February 25, 2008

Grandpop's Home Fries

1 1/2 lb red skin potatoes, quartered and sliced*
1 large onion, quartered and sliced
3 slices of bacon, diced

Heat a large skillet. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease. Return to flame. Add the onions and potato. Cover and cook about 5-8 minutes, remove cover and saute until the potatoes are golden and fork tender. Add the bacon bits back in, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve hot.

*You can peel them if you want. We always did when I was growing up but I don't bother for the red skin ones.

My thoughts:
I love home fries. I think they are my favorite way to make potatoes but I rarely make them. When I was growing up my grandfather would make them to serve with fried chicken thighs but I normally just serve them on their own to tell the truth. I know some people cube the potatoes or precook them but Grandpop always made them using sliced raw potatoes so I do too. I find that the potatoes keep their shape well and they cook evenly when they are sliced and the need for boiling is totally eliminated. They fare reheating fairly well-much better than most fried foods do- so you can make a double batch or save your leftovers and have a yummy breakfast the next day with a lot less work.


  1. Mmm I love home fries. I should go make some!

  2. thanks for sharing that recipe. it looks scrumptious!

  3. Any recipe coming via a Granddad is a sure fire winner. Thanks for sharing your memories!

  4. Oooh, homefries in bacon fat! You've got my mouth watering...

  5. My home fires always end up too hard inside. I started boiling a bit first to get crunchy outside and soft mushy potato inside. These look great!@

  6. That's evil, and now I want to eat that. I have to make those home fries - I haven't had any type of home fries in a good while!

  7. Ohh, I feel very strongly about fried potatoes. I love them!
    We serve these at the restaurant where I work, and people can't get enough of them.

  8. My first time here, hi everyone.

    Those look really killer, that's a lovely photograph. I've been buying frozen rendered duck fat from my guy at the farmers' market in San Rafael, and cooking home fries in that -- truly amazing! I need to buy some more ducks and start rendering my own though.....

    Great site, I'll be back!

  9. MM, perfect comfort food. I could eat these any time of day with ease! I like 'em nice and crispy.

  10. This might be a local thing... Petes Grill on Greenmount Ave does them this way... as did my family.

    I prefer them this way over the deepfried/shredded versions I've seen before.

  11. I wish I could have those home fries for breakfast this morning. Looks really good.

  12. Thanks for sharing. Made them myself today and they were great.

  13. I love home fries. Thin slices really are key! Ikea does a version with bell peppers in their 99 cent breakfast, so I sliced a red one up and tossed it in. Yummy!

  14. you totally inspired my breakfast today :) Thanks!
    I used SPAM instead of bacon.


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