flying Biscuit, then I always, always order the grits) because I don't often prepare potatoes at home for breakfast.  I do enjoy hash browns and home fries but they tend to a little labor intensive for what I like int he mornings.  I don't want to spend time shredding potatoes for  hash browns or waiting for potatoes to cook so that we can have home fries.  At least not until I realized that I could speed up the home fries process by partially cooking the potatoes in the microwave (or the night before but I'm not that organized)!  When that light bulb went off, I immediately made some home fries to see if it would work and it definitely did.

I just washed up some potatoes, poked holes in them with a fork (and accidentally stabbed  my hand), and then put them in the microwave for about 5 minutes.  While they were microwaving, I chopped my onion and got everything else ready to go.  They came together in a snap after that.  I think the best way to enjoy these is with a perfectly fried egg or soft, cheesy scrambled eggs.  

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Home Fries
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4 medium starchy potatoes, partially cooked and then cubed
2 tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more as needed
2 tbsp. butter ½ onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 1. Partially cook potatoes in the microwave by poking holes in the potatoes with a fork and cooking until they are just beginning to soften, 3 minutes at a time and checking in between or by roasting them in a 425°F oven until just beginning to soften, checking every 5-10 minutes. Allow potatoes to cool until they are able to be handled and cubed.
2. Once potatoes have been cooled and cubed, heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil. Once oil is shimmering, add the potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and allow to sit in hot pan without movement for 4 minutes.
3. Flip the potatoes with a metal spatula after 4 minutes, season with salt and pepper and allow to brown for an additional 4 minutes.
4. Add the butter. Once butter is melted, add in onion and gently stir. Cook for 3-4 minutes more and then stir in garlic, mixing carefully and allowing garlic to cook for about 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately

Good Thymes & Good Food original recipe

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