Jeanne's StoryThis a very basic recipe for beginning cooks. Its an easy recipe but a good go-to side dish. My Mom used to make fried potatoes this way and this is the way my family has always liked them. To me, you get more of the potato flavor when they aren't cooked too brown. The photos here are taken from the web to show the process and the end product.
russet potatoes, washed and thinly sliced
onion, peeled and thinly sliced
lawry's garlic salt (or mrs dash, herb/garlic seasoning)
ground black pepper to taste
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1PREPARE THE ONION: Remove both ends from the onion; cut it in half, lengthwise, and remove the outer layer of each half. Place one half of the onion flat side down on your cutting board and slice crosswise to make half-moon shaped slices. Repeat for the other half of the onion. Put into a small bowl and set aside while preparing the potatoes.
2PREPARE THE POTATOES: Scrub the potatoes under cool, running water and then pat dry with paper towels. You can peel them or leave the peel on. Slice each potato crosswise, making thin, round slices.
3Heat the oil in a non-stick, 10" skillet over medium heat. The oil should not be smoking but you should begin to see a little rippling effect in the oil.
4Gently (so as not to burn yourself with the hot oil) add the potatoes and onions to the pan. Season with the garlic salt and black pepper and stir slowly to combine everything.
5Cook, uncovered, for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes begin to brown lightly.
6Lower the heat to medium-low, cover the pan and continue cooking the potatoes for another 15 or 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender and soft and not dark and crispy. Stir occasionally so the potatoes will cook evenly and not stick together.
Jeanne Benavidez jeanneben - Oct 16, 2011
kathy thralls 1mywoowoo1 - Oct 16, 2011
I'm so glad you posted this recipe! With working mothers and fast food restaurants many new cooks may not know just how easy and rewarding it is to put a comfort food meal on the table! I am not a new cook by many means but I do recall my first attempts at fried potatoes - very brown and hard in the center!
susan simons imbossmare - Oct 16, 2011
Mmm Mmmmm fried potatoes and hot dogs one of my staples growing up, unfortunatley my husband doesn't like them that way. Nothing like some good comfort food.
Karen Kildahl Kruger gramhoney - Oct 16, 2011
thank you for the "beginner" cooks recipes---i forward them on to my grandkids in college--
Jeanne Benavidez jeanneben - Oct 17, 2011
Thank you so much, ladies. I do remember how confused and new I was to cooking,but I did remember some of our family favorites...nothing fancy, but very full-filling.