Cook, Pop, Cook: Home Fries
The New Best Recipe is amazing! Today, we decided to make a special breakfast since it’s our daughter’s 2nd birthday. The wife made blueberry muffins (also from The New Best Recipe and they are YUM!) and I tried my hand at home fries (p. 659). And I gotta say, these are probably some of the best home fries I’ve ever tasted, especially since I know exactly what went into them. Confession: I LOVE breakfast food but am always leery of all the grease use. I used to work at a fast food place, and some of the things we used to make sure things didn’t burn and/or stick to the grill were probably more suited to lubricate moving parts, rather than being consumed by living beings.
Home Fries (adapted from The New Best Recipe)
- Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped into small pieces
- 1 large potato – I used a russet potato
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Peel and dice the potato: Slice the potato lengthwise into quarters, then make two stacks and cut each stack lengthwise into quarters, then turn the stacks 90 degrees and cut to complete the dice.
- Heat the oil in a 12″ skillet. Get the oil really hot and toss the onions in, stir frequently. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes – the onions should be nice and brown. Transfer the onions to a small bowl.
- While the onions are cooking, toss the diced potatoes in a 2 quart pot and put about 1/2″ of water inside. Place over high heat and once the water starts boiling, cover the pot, lower the heat, and simmer for 6 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a strainer/colander.
- Heat the butter in the now-empty skillet over medium heat until the butter foams. Add the potatoes and shake the skillet to evenly distribute the potatoes into a single layer. Cook without stirring for 5 minutes. Toss the potatoes and use a spatula to make sure all the pieces have been turned. Repeat this process 2 or 3 times, or until the desired crispness is achieved.
- Add the onion, paprika (mostly for coloring), and the black pepper. Stir to blend and serve!
We also made Jimmy Dean sausages, whole wheat buttermilk pancakes:
And scrambled eggs:
Breakfast is served! Happy birthday baby girl!