Weekend breakfasts are a glorious thing. I love having the time to make a good breakfast, and one of my favorite things are these breakfast potatoes. These quick and easy home fries are the perfect dippers for fried egg yolks, exceptional accompaniments to eggs and toast, and beef-up-your-breakfast-so-you-don’t-need-lunch sides. My boyfriend absolutely demands that I make them whenever we eat breakfast together, as he says they “warm him from inside”. Seems like a bold statement? Make them yourself and report back! You know… for science :]
Home Fries (Hashbrowns/Breakfast Potatoes)
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 2 potatoes (Russet or plain Baking potatoes), rinsed and dried
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder
- 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 2 teaspoons Paprika (I like to use good Sweet Hungarian Paprika)
- 2 Tablespoons Bacon Fat (I keep mine in a jar in the fridge, and top it off every time I cook bacon. If you don’t have any, cook some bacon to go along with your potatoes. Or add more olive oil)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
First, dice your potatoes fairly fine. Don’t bother removing the skin, I like the texture that it has when left on. To dice the potatoes, I like to cut it in half lengthwise first, cut into 1/8″-thick strips, and then dice into thin pieces. The key is to cut all of them about the same size, so that they cook evenly. Add oil to a large frying pan and put over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add the potatoes.
Season the potatoes with salt, pepper, and other spices. Mix to incorporate. Allow the potatoes to sautee for about 8 minutes, until they start to get fairly tender. If they start to get too dark on the outside, turn the heat down to medium so that the insides can cook through.
Add the bacon grease. Once melted, mix to coat all potatoes, and then cover with a lid for another 5 minutes, or until potatoes are fully cooked through and tender on the inside, but crispy on the outside. Covering the potatoes is a crucial step because it locks in some steam, which helps them cook through faster.
Let cool, and enjoy! Experience the warm hugs from the inside, and then go back to bed. Because it’s the weekend, you deserve it.