Homemade Breakfast Potatoes: A Simple And Quick Potato Recipe

fried-potatoes-hash-browns.jpg In our house, Saturday morning is the one day of the week that the box of bran cereal gets left in the cupboard.

On weekends, my wife Mary and I like our breakfast to be more like a brunch — so a few extra calories won’t destroy a week’s worth of careful eating.

After all, eating your main meal for lunch along with a lighter supper later in the day means your metabolism gets the opportunity to burn up the extra fuel before bedtime.

We could go out for a late breakfast, but why? When you look at the cost savings of doing it yourself, combined with the fact that you are in control of the portion size, making your own just makes sense to us. (Plus, we can sit around in our pajamas for as long as we like!)

We could also buy pre-packaged hash browns, but there’s a big difference between processed and homemade. When you combine long-term freezing and questionable storage while in transport (thawing and refreezing), store-bought hash browns just don’t compare to fried potatoes made fresh at home.

Here’s how we make our own breakfast potatoes from scratch…


Breakfast Potatoes Recipe

Our favorite is an O’Brien style of potatoes. The addition of onion and green pepper just perks up the morning taste buds.

These are simple and quick to make.

  • The first step is to pick out your potatoes. While you’re peeling and cutting them into ½-inch cubes, you should have your electric skillet heating up to about 375 degrees. A standard frying pan on the burner will work too, but the electric skillet provides a more even heat.

  • Pour about ¼-cup of vegetable oil and a couple tablespoons of butter into the skillet. As it warms, you can add the potatoes. Stir them, to coat all potatoes well with the oil & butter mix. This will prevent them from sticking to the pan while cooking. (If the amount of oil seems excessive, you can easily spoon out the extra while the potatoes are cooking by carefully tipping the skillet to one side and using a large spoon to retrieve the excess.)
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  • 1o minutes or so into the cooking, when the potatoes are starting to brown, add some diced onion and green peppers. I keep a green pepper or two quartered and cleaned in a ziploc bag in the freezer for just such a dish when all I need is a piece or two for flavor.
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  • A good couple twists of the pepper grinder and a sprinkle of salt will be about all you need for seasoning.

  • Throughout the cooking, turn the potatoes so they get evenly browned on all sides. Total cooking time may take 15 minutes or so.
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Combine this easy dish with a nice helping of scrambled eggs and a couple slices of crispy bacon and you’ve got a meal that will carry you through the day until supper time.

It may not be much to some, but the $2-$3 you pay for that bag of processed hash brown potatoes can be replaced with a more satisfying, better tasting, homemade potato dish. It only costs pennies to make — especially when you buy your potatoes in 20-lb bags!

Curtis Carper

Curtis Carper

I’ve been involved in RVing for over 40 yrs -- including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking at home, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller, you've got a good idea of who I am.

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  • Kate

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ve never cooked potatoes this way before. I made these last night and they turned out great! I made them extra crispy, just the way we like them. We definitely have a new side dish for our meal rotation now!

    • Curtis

      Glad you enjoyed them Kate, thanks for the positive feedback.

  • Detroitdyme08

    Made these for breakfast today… They were really good

  • Chamilion_tea

    Thank you for sharing fresh food and money savings are always a better option.

  • Nlthk

    Thanks a bunch. I have been looking for a good simple recipe like yours. And, the pictures were excellent bonuses. Thanks again:0)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Curtis, I made this for dinner tonight and everyone liked it! I had a bag of those little multicolored potatoes lying around so that was pretty, although they sure take longer to cook. Cheaper and better than the diner too. 😉

  • linda

    does it matter what kind of onion you use? yellow or red???……and this may be a silly question but is this two words or is this a seasoning i don’t know about  (pepper grinder)???

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      linda – Either type of onion would be fine. Curtis used yellow onions above. 
      A pepper grinder is a kitchen utensil that is used to crush fresh pepper. Similar to a salt shaker, it’s a pepper shaker that crushes peppercorns. More here: http://goo.gl/0VMQD