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The Reason I LOVE Leftover Baked Potatoes: Home Fries, a Simple and Frugal Breakfast Side Dish

Updated on February 10, 2013
Fast, inexpensive and satisfying, home fries are a perfect way to use up leftover baked potato.
Fast, inexpensive and satisfying, home fries are a perfect way to use up leftover baked potato.

Next time you serve baked potato, remember to pop a few extras into the oven to make home fries.

I always toss a few extra potatoes in the oven when I'm serving baked potatoes with a meal. They're great reheated and eaten as is, but can become a tasty, quick and easy part of a breakfast, too.

You can make homefries from fresh raw potatoes, but because they're so moist raw, it takes more time to cook them to the point that they get crispy, and I find that they soak up more oil in the process. That moisture when they're raw will also tend to splatter your oil more.

This is why I prefer to use a leftover baked potato when making home fries. It's already cooked, the moisture level is low and they'll hold together better. Just cut your baked potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut slice into bite sized pieces, leaving the skin on.

Heat your skillet or frying pan until it's nice and hot. Add about 3 Tablespoons of cooking oil. You don't want too much oil, we aren't deep frying here. You want just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan without needing to swish the oil around to do so.

When your oil is hot, dump in your cut potatoes. You can sprinkle them with your favorite seasoned salt if you like, but feel free to experiment with your seasonings. My son's favorite on these is actually a steak and burger seasoning by Famous Dave's.

They're called "fries" for a reason - Here's how to fry potatoes

Once you have the potatoes seasoned, let the potatoes sit for a few minutes, undisturbed, in the pan.

Don't be tempted to poke at them right away, you want to give them a chance to crisp up on the bottom before moving them about. Only after they've browned for a few minutes do you begin turning them over with a good spatula/pancake turner. You're frying, not sautéing or stir-frying these!

Once the potatoes are nicely browned on one side, flip them over in sections and let them fry again for a few minutes, then repeat until they're as crispy as you like.

You can add some diced onion or green pepper during the last few minutes of your cooking if you enjoy your home fries that way. We rather like them plain.

Like any good fried potatoes, we enjoy ours with some ketchup, but they're just as good topped with a fried egg or some cheese.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      These sound very good and I don't always have time to fry up raw potatoes.


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