Monday, November 2, 2009

Sweet Potato Home Fries


We eat at a local restaurant on occasion and for breakfast they serve fried potatoes; which consist of regular, sweet potato and purple potato. They are fairly good, but I knew we could do better and we did!

A trick I learned from my dad was to microwave the potatoes for 4-5 minutes, let them cool a bit, then cut them and fry them, takes less time and you don't end up cooking them for an hour and still have crunchy potatoes.

We used sweet potato and regular russets, and it is such a nice combination of sweet and savory, cooking them in bacon fat never hurts either!

1 large sweet potato, peeled
2 small russet potatoes, you can either peel or leave the skins on
2 tbl bacon fat or oil of your choice
1 tsp Emeril Essence
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
Fresh cracked pepper

Peel and or/scrub your taters, place them on a plate and microwave for 5 minutes

Remove and let cool for a few minutes

Slice into cubes or slices, whatever you like

Cook until crispy, adding the Essence, Garlic Salt, and Pepper about half way thru cooking

22 comments:

Cheryl said...

The microwave suggestion is a good one. I really hate cooking homefries/hashbrowns sometimes, they take so darn long.

Michele said...

microwaving the potatoes first is a great tip! Those potatoes look perfect!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I am such a potato slut! Man, I could eat a whole plate of this. Yep, pre-cooking the spuds does the trick. What a great breakfast!

A Year on the Grill said...

I am planning a sweet potato recipe tonight... gonna microwave em and see what happens... Thanks

Barbara said...

Love your combination of sweet and russet potatoes! And great idea to par-cook them in the microwave. We should have been doing that years ago! Then they can still get nice and crunchy in the pan- just won't take as long.

Debbie said...

The potatoes look wonderful! I love your Halloween pics...Bella looks so cute! My husband "hit" all the Halloween stores here yesterday and boughts tons of stuff half price!!!!

teresa said...

how yummy! i don't cook with sweet potato near enough!

Pam said...

Oh Cheryl - they look really tasty. I haven't tried Emeril's Essence before, I'll have to get some.

The Blonde Duck said...

Cheryl, you're brilliant.

Bethie said...

I love me some SP's! I need to try your trick for hash browns. YUM!

Denise said...

These must be so awesome, anything with bacon fat CANNOT be bad!!!!

Mini Baker said...

YUM! sweet potato home fries? I've never seen or heard of a recipe for them! I'm so excited to try this, yours look AWESOME!
-Mini Baker :)

Sophia said...

Bacon fat? Sweet potato? Oh, dear, oh dear. Cheryl, you know how to swoon a girl over!

Muneeba said...

I've never tried Emeril's Essence spice mix ... will have to look for it in my grocery store, just to check out what's in it! But my gosh, your home fries speak to me, girl!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your a girl speaking my language, sweet potatoes and Essence. Don't you just love the Emeril's? I have to try this!

Grace said...

this is suitable of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, which makes it an absolute winner in my book. if you ask me, potatoes are at their best when they're roasted. :)

figtree said...

I love the idea of using 3 different types of potatoes! This will be a big hit in my house.

MaryBeth said...

These taters are just as fabulous as Cheryl says..I adore them, but why did you not get the purple tater?

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Oh I love home fries but never get them to turn out the way I like them. I'm going to try the microwave tip and see how it goes!

Donna-FFW said...

Fantastic idea Cheryl. You truly have the best breakfast ideas. Ill have to make these for the FFH, he loves sweet potatoes.

Jean Ann said...

This is to the folks who said they were going to buy Emeril's Essence. DON'T DO IT!
Years ago, he had the recipe for it online. I don't know how much it costs at the grocery store, but it can't be as cheap as making it at home. And you can use this stuff on just about anything - eggs, vegetables, chicken, quesadillas, just to name a few. The stuff is GREAT.
Here's his recipe:
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon each of: black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried leaf oregano, dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. (I re-use an empty spice bottle.) BAM!

javieth said...

Sweet potato is a highly nutritious and an alternative for food for their valuable contents of carbohydrate, protein and carotene, which are necessary for normal development and even for the sexual development too, believe it or not. Sweet potato is really helpful for welfare and our body.

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