My family grew up on potatoes. I don’t think there is recipe out there than my Mom or Grandmother didn’t know! My all time favorite though has to be home fries. The secret is the bacon grease. Yes, I know it’s not healthy, but if you use a tablespoon or two now and then, I doubt it will cause any more harm than a bowl of ice cream. Admittedly, we tend to over-do the bacon grease in the south, but we’re learning….. you really don’t need that much to get such wonderful flavor! In the recipe below, butter or oil may be substituted and at times I have combined both with bacon grease. Garlic salt or powder may be substituted for fresh garlic.
I also have found that they tend to taste better when made in a cast iron skillet, but that could just be my southern roots showing. If the 2 main staples in your kitchen are bacon grease and a cast iron skillet…you know you’re from the deep south!
You will need:
Cast iron skillet or heavy skillet
3 large potatoes, washed & sliced
3 large red potatoes, washed & sliced
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1 large red pepper, diced
1 large green pepper, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled & minced ( 3 if you really like garlic! )
3/4 tsp paprika
2-3 Tbs bacon grease or butter
salt and pepper, to taste
Melt bacon grease ( or butter ) in hot skillet. Saute’ garlic and onions for 1-2 minutes.
Add peppers and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir with wooden spoon.
Blot potatoes with paper towel and slowly add to skillet. Use medium heat and turn with spatula every few minutes. They should be done in about 20 minutes.
Turn off heat and season with paprika, salt and pepper. Place in serving dish and serve with any breakfast, lunch or dinner while still hot. Enjoy!
Tip: For crispier potatoes, turn heat up to medium high the last 7-10 minutes of cooking and turn less often. Cooked bacon, ham or even bologna can be added 5 minutes before these are done to turn this into a casserole.