Saturday, August 21, 2010

Home Fries

High school dances and proms always ended with a trip to a diner, no matter how late it was. We'd run into nearly everyone from school and take over the whole place, disturbing any peaceful meals the other customers had planned on. My usual was either a stack of pancakes or a Belgian waffle, both of which came with a side of home fries. There's just something about it that puts me in a comfort zone and makes me really happy.

The diner's version of home fries was shredded potatoes, but I prefer the chunkiness of cubed potatoes. And I can never leave out veggies. I would have loved to put onions in here, but even after searching high and low in the fridge, I couldn't find any. At least I had a bell pepper. Covering the pan to let the potatoes cook works really well, seriously brilliant. The potatoes were done in 15 minutes with minimal effort. With egg and bacon on the side, the home fries made me a happy camper at lunch.

Home Fries

Home Fries
From Green Lite Bites

- 1 tsp oil
- 1 thick slice of onion, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, cubed
- 1 medium potato, cubed
- Salt and pepper

1. 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 salt and a bit of pepper.
2. Cover and leave the pan alone for 3 minutes. Then toss and check the potatoes. If they are too black, then lower heat to medium. If not, keep at the same heat.
3. Cover and leave alone for another 3 minutes. Toss again and give a potato a try. It should be getting soft. Add more seasoning now if desired.
4. Cover and cook for an additional 3 minutes. If potatoes are not done after this, 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.

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