Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Simple Homemade Home Fries

5 WWPP Posted by 8 years ago 12 Comments

My mom is going to laugh at me yet again. We’ve been having conversation about getting older and losing our minds. She’s famous for buying gifts, forgetting and then finding them stashed all over the house. I laugh now but I’m bound to do it myself. Actually I have no doubt I will. Case in point the horde of baking potatoes I now have in my possession.

See I generally only keep 1-2 baking potatoes on hand for the husband as a quick side dish when I know he won’t like what I’m making (for example sweet potatoes, quinoa, bulgar, couscous – that’s right he won’t eat any of those.) I’ll simply bake a potato and he’s happy. Actually besides mashed it’s the only other way he’ll eat potatoes. Boy, now that I think about it, he IS freakin’ picky. But I digress.

Anyway, I must have planned on making mashed a couple of weeks ago so I picked up a few extra. Then I forgot I did and picked up a 5lb bag this past week because they were on sale. Now I have a gross of white potatoes on my hands. So what do I do? Make home fries out of potatoes of course! (that was suppose to be a play on ‘make lemonade out of lemons’ but I don’t think it worked too well. lol) Simple Homemade Home Fries

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • thick slice of sweet onion chopped
  • medium bell pepper chopped (I used 1/3 red 1/3 green but they were big)
  • 1 medium-large sized baking potato (around 280g) cubed
  • kosher salt & pepper

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, onion then pepper. Cook for a few minutes while you cube the potato. Add the potato. Liberally sprinkle with kosher salt and a bit of pepper. Cover.

Now. LEAVE IT ALONE for 3 minutes. Sorry, didn’t mean to scream but this is the key. We want to just about burn the side that’s down. After 3 minutes toss and assess the burnt-ness. If is too black then you may want to lower to medium. I kept the heat at medium-high but I was going for the scorched look. Re-cover and leave alone for another 3 minutes.

After the second three minutes, toss again and give a potato a try. It should be getting soft. If you’d like to add more seasoning do so now. Cover and cook for an additional 3 minutes. This should be long enough to cook the cubed potatoes. If it isn’t, repeat the process until they are to your liking or simply lower the heat to medium-low and keep the cover on until you are ready to eat.

Simple Homemade Home Fries in panSimple Homemade Home Fries - another view

Now, I did used a tsp of olive oil but I also tried the technique with cooking spray and it worked as well. However, to me this is a perfect meal to use a bit of real oil as all the other ingredients are naturally fat free. It’s when I’m using meat that I generally skip the added oil. That’s just my approach. Either way the nutritional information below is with the tsp of oil.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 the Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
175 3g 3g old: 3 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 0g 34g 4g

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    April 30, 2009

    Might better double check the spelling of "assess" as in "assess the burnt-ness". These look great, it's so hard to get them done the right way!


    April 30, 2009

    Thanks! How the heck did you read it that fast. lol Gotta love the selling mistakes that lead to correct funny words like "asses". These are hard at all. Just leaving them alone is really the key.


    April 30, 2009

    I love potatoes but don't make them that often. I used to make a similar dish but without the bell peppers. I'll have to add some to the potatoes next time I make it.


    May 1, 2009

    I do this with any leftover baked potatoes I have (sometimes on the weekends I make extras, just to fry them up for breakfast the next day!) Just slice or cube, and they don't take long at all. I always add paprika too, and makes them a lovely golden color.


    May 1, 2009

    I too used a baked potato. I had one left over and so I had this for lunch .So yummy!O yea I used pepper flakes also.


    May 1, 2009

    looks great again, thanks Roni! I have some potatoes hanging around growing sprouts...I think I will use these for tomorrow's breakfast :) We will see how the kids like 'em! Hope they do!


    May 1, 2009

    Awesome! Definitely a great way to use up those taties! Thanks.. hope we can follow and share more!


    May 2, 2009

    I love homemade homefries much more than most diners' versions. I cube mine and then steam them in a steam basket for 3-4 mins. They cook much faster and get a lot crustier. Just make sure you drain/dry them well or they get mushy when they hit the oil (maybe from the steam?). Thanks for the idea --- now I have to add these to my menu this week.


    May 2, 2009

    This is another great idea (variety) for a homemade fries..Thanks for the recipe =)


    May 5, 2009

    Looks like my husband is a bit picky like yours. I keep canned chicken soup and a few hot pockets on hand as I'm sometimes to tired/lazy to make him a different meal if he doesn't like what I made.

    Renae W.

    March 10, 2010

    I just made this for my breakfast and it was great! I don't like sweet things for breakfast and this was perfect. I added some garlic powder because I love garlic and it is great for my high blood pressure. I eat lots of it. Thanks for all of your tips, Roni! I love your video kids know who you are already. I am down 5 lbs. in only 2 weeks!


    April 29, 2011

    Wow this looks amazing! I just stumbled onto your site, and I'm definitely trying this for my "breakfast for dinner" tonight ;) @Annalisa good tip on the steaming, Keeps the moisture out and makes them extra crispy!