In honor of mother's day I want to share one of my mom's specialties, her dangerously amazing home fries. They're a guilty pleasure you can't stop eating. If you've been at the dinner table on a night with home fries, you're probably already drooling. She usually completes the meal with breaded pork chops and applesauce, the ultimate "mmm homee" kind of meal.
My mom is an amazing cook, she always has a pot of beef stew or chicken soup (or both) on the stove. She cooks very differently than I do, it's messy and it's fast. Somehow, she manages to throw together dinner for 5 or 12 people in less than an hour and sit us all down at our big dining room table with full plates and a special cocktail she magically had time to throw together with bits of floating... ginger? maybe.
When Tyler started cooking I became his sous chef and I was introduced to a new style of cooking. Recipes?! How interesting! This was the kind of cooking I would fall in love with. My mom cannot be in the kitchen while we cook, too many slow meticulous methods for recipes she could throw together in 15 minutes. I once attempted a recipe that opened with, "if you are not a patient person, do not attempt this recipe," my mom left the kitchen laughing.
There are so many delicious meals that mean home to me. Unfortunately, it is impossible to get a recipe from her. It either ends up being a list of ingredients without any amounts or methods (and, God forbid, temperatures or times) or a question, "what do you mean? just make it!" So when I asked for her home fries recipe she responded:
Right. I asked a couple questions and got a bit more clarification.
I know this sort of vague response is pretty common when asking for family recipes. I personally believe it's sabotage so no one can make it quite as well and we have to go home more if we want the best version. Tricky. I don't mind, it gives me an excuse to sip wine and watch her tornado-style cooking that never fails.
So this recipe is dedicated to YOU mom! You're the most amazing awe-inspiring person I know and I so appreciate everything you do. I love you so so much. I hope you don't mind I (attempted) to add some more specific directions, but obviously they'll never compare to your "bit of wow."
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
4 Pieces bacon
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Onion, chopped
2 Idaho potatoes
Dash of paprika
Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons vinegar
1. Cook bacon in large saute pan until crispy, about 10 minutes. Cover cooked bacon with paper towels and set aside to cool. While bacon is cooking, peel and thinly slice the potatoes. You can use a mandolin, but I prefer slicing by hand for this recipe.
2. Pour all but a teaspoon of bacon grease out and reheat pan with remaining bacon grease and olive oil over medium heat.
3. Saute onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop cooked bacon into bits.
4. Add the bacon, potatoes, salt, pepper, and paprika to the pan.
5. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until potatoes are browned and tender, about 40 minutes. Flip/toss potatoes around occasionally. Add the vinegar during the last 15 minutes. For an extra crunch, uncover and cook over medium-high heat during the last ten minutes.
Serve and enjoy!