Traditional Home Fries

What is a brunch staple? Every single person answers that question differently. For some it is eggs, for others it is pancakes or a nice cocktail. For me, brunch would not be brunch without some crispy hash browns or golden home fries. I need those carbs.

Home fries are great for sopping up that extra runny yolk. They are also great if, let’s say, you had an amazing time the night before and are now paying the consequences. Not sayin’, but I’m just sayin’.

Here is probably a dose of too much information for you all…

When I had made these to my crispiness liking, I took my pictures for the blog. Then, I sat there and ate almost half the bowl using my fingers as utensils. I just kept telling myself, “Oooo that was a good bite, just one more.”

These home fries are that good. They are “sit on the floor, eat without silverware, and worth trying to justify your craziness to your judgmental pug” GOOD!

Now that I have over shared, on to the brunch week giveaways! Be sure to enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post!

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Traditional Home Fries

Course Side Dish/Vegetable
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 -4
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • 5 Large Potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Add the cut potatoes to a medium pot, cover with water, add a little bit of salt, and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Boil potatoes until just about fork tender, seven minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes. Add potatoes to a few paper towels or a kitchen towel and pat dry. Let them slightly cool for a few minutes. Make sure to give the potatoes enough room so they do not keep cooking.
  3. Add the canola oil and one tablespoon of butter to a large nonstick skillet. Heat over medium/high heat until the butter melts and stops foaming.
  4. Add the potatoes to the pan. Turn the heat up just a bit. Toss the potatoes using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until they are all coated with the oil/butter mixture. Continue to cook the potatoes for about ten minutes, turning every few minutes until golden on all sides.
  5. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Using the spoon/spatula or a potato masher, roughly mash the potatoes. You still want to be able to see some of their individual shapes. Add small dots of the remaining tablespoon of butter to the tops of the potatoes.
  6. Cover the pan with a lid. Cook for four to five more minutes until the bottom is deeply golden and crusty.
  7. Add the potatoes to a serving dish and eat right away!

Here is a round up of the other great Brunch Week recipes:

Brunch Recipes with Eggs

Asparagus and Leek Frittata by Rachel Cooks
Baked Ham and Egg Cups by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Deviled Egg Spread with Home Rolled Crackers by Vanilla Lemonade
Veggie Quiche Cups by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Asparagus and Eggs in Mornay Sauce by Noshing With The Nolands

Brunch Recipes with Potatoes

Traditional Home Fries by Sarcastic Cooking

Meat, Poultry and Fish Brunch Recipes

Chicken Pockets by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Turkey Dill Crepes by Kokocooks

Breads, Grains, Cereals and Pancake-type Yums

Cherry Coconut Granola by Katie’s Cucina
Brioche by poet in the pantry
Gold Goddess Steel Cut Oats by The Vintage Cook
Quick and Easy Early Morning Parfaits by Cravings of a Lunatic
Caramelized Onion & Bacon Croque Monsieur by The Kitchen Prep
Belgian Liege Waffles by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Fruit and Vegetable Brunch Recipes

Warm Salad Three Ways by Cook the Story

Spreads for Brunch

Black & Blue Thyme Jam by Cooking In Stilettos

Brunch Dessert Recipes

Crumb-Top Blueberry Muffins by Love and Confections
Banana Walnut Scone (Gluten Free/Dairy Free) by Around My Family Table
Croissant & Chocolate Bread Pudding by White Lights on Wednesday
Honey Poached Pear “Sundae” by Amanda’s Apron
Strawberries and Cream Muffins by The Domestic Mama & The Village CookLemon Poke Cake by Real Housemoms

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  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    May 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Love home fries and these ones look so goo!

  • Anita at Hungry Couple
    May 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    It’s very uncouth to sit and eat with your fingers. I stand at the kitchen counter. 🙂

  • Kim Beaulieu
    May 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    This is seriously spectacular. I love a good potato recipe.

  • DessertForTwo
    May 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    omg so many prizes! I’m in!

  • katie
    May 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Yum! I love breakfast potatoes!

  • Natalie S
    May 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    These potatoes look great!

  • Cate @ ChezCateyLou
    May 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I can smell the delicious potatoes through the computer screen 🙂

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    May 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Mmmmmm, taters.

  • Tara
    May 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Nothing better than home fries at brunch or any time of the day!!! Yours look so very good!!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    May 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Make these for me. Please. I need em in my liiiife!

  • Leslie
    May 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Home Fries! I love them, but I haven’t had the patience to make them well.

  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)
    May 8, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Yes! So perfect for sopping up that extra runny egg yolk, like you said. Your home fries look excellent.

  • Susan
    May 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

    “justify your craziness to your judgmental pug” <———– YES!!! Also double yes on home fries, the best part of brunch and I get really upset when my egg dishes don't come with any.

  • Suzanne
    May 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

    These look great! I would totally pop them in my mouth sans utensils as well.

  • Jane's Adventures in Dinner
    May 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Brunch just isn’t the same without homefries-great!

  • Carrie @ poet int he pantry
    May 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Home fries are one of my favorite parts about brunch! I never can seem to get them quite crispy enough–I think I get too impatient and crowd them in the pan. Yours look lovely!

  • Rachel Cooks
    May 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

    These look perfect!