One of America’s Favorites – Home Fries

November 17, 2014 at 6:28 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 1 Comment
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A plate of home fried potatoes

A plate of home fried potatoes

Home fries (US), house fries (US), cottage fries (US), American fries (US) or fried potatoes (UK & regional US) are a type of basic potato dish made by pan- or skillet-frying chunked, sliced, wedged or diced potatoes that are sometimes unpeeled and may have been par-cooked by boiling, baking, steaming, or microwaving.

A dish much like modern home fries may have been around for as long as humans have been consuming cooked potatoes. However, the origin of the term home fries is somewhat of a mystery. It is speculated an American term in reference to the fact that they are not deep-fried or “french fried”.




Home Fries

Home Fries

While it is possible to make home fries without par-cooking the potatoes, home fries are technically raw fries. The texture will be more chewy, with the longer cooking time increasing the likelihood of burning the potato pieces. As the name suggests, home fries are also made as a simple dish which can be prepared even by people with modest cooking skills as a meal or a snack. A condiment such as ketchup, sour cream or maple syrup might be used for additional flavor and texture.

The frying is typically done in vegetable oil or butter. Other ingredients may be added. If chopped onions and bell peppers are added to diced potatoes it creates a dish known as Potatoes O’Brien. Sliced potatoes and thin sliced onions sautéed with parsley and seasonings are known as Lyonnaise potatoes. Bratkartoffeln in Germany are a form of pan fried, cut potatoes, often made with butter, German style bacon, onion, and parsley.

The consistency depends on the type of potato used. Although various types of white potatoes are the most popular base, sometimes waxy (usually red-skinned) or sweet potatoes are used.

In North America, home fries are popular as a breakfast side dish. In some locations, home fries are even used as a pizza topping.



Quick and Easy Home Fries

3 medium russet potatoes, cubed
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
salt and pepper to taste
1. Rinse potato cubes with cold water, and drain well. Melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Place potatoes in the skillet, and stir to coat with butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, and cook for another 10 minutes, turning frequently until brown and crisp on all sides.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 199
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 8.8g
Cholesterol: 23mg
Sodium: 168mg
Amount Per Serving
Total Carbs: 27.9g
Dietary Fiber: 3.5g
Protein: 3.3g


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