One of the ways I evaluate a good breakfast in a restaurant is the quality of their fried potatoes. I like my potatoes thoroughly cooked and soft but not blackened. They have to have a good buttery flavor as well.
I always used white “New” potatoes at home, slicing them thin and cooking them very slowly in a large frying pan with a lid to help steam them. It required a lot of attention and a lot flipping with a spatula. Often times they would stick to the pan. I was never always satisfied. But today I found a new way.
My place of employment is next to a restaurant that serves a very good breakfast with very soft and flavorful fried potatoes. Today a waitress was making a delivery for some employees that placed a breakfast delivery order. As she was waiting to be paid, I shared with her at how much I really liked their potatoes. She shared with me that they use regular russet potatoes but boiled them first in their skins. After boiling, the skins were easily removed, the potatoes sliced, and the potatoes were fried the usual way.
This made sense to me in that the potatoes were cooked without burning and were very soft. They were finished off in the frying pan with butter, salt, and pepper. Onions are always a good option too. They can be a little browned but nothing more for my tastes.
So I gave it a try tonight as one of the stages of dinner. Being single, I eat in stages. Prior to the potatoes I nuked some chicken patties. The potatoes were my next course. That is often a single guys way of doing things. We won’t discuss were I put my dirty clothes before laundry. :)