My cousins came for brunch today and I asked Lon to make (and write the recipe) for Home Fried Potatoes. My only requirement was that I wanted him to use tomato paste. We agreed that it was a nice touch, adding both flavor and color to the dish. It turned out pretty spicy too but everyone loved it.

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Home Fried Potatoes
~about 6 servings (side dish)

  • 4 cups of peeled and cubed (3/4″) Idaho potatoes, roughly 3 medium-to-large Idaho potatoes
  • 2 cups diced (1″) red and/or green bell peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped (3/4″) yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and boil for 10 minutes, strain, then air dry for 10 minutes.
2. Heat vegetable oil in a large cast iron pan, over medium-high heat. Stir in peppers and onions, season, and cook for 3 minutes, or until veggies are starting to soften.
3. Push peppers and onions to the side leaving a space in the middle of the pan. Add tomato paste and caramelize for about 30 seconds. Add cayenne and rosemary, stir until well combined.
4. Clear another space in the middle and add potatoes. Toss thoroughly, but avoid breaking potatoes too much. Cook 3 minutes.
5. Season to taste. You will likely have to add more salt as potatoes take a lot of salt. Keep warm in baking dish in oven at 350, uncovered, or serve immediately.

We actually made double this recipe, which meant doing the whole thing in the cast iron twice, which fills a 9X13 pan nicely. My cousins are a hungry group so we made tons of other goodies. I made biscuits, partially whole wheat.

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They went perfectly with the breakfast sausages, Lon made, from an Alton Brown recipe.
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The Chistorra and Manchego Fritatta was ultra popular. No surprise there since the Chistorra is awesome!
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Lastly, I was experimenting with a French Toast recipe, which was almost perfect. I am just making some minor tweaks and I should be able to re-test and post the recipe next weekend.
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The coma inducing brunch was fun and my family ate an impressive amount of food. It’s in the genes.
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