Tuesday, February 22, 2011



This is my family a few years ago. There are a couple more grandchildren now. Would like to find a picture to put on here of the women who made these for me: my mom and grandma, but did figure out how to get one of my grandma, my daughter and my auntie. My daughter makes these, too. As does my niece. Not sure who else makes them, but they're delicious and I include them in every family cookbook I make every few years. Simple recipe but the one I love more than anything else:

Family Potatoes
6 large baking potatoes
one large onion butter and oil
8 oz. cheese shredded or cut in cubes
salt and pepper

Cut potatoes into large dice. I always leave skins on but it's up to you. Dice onion. Personally, I love large chunks of onion, but most of my family doesn't, so will dice them according to who's going to be eating them. Heat pan on high heat, then coat bottom of pan with oil, then add some butter--up to you--maybe a couple tablespoons of each. Put in potatoes and fry for awhile until nicely browned, then reduce heat and add onions. I often add them both at once but have to watch onions so they don't burn--want a very nice crispy brown to everything. I don't use salt usually as dh adds it to everything anyway!! I do, however, put in a lot of freshly ground pepper. If wish, put lid on and turn heat to low until potatoes are soft. When potatoes are cooked, sprinkle cheese over and put the lid on for a few minutes until it's melted. Sprinkle paprika over and serve. These are so adaptable--have used other potatoes, added cooked meat, other veggies--diced celery, julienned green peppers, shredded carrots, etc. You especially want all the fried goodies from the bottom, so use a pan you can use a metal spatula on!! I have Cuisinart pans and love them--they even have handles that stay cool.


randi said...

this sounds really good! i think i need to get a snack because all of these recipes are making my stomach growl! :)

Vicki said...

I love potatoes! A trick I learned from my MIL is to boil the potatoes first and then fry them--speeds up the cooking process!

Krysten said...

YUM! I could live on potatoes alone. i will have to try these sometime in the very near future.

Anonymous said...

Your title "Family Potatoes" made me laugh. Some times I feel like a one of those tubers but do I look like one in a photograph....probably so as well!