Saturday breakfasts are sorta my thang now. Sundays are usually donut days, and weekdays are quick toast and egg or oatmeal days. Saturday mornings, despite the pancake debacle, have become a special time of week for us. I usually wake up an hour before everyone and get things started without any interruption. It’s a glorious time – no screaming, no asking for anything, and total control of my kitchen.
I have attempted home fries many times in the past. I have usually been left with something of a mish-mash that resembles coarse mashed potatoes. Nothing about that is right. I recently attempted it again determined to get it right. And, huzzah – going into the repertoire. Under a farm fresh over-easy egg, it’s just heaven.
barely adapted from Smitten Kitchen
- 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Arrange potatoes in large microwave-safe bowl, top with 1 tablespoon butter, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave until edges of potatoes begin to soften, about 5 to 7 minutes, shaking bowl (without removing plastic) to redistribute potatoes halfway through cooking.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional two minutes until the onions are golden brown. Transfer to small bowl.
- Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in now-empty skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes and pack down with spatula. Cook, without moving, until underside of potatoes is brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn potatoes, pack down again, and continue to cook until well browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring potatoes every few minutes, until crusty and golden on all sides, 9 to 12 minutes. Stir in onion, seasonings of your choice and salt and pepper to taste. Try not to mess with the potatoes too much because you don’t want to break them apart.