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If you've got a hankering for southern comfort food, these country fried potatoes are it! They're an easy pantry staple to have on hand too.
Country Fried Potatoes
Cheree' here! Country Fried Potatoes may be one of the very first things I learned to cook. These were a staple in our house when I was growing up and they are great for breakfast or supper. 🙂
Simple and easy too!
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Ingredients for fried potatoes:
We actually never really measure this out in our house, but these measurements should guarantee a good batch of fried taters. 🙂
- russet potatoes
- yellow onion
- oil (vegetable or canola)
How to make easy country fried potatoes:
First, wash, peel and slice potatoes into ⅛-inch rounds. You basically want small chunks that are all about the same size.
Next, heat up a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, and heat until the oil starts to ripple.
Evenly add potatoes to the skillet, and sprinkle onions over the top. Cover, and cook about 8 minutes. Remove lid, and add salt and pepper.
Flip potatoes; continue to cook, uncovered, about 10 more minutes, occasionally flipping and turning until potatoes are golden brown and tender.
Drain on paper towels, if needed. Serve ketchup alongside potatoes, if desired.
Country Fried Potatoes
- 5 medium russet potatoes, about 2 lbs
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
- ½-1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Wash, peel and slice potatoes into ⅛-inch rounds.
- Heat a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, and heat until oil starts to ripple.
- Evenly add potatoes to the skillet, and sprinkle onions over the top. Cover, and cook about 8 minutes. Remove lid, and add salt and pepper.
- Flip potatoes; continue to cook, uncovered, about 10 more minutes, occasionally flipping and turning until potatoes are golden brown and tender.
- Drain on paper towels, if desired. Serve immediately.
Should you boil potatoes before frying?
It's not necessary but experts will tell you this will help to ensure that the potatoes are fully cooked, and will help them get a more even, crispy coating. So if you've got the time, go for it.
We recommend rinsing the potatoes, then adding them to a pot with a bit of salt and water to cover the potatoes by at least an inch.
Cover and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not mushy. You want them to still be firm and hold their shape.
Drain and let cool 5-10 minutes.
Why are my fried potatoes not getting crispy?
Although not required, soaking your potatoes in cold water beforehand will result in a crispier fried potato. This removes excess starch from the potato which makes for a crisper potato when fried.
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