I’ve lived in the same neighborhood since 2002. That’s twelve years of going to the same diner. And I always get one of three meals: Grilled Cheese with Fries, Egg Salad Sandwich with Onion Rings, or Bagel with Cream Cheese and Home Fries. (Incidentally, time of day does not affect which one I choose.)
Now most of the time, if I’m too lazy to go to the diner, I can just recreate the food myself. I make an awesome grilled cheese, great egg salad, and I always have frozen fries and onion rings in the freezer. I even make my own bagels.
But the home fries? Those I couldn’t do until recently.
I’d tried cutting potatoes into all sorts of sizes and slices, par-boiling, cooking over low flame, cooking over high flame. They were all just OK. Fine. I mean, OK potatoes are better than no potatoes any day, but I wanted the diner potatoes.
So I started searching for diner home fry recipes and tried a bunch. And while none of them were right, my research did clue me into one (probably very obvious) thing that I hadn’t figured out for myself: I needed to start with baked potatoes!
Diners, apparently, use last night’s leftover baked potatoes to make the next morning’s home fries. Brilliant!
Of course, I rarely have leftover baked potatoes, so I decided to try microwaved potatoes. Now, I’ve always avoided those because they just don’t taste great. The skin doesn’t get crispy. But for this, I didn’t think it would matter. And I was right.
So whether you have some baked potatoes to use up or you just want home fries and don’t want to wait, this recipe is for you!! If your family goes as crazy for these as mine did, figure on one potato per person. If your family is normal, then probably 1/2-2/3 potato per person.
And if you do better with video instruction to walk you through things, there’s a video at the end of the post!
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