My Grandma used to keep my Grampa knee deep in home fries. She’d make sure there were extra potatoes around for cooking and it was one of the first dishes she taught me to cook.
The secret is bacon! We’re giving you the full-on, not so healthy version here, but there will be healthier variations below. Read through before you decide to dial it up or dial it down. Enjoy!
- 3 large potatoes (we used Idaho)
- 6 slices of bacon
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 orange bell pepper diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wrap the potatoes in foil and bake in a 350°F oven for one hour, until fully cooked. Let cool completely. (We suggest cooking the day before and storing them in the fridge.)
- Placed the bacon in a large heavy skillet and fry until crisp. Remove from pan and pat dry with paper towels to absorb grease.
- Let the bacon cool for a few minutes and then shred into small pieces. Set aside.
- Keep the bacon grease in the pan, add the onions and sauté until translucent.
- Add the pepper and potatoes and cook thoroughly.
- Add the shredded bacon and let cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.
Cooking tips: This dish cooks more easily when the potatoes are stone cold to start. You definitely don’t want them warm, they will start to get mushy and take away from the dish. We also tend to be salt stingy here, but this dish really sings with a bit more salt. Taste as you go for your personal preference.
Healthy Breakfast Home Fries Recipe Variations
Here are some options for healthier home fries. You can elevate this dish from artery-clogging to healthy with just a few swaps.
- Use sweet potatoes. Add loads of nutrients and ditch empty calories, we suggest a dash of paprika to add interest and depth.
- Ditch the bacon, use an olive oil instead of grease and load up on the veggies. It’ll be much healthier and still tasty.
- Roast them. Set the oven to 425°F and throw in the potatoes (already cooked) and thinly sliced onions. A light toss of olive oil and roast for 20 to 25 minutes. You’ll use less oil and simplify the dish.
How do you make home fries? What variations do you like to cook with? We’d love to hear more about how your grandparents liked them!
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