Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Joey's Favorite Breakfast Potatoes

Here's another one of those things that doesn't really have a recipe, but every time I make them for friends, everyone asks for the recipe. There's really nothing to it. You basically just throw some potatoes in a skillet! Simple! And come to think of it, it's a great way to use up leftover potatoes. My Dad used to always ask my Mom if we had any "boilies", referring to the boiled potatoes leftover from dinner the night before. She'd brown them up in a skillet and they were always perfect with a big breakfast. They're also just as fabulous with a roast beast as they are with bacon and eggs. DELISH!

Raw or leftover boiled potatoes
salt and pepper

Slice the potatoes into thick slices, then cut the slices into bite sized pieces. Add some oil to a large nonstick skillet and saute the potatoes over medium heat. Be patient and let them cook until they begin to brown. Give them a stir every now and then, just to be sure you're browning them evenly. In the meantime, slice or chop the onion and add it to the skillet. (Do you like a lot of onions? Add a lot of onions!) Add a pat or two of butter and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to saute until the onions and potatoes are tender and golden.

I like to use red potatoes because they're waxy and they hold up well in the skillet. You can really use any kind of potatoes, though.
If you're using raw potatoes, you can either partially cook them in the microwave for a few minutes, or just let them cook in the skillet for a while longer. Just be sure you don't add the onions until the potatoes are almost done because the onions don't need very much time to cook.
If you'd like to vary them, try using different seasoned salts such as Old Bay, or add some freshly chopped garlic with the onions.

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