How to make simple country style potatoes.
How to make simple fried potatoes.
Making Simple Fried Potatoes:
Quite surprisingly people don't know how to cook fried potatoes, they either add too much oil or little enough and they BURN! Or on the other hand they are soggy :( OR they don't add oil at all! Tsk tsk tsk, but what I can tell you is a simple way and the RIGHT way to cook potatoes on the stove top. Before I do so though, You will need the following kitchen utensils and ingredients:
- One medium sized pan with a three inch wall and a lid to cover it.
- One spatula or turner.
- One cutting utensil ( I prefer my cleaver ^_^)
- One measuring cup
- One chopping board
- Olive or Vegetable oil
- Seasonings to your liking( I use LAWRY'S seasoned salt and garlic salt/powder)
- Black Pepper of course :D
- Most important one of all would be the Potato! About three will do.
Chopping block time!
So now we start with the potatoes, so grab your chopping block and cutting utensil and those potatoes. I usually cut the potato long ways (or in elementary school hot-dog ways :P) Next take those halves and cut them down the middle long ways again. So after that point, cut them from the width of the halves you cut. Cut them into about a quarter of an inch slice all the way down. After you're done with that you should have a pile of nicely cut slices of potato.ONTO THE NEXT STEP!!
Grab your medium sized pan and put it on the burner. The burner or gas will be a bit over half so about 6.5. Let the pan warm up first before you add your potatoes. Once you can feel the heat coming from the pan, add the potatoes to the pan. This is where you would add the oil. So this is where most people fail, grab your oil and gently drizzle it over your potatoes. You want to have just enough to have the potatoes simmer in it. Don't have the bottom of the pan full of oil, just over the potatoes. Remember oil expands to the heat, it's a thicker liquid so to some people it would seem that they didn't add enough. At this point in time we add the seasonings.
Tasty Tasty Seasonings and Simmering Potatoes!
I use LAWRY'S seasoned salt and garlic salt/powder as I mentioned earlier. You can add anything you want, it is to whatever your liking. Lightly spread the seasoned salt over the potatoes just enough where all the potatoes on top are covered LIGHTLY. Then I grab the garlic salt and do the same, lightly coat the potatoes with it. Not as much as the seasoned salt just a fair amount. Then the crushed black pepper, I add about two "shakes" from the pepper shaker. After you add all your desired seasonings, take the measuring cup and fill it with water up to about the half point of 1/4. Then pour that into the pan and the pan should start *crackling* Take the lid and put on the pan. The lid is important because the steam within the pan will circulate and cook the potatoes faster so at this point you can let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Stir it once or twice to make sure it doesn't burn. So after they cook for about 8 minutes flip the potatoes or stir either way, have them cook evenly. Then leave them to simmer again for about 5-10 minutes or until desired firmness and golden brown. Remember to stir occasionally or they will stick and burn!.
DONE!? Should be!
After your desired firmness, take off the burner and let it sit for about 5 -10 minutes so it can cool off. To even add a little more flavor, I add sliced up slices of Colby or Pepper Jack cheese on top of the potatoes and leave the lid on so it can melt together in its melted goodness :). So once that is done it is ready to serve. Serving size is about two people. I hope you enjoy and hope this was informative.. First recipe I did :P