Sweet and Savory Home Fries





Introduction: Sweet and Savory Home Fries

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My dad taught me his recipe for home fries.  Over the years I have tweaked and changed it to become what I believe is the perfect home-fries recipe!

You can eat these any time of day breakfast, lunch and dinner!

(serves 4-5)
4 potatoes
1 onion
1/4 - 1/3 c. olive oil
1 tbsp brown sugar 
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
Hungarian Paprika - this is the secret ingredient!

Step 1: Prepare Potatoes

First wash your potatoes.  I like to peel the skin off but you can certainly leave it on if you like.

Cut the potatoes into small pieces about an inch in width.

Boil the potatoes for 7 minutes.  This will make them cook faster and have a nice soft texture when you fry them.

Don't over boil the potatoes.  If they are too soft they will just fall apart in the frying pan.

Step 2: Prepare Onions

Cut onion into small pieces.  I leave this more up to preference.  Sometimes I like the onions to be super tiny and crunchy and sometimes I like them to be larger and soft.

Put the olive oil in a non-stick pan on the stove and set the temperature to medium heat. Once the pan heats up add the onions.   Use a wooden spoon to stir the onions so they are all covered in oil.

Step 3: Caramelize Onions

Add the sugar and brown sugar and mix in with onions.

Once mixed in add Hungarian paprika, salt, and pepper. For the onions I just do a few shakes of each. I wait until I add the potatoes until I add the big amounts of spices.

Step 4: Combine Potatoes and Onions

Strain the potatoes and add them to the pan.  Mix the potatoes and onions together.  

Now add the rest of the Hungarian paprika, salt, and pepper.  Be generous with the amount of paprika you use.  I don't have specific measurements for how much to use of these I just do the old taste test!

Put the cover on the pan and let it sit on medium heat for 4 minutes.  Come back to the pan and stir contents then let sit for another 4 minutes.  Continue this until the potatoes are good and fried.  

Near the take the spoon and gently mash some of the potatoes up.  You don't want to mash all of the potatoes, just add a smooth texture to the dish.

Last but not least, ENJOY!



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    12 Discussions

    Just made this. 'Twas delicious!

    My mouth is watering just reading this 'able! Thanks for sharing your recipe ;)

    That looks F'n tasty! I think the only thing I'd add to it is the one thing that makes everything better.... BACON!!

    I usually slice my potatos into rounds for homefries and cubes for hashbrowns but I suppose its all in how your parents or grandparents cooked. The brown sugar is an interesting twist that I'll have to keep in mind

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    Ive never seen round wedges... I mean round like thick potato chips,ie: slice the whole potato into 1/8" slices, some larger pieces/potatos may need to be cut in half

    Yea I think you mean wedges. Google potato wedges.

    I love it this way, and I usually prefer skin on.

    If you add just a bit of vinegar to your potatoes while they are boiling, it will keep the potatoes from falling apart. Also gives them a nice crisp when you cook them up.

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