When our five kids were young, we often depended on fried potato recipes to get a great meal on the table in a hurry.
The basic recipe can be "doctored" with onions and other vegetables, with bits of leftover meat including ham, bacon or ground beef or with the addition of chopped hard-cooked eggs.
If your budget is tight, these are perfect recipes to feed a bunch for a little.
Basic Pan-Fried Potatoes
What you'll need:
Use any potatoes you have on hand. Firmer potatoes hold together better. If you use new potatoes (ones with thin skins), then don't worry about peeling. Just wash and slice with skins on. With all other potatoes you'll probably want to peel them however scrubbed, unpeeled potatoes also make great fried potatoes. And the peels add extra fiber to your family's diet.
Cut the potatoes into slices about 1/4 inch thick, Heat the butter/margarine in skillet on medium heat. Add potatoes, seasoning and onions or other raw vegetables.
Put the lid on the pan for the first few minutes to allow the potato slices to begin to cook through. When the potatoes begin to sizzle along use a spatula/turner to flip the bottom potatoes up. Shift the potatoes around a bit to get the ones on top down to the bottom. Try not to flip the potatoes too often or they will start to fall apart. If the potatoes begin to dry out, add a little more butter.
When the potatoes begin to brown, add any bits of pre-cooked meat or cooked vegetables you choose. Continue to fry the potato mixture until it is the desired crispness and degree of brown that you prefer. Some people like their fried potatoes dark brown and crispy; others prefer them to be just golden brown.
The entire frying process should take about 20 minutes. You will soon have developed your own favorite fried potato recipe!
A more low fat fried potato recipe can be achieved with this made-in-the-oven version.
Spread oil in 13-by-9 inch baking dish. Clean and cut potatoes into bite sized chunks. Toss potatoes in pan and sprinkle on spices. Put in oven at 375 degrees for about an hour to an hour and a half. When done, the outsides should be crunchy and the inside soft.
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