Perfect Breakfast Potatoes

05.29.2012

If you’ve been following my blog you’ve probably noticed by now breakfast is kind of my thang. I love a delicious breakfast meal served up any time of day. I mentioned before how I’ve posted all these main entrees for breakfast but I’ve never posted the sides I serve with them.
I’ve been making these potatoes for many years, so I’d hope I can say I’ve perfected the recipe. I’ve tried different cooking methods, different oils, played with seasonings and now here are the exact results I was looking for. Perfectly tender interior, with a gorgeously browned exterior, slightly moist, with just the right amount of flavor and seasoning. You can use plain old salt and pepper (if you want to be boring =) or you can add some¬†pizzazz with the delicious seasoning blend listed. Below are a few things I wanted to list, that in my opinion, make the perfect breakfast potatoes:

1. Pre-bake the potatoes. If they are cooked halfway before you fry them then they don’t end up under cooked in the middle.
7. Leave the skins on when dicing. Less work (no peeling¬†necessary), more taste and more vitamins. With that said why wouldn’t you?
2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil was my favorite oil for frying. I’ve tried butter, bacon fat and vegetable oil and EVOO is where it’s at. Not only do the potatoes taste better fried with EVOO but they are much better for you.
3. Season generously. I’m not saying over salt your potatoes, I’m saying a little flavor goes a long way. I love the flavors that garlic and onion powder add to these. Alternately if you love Potatoes O’Brian you could add diced onion, and diced green and red bell pepper.
4. Cover potatoes with a lid while frying, this helps the potatoes maintain some of the moisture as well as helping them evenly cook through.
5. Don’t over-stir. If you stir too often you won’t get the perfectly golden edges. Just think of flipping a pancake, you don’t want to flip it before it’s golden, it’s the same with breakfast potatoes, you shouldn’t “flip” them until they are golden.
6. Serve immediately. Potatoes get soggy after sitting too long after cooking. It’s a silly thing but I always get frustrated when people are late for a breakfast meal I’m serving. Breakfast meals/sides aren’t nearly as good cold or reheated. This includes breakfast potatoes.

All the above are my personal opinion. I’m not a professional chef (just wannabe =). They are tips I’ve found through personal experience through trial and error. I hope you love these potatoes and maybe even make them as often as I do (I make them at least once a week, sometimes even three).

Perfect Breakfast Potatoes

Perfect Breakfast Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 5 small Russet Potatoes (total weight should be about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tsp Herb Seasoning, to taste (recipe can be found here)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile rinse and scrub potatoes then pierce each potato several times with a fork. Bake potatoes in preheat oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool 30 minutes then chill overnight (alternately you could dice and cook potatoes immediately, I've just found it's more convenient to bake them ahead of time when I'm already making baked potatoes for dinner or baking another dish. Also, potatoes seem to cut cleaner if they've been chilled).
  • Dice chilled potatoes into 1/2" cubes. Pour extra virgin olive oil into a 10" non-stick skillet and heat over medium high heat. Once oil barely begins to smoke, carefully pour diced potatoes into hot oil. Immediately sprinkle with Herb Seasoning then toss potatoes with a heat proof spatula. Cover pan with lid and cook potatoes, stirring every few minutes as they begin to lightly brown on bottom, about 8 - 12 minutes until potatoes have reached desired tenderness. Serve immediately.
  • Note: sometimes I like to sprinkle them with a few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese after frying (cheese is good over nearly everything). Also, they are delish drizzled with ketchup, yep I'm all American with my side of Ketchup =). It's like french fries without ketchup, it just shouldn't be done.
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14 comments

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I just made breakfast potatoes recently and I didn’t do any of the tips mentioned in here! Ahhhh, okay I’ll have to try again with these helpful suggestions. I’m sure it’ll be 100x better! May 29, 2012 at 10:10pm Reply

  • Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free: My mom made these all the time for my family when we were little! Memories…. May 30, 2012 at 7:17am Reply

  • Anonymous: You may want to try boiling them until just tender, dry them, then proceed with cooking them in oil until crispy all around. They’ll be very fluffy inside with a crispy crust.Maybe add the herbs towards the end. June 3, 2012 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – parboiling is a good suggestion. I’ve just found baking to be more convenient because I’m baking so often and already using the oven so I will just toss some in for the week and store them in the fridge. Thanks for your comment! June 3, 2012 at 8:07pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I just made these…. my boyfriend said “YUMMMM!” and I said the same!! These are delicious!! I only had four eggs so I basically just used four whole eggs instead. I added broccoli, red pepper & red onion to mine…. I steamed all veggies: the broccoli 5 minutes, red pepper/onion for 2 minutes. I added pepperjack & Colby Jack cheeses, dressing the tops differently with just one cheese or mixed!! ThEY WERE AMAZING!!!!!! I ate them with salsa and some homefries, but they are amazing just by themselves =) YAY!!! I had only one left over and it’s in the fridge to be snacked on later. June 11, 2012 at 11:16pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – I think you are referring to the scrambled eggs I posted? I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed! Great additions! Thanks for the comment! June 12, 2012 at 6:36pm Reply

  • Naperville Chiropractor: Breakfast… lunch… and dinner potatoes! Hah… definitely a potato girl… any kind for that matter! June 13, 2012 at 11:04am Reply

  • joan: Pre-bake potatoes is the key! Learned this from my Mom many years ago. Your plate looks so good. Now I’m thinking about dinner. :) March 22, 2013 at 9:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comment Joan! March 23, 2013 at 9:15pm Reply

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  • Marcus: How many servings does this recipe make? And do I need to adjust the oil and seasoning amounts accordingly depending on if I’m making more or less? November 9, 2013 at 3:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: As a side about 4 – 5 servings. And yes I’d adjust the seasoning and oil if adjusting the amount of potatoes. November 16, 2013 at 9:28pm Reply

  • Sarah: These look delish! I just discovered your blog today googling recipe ideas and I’m so glad to have come across it! You’re recipes seem so simple to follow and every single one looks to die for. I am going to be cooking your recipes every night for the next few weeks! Thanks for the simplicity and ideas! January 19, 2014 at 9:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Sarah! Thanks for your comment :)! January 20, 2014 at 2:54pm Reply

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