Sunday, January 25, 2009

Skillet Potatoes


Usually the day before G-DAY otherwise known as grocery day, my fridge is almost empty and the pantry shelves are longing to be filled again. I have a moment where I think, "what am I going to cook for dinner with next to nothing in the kitchen to cook"? I pull out the chicken breast I have and then check the pantry for an easy side item, I only find a few potatoes. So I have a couple chicken breasts and 4 potatoes....I put on my thinking cap and the bulb above my head goes off, skillet potatoes. Skillet potatoes were usually made in my parents kitchen for breakfast but I'm 32, 33 next week and darn it, I'm making them for dinner!!

I know the recipe is simple but it's a reminder that those lonely potatoes, onions, greens and whatever is in your kitchen could potentially be an awesome side, something even the children, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend and or visitor will eat.

So, here it is, my "version" of skillet potatoes...and oh boy, they are good.

3-4 potatoes to feed 2-3 people
diced garlic (optional)
diced onions (optional)
cooking oil
sea salt/kosher salt or table salt for those who yet to venture into the salt word
black pepper
ketchup
Wash and lightly scrub your potatoes before cooking.
Cube your potatoes as evenly as you can so they cook at the same rate. Pour water over the potatoes and place your microwaveable bowl into the microwave and cook for 10 minutes on high or until potatoes are tender but NOT TOO tender as they will cook more on the stove top.
(See my potatoes cooking in my microwave? I tend to document everything!)
After draining the liquids, add your potatoes into a big skillet pan that has been already pre-heated and oil already added. If you want, you can add garlic or onions to the potatoes. I kept it simple this time around and added pepper and salt.

Keep cooking and flipping potatoes until golden brown and crispy. Dip in ketchup if desired.

9 comments:

My crazy crazy life said...

Who says "pepper and salt"??? Isn't it always "salt and pepper"? You're weird!

My crazy crazy life said...

BTW, these look TASTY!!! I want them NOW! Too bad I don't eat potatoes anymore. When I was a little girl, my mom used to slice them and bake them in the oven, similar to the way you did it...oil, salt, pepper...oh wait, sorry...pepper, salt...and they were so yummy. Crispy on the outside and tender inside. Good post JEN!

Anonymous said...

YOU HAD ME AT SKILLET POTATOES.

j & j dish it out said...

Jana, I know your "anonymous" and you're killing me with that comment...so funny!

Sara said...

Yum, these look like a great side dish!

Anonymous said...

i think i have identity issues how do i become not anonymous anymore... its so lonely

and_she_makes_four said...

Jana, sign up for a google account, you can do it by looking to the right of the screen.

Anonymous said...

jen your funny look to the right of the screen jana .......that in theory sounds simple some how im still confused ........ i will try again ....i will start by looking to the right of the page thanks haha ..

Chef E said...

Yeah...my southern roots food staple!