Number of Servings: 2
Prep time: About 10 minutes
Cooking Time: About 15 minutes
What you need:
2 medium russet potatoes
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp cayenne
¼ tsp Italian seasoning
Olive oil 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp for frying then ½ tsp for mixing
Homefries are a favorite in my house. Hubby loves them and the step kids do too! This recipe may be made as it is or may be topped with cheese or bacon bit, or both.
I used to watch my husband make these. I wasn’t really familiar since we didn’t make homefries in the Philippines. Even the popular breakfast place, Pancake House, didn’t have this on their menu. I didn’t start learning to make them until I got to the US. Was it because the spices and ingredients were more accessible? I would say no, it’s just because I didn’t realize how easy they were to make until I saw how common it is here, and how they are a great breakfast item.
You’ll be surprised how easy this is to make and I can almost guarantee a sure hit! Now, let’s get to it!
First cut the potatoes in cubes, about 1 inch think. You don’t want it too thick or too small. Mix in the spices until all potato cubes are coated evenly. To ensure evenness, mix in ½ tsp. of olive oil. Mixing it with both hands is still the best way to coat your potatoes.
Then heat pan with 1.5 tbsps of olive oil in medium heat. Once it’s hot enough, pour in the potatoes. I use a medium non-stick pan so that I can fit one batch of potatoes in it. Let it fry for about 7 minutes then turn the potatoes to cook the other side for about another 7 minutes. You might need another minute or so to brown the potatoes enough. Make sure your fire is hot enough for you to achieve the right brownness.
Remove the pan from heat and transfer to a big enough plate. Feel free to top with sour cream (I recommend low fat or fat free) or crispy bacon bits (the hubby’s and kids’ favorite) and a tbsp each of grated mozzarella and mild cheddar – this cheese combination by far has become a family favorite! This can be a big breakfast for the weekend or it could be enjoyed with some sausage or bacon and egg on the side.
Total Calories: 204 calories without cheese or bacon; if topped with 4 pieces of bacon cooked in the oven (per package directions) and 1 oz of cheddar jack and 30 grams of grated mild cheddar cheese, the total calories is about 470 per serving. I call the one with bacon and cheese topping, deluxe version.