This is a recipe for Old-fashioned Home Fried Potatoes with Ham. Easy, 20-minute cook time, and a great way to start the day. Don’t forget that fried egg to complete this hearty breakfast.
Growing up on a farm. fried potatoes made a very regular appearance on our table.
Sliced fried potatoes to be exact…fried crisp in an ample amount of Crisco to be even more descriptive. And they were hardly ever served for breakfast, but as a side dish for dinner.
Deliciously crisp on the outside, tender in the middle — swoon. I don’t make that version of home fried potatoes often anymore, but do find myself making cubed fried potatoes frequently, using a smaller amount of vegetable oil rather than Crisco vegetable shortening.
There are so many reason to love potatoes. And even if they’re not the star of the show, many times Bob and I will claim that they’re the best thing on the plate. Even if they’re baked and sitting next to a beautiful steak.
How to Make Home Fried Potatoes:
For really great home fried potatoes I like to add ham and onions.
- Cut the potatoes small enough that they’ll cook within a 20 minute time frame. Make them about twice the size as the cubed frozen hash brown potatoes you buy from the freezer section.
- Heat the butter over medium high heat, when melted and bubbles subside add the potatoes. As soon as you add the potatoes, turn the heat down to medium. Don’t stir the potatoes for five minutes to allow a good sear on the first side.
- Don’t add the onions at the beginning. They’ll burn with a 20 minute cook time. Add them five minutes before potatoes are done cooking.
- I like to buy Cooks Ham Steak for my country fried potatoes. This steak is not cooked, so a quick pan sear before cooking the potatoes is required. While the potatoes are cooking, slice the ham into short fat strips. Somewhat of an abbreviated batonnet cut.
Serve next to a fried egg for a complete breakfast.
Recipe for Home Fried Potatoes with Ham:
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- Twice Baked Potatoes with Poached Eggs
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Home Fried Potatoes with Ham
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 pounds potatoes peeled and 1/2-inch diced
- 1 1/2 cups sweet onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced green onion white and green parts, for garnish – optional
- 1/2 pound smoked ham slices cut in short strips
- Heat a 10 – 12 inch fry pan over medium high beat. Add butter and melt the butter until bubbles subside.
- Turn the heat to medium. Add the potatoes, salt, and pepper. Don’t stir the potatoes for 5 minutes to allow for a sear on the first side. Cook the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally with a flat spatula, until the potatoes are evenly browned and cooked through. Add the onions about 5 – 7 minutes before the potatoes are done.
- Meanwhile, fry ham steak in a fry pan until cooked through. Cut into rectangle baton slices. Set aside. Some ham steaks are already cooked, so just slice and add to potatoes in next step.
- Turn off the heat and add the green onions and ham. Stir and reheat on stovetop on low to combine ingredients and flavors. Serve immediately with a fried egg for a beautiful breakfast.