Thursday, January 28, 2010

Simple Home Fries

Simple Home Fries | Taste As You Go

If your weekdays are anything like mine, then you want to be able to enjoy your weekends and to relax as much as possible. The weekend is the ideal time to avoid setting the alarm before going to sleep and to treat yourself to something more than just a cup of coffee for breakfast when you finally do get out of bed. Thankfully, a delicious weekend brunch does not have to be a complicated affair.

Chopped Potato | Taste As You Go

For me, a satisfying brunch needs to consist of at least a surplus of crunchy, but slightly chewy, bacon and a pile of buttery home fries, in addition to the coffee. Repeated experimentation in my kitchen has finally led me to this post -- the post where I will share my simple home fries recipe. The secret is not in the ingredients (potatoes, butter, salt, pepper). Instead, it's in the cookware and in the method of cooking.

In all honesty, the inspiration for my cooking method for these home fries came to me after I watched the video "How to Make Grilled Cheese with Laura Werlin". A non-stick saute pan with a lid is the key to making your home fries crispy.

Circulon Pan | Taste As You Go

Circulon Pan | Taste As You Go

Simple Home Fries | Taste As You Go

Why? Because the lid helps ensure that the potatoes don't brown completely before they are cooked through. After all, no one wants to bite into home fries that are raw in the middle. Do you see how gorgeously golden brown those potatoes are? That's what you want!

Simple Home Fries | Taste As You Go

These home fries take no time at all to make and don't require too much fussing once you get the potatoes in the pan. If you decide to serve these alongside something like my Orange Whole Wheat Challah French Toast, then you can keep the home fries warm in a preheated 200°F oven while you prepare the rest of your meal. Just don't be surprised if you find yourself standing at the stove, eating the home fries directly out of the pan while washing them down with a freshly brewed cup of coffee because you don't want to bother with a plate.

It's the weekend -- there are no rules.

Simple Home Fries

Recipe by Michelle Rittler, Taste As You Go | Printable Recipe | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes| Yield: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a non-stick saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped potatoes and stir gently to coat in the melted butter.
  3. Reduce the heat slightly and cover the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the cover from the pan and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve immediately or keep warm in a preheated 200°F oven until ready to serve.

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