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How To: Make Your Own Perfect Crispy Home Fries

How To: Make Your Own Perfect Crispy Home Fries

There is nothing better than crispy, flavorful home fries with a savory breakfast.  Home fries are one of our favorite breakfast staples at The Original Pancake House in Denver – dip them in a runny egg, enjoy them with hot sauce, or just eat them straight-up!  Though we can’t share our own secret recipe, we can give you a few good tips for making delicious home fries in your own kitchen!  

To start, make sure you select the right potato.  We like russet potatoes as they are more starchy, like to soak up butter and flavors, and will give you a nice creamy center.  Red, new, or fingerling potatoes won’t give you the same smooth and buttery center as a russet.

Next, parboil the potatoes to get the right texture.  After you cube your potatoes, add them to a pot with cold water just deep enough to cover the potatoes.  Bring the water to a boil and cook for just a couple of minutes once boiling.  This cooking method will yield the soft creamy inside; be careful not to overdo it as boiling too long will result in mushy and crumbly potatoes.

If you like onions in your home fries, dice and cook them separately while the potatoes are boiling.  Cooking onions on their own will ensure they have proper time and space to saute properly.  Cook onions until they are translucent and fragrant, then set aside.

Now it is finally time to cook those potatoes!  Add both oil and butter to the skillet or cast iron pan and arrange potatoes in a single layer.  It is important not to overcrowd the pan as you want to make sure each potato is seared.  As you are searing the potatoes, add in your seasonings.  We like paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic. Once you get a nice golden brown, crispy edge on your spuds, flip them and sear the other side(s).  When you have a nice crispy crust on all sides, add your onions back to the pan for a final saute and serve immediately!

And of course, next time you are out for breakfast in Denver, let us share our own homemade home fries with you!  Bon Appetit!

Back to School Breakfasts

Back to School Breakfasts

Here we go again!  The kids are heading back to school and suddenly the leisurely summer mornings are replaced with rush, rush, go, go, get to school on time!  But wait, we all need to eat something healthy and nutritious to give us energy for the day and to help our brains get ready to… Continue Reading

Peachy Keen!

Peachy Keen!

August is National Peach Month and we’re loving all the delicious peaches coming into Denver from Colorado’s western slope.  If you went peach picking in Palisade, or your local farmer’s market, you may be wondering how you can incorporate peaches into every meal, including breakfast! Here are a few of our favorite ideas for a… Continue Reading

On Cloud 9 With Cloud Eggs!

On Cloud 9 With Cloud Eggs!

We are loving the latest Instagram trend – Cloud Eggs!  Have you seen your (millennial) friends post pictures of beautiful cloud eggs for breakfast?  They are, in our opinion, some of the most photogenic eggs out there!  And they are very simple to make.   Here is the basic run down: Heat oven to 450°… Continue Reading

Refresh Your Breakfast!

Refresh Your Breakfast!

Though we like to eat a big breakfast of eggs or pancakes (or crepes or waffles!) most days of the week, sometimes we all need something light and refreshing for breakfast on a warm summer morning.  Here are a few ideas for a light and easy summer breakfast: Bagel & Fruit “Pizzas”* This is a… Continue Reading

Fresh Berries on the Brain!

Fresh Berries on the Brain!

They’re back!  With the month of May comes signs of summer and perhaps our favorite part of the season – fresh berries!  Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and of course strawberries all top some of our favorite breakfast dishes including our popular Seasonal Berry Crepes, Strawberry Belgian Waffles, Blueberry Belgian Waffles, Seasonal Berry French Toast, and our… Continue Reading

Cold Mornings Require Hot Eats!

Cold Mornings Require Hot Eats!

Though this February in Denver has been quite lovely, we are fairly certain that Old Man Winter has a few chilly days left for us before spring officially arrives.  For breakfast on a frosty morning, we all crave something a bit warmer than cold cereal.  Here are a few ideas to warm up your breakfast… Continue Reading

Celebrate National Grapefruit Month!

Celebrate National Grapefruit Month!

Did you know that February is National Grapefruit Month?  Slightly sweet, slightly tart, and pretty in pink, grapefruits have graced the breakfast table as far back as anyone can remember! We think this oh-so-healthy breakfast staple deserves some celebration.  Here are a few fun facts about grapefruits! Grapefruits are naturally loaded with the antioxidant Vitamin… Continue Reading

We Are Oven Lovin’ for National Baking Month!

We Are Oven Lovin’ for National Baking Month!

January is National Baking Month and we can think of no better way to warm your kitchen (and heart!) than by baking something special to share with loved ones!  For chilly mornings at home, we love to set the oven to 350 degrees and create delicious baked breakfast treats.  Here are a few of our… Continue Reading

 

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