Home Fries – Easy to Make Side Dish


If you long for some restaurant-style home fries to accompany your breakfast fare or compliment your dinner menu, these tasty morsels are very easy to make.  You’ll need potatoes, either left-over baked or boiled (drained), or start with fresh potatoes.

Peeling is optional and depends on your preference. I tend to like the peelings, but if they are too rugged, peel before you start frying them. Spice is also to preference, but a spicy blend gives potatoes some zest.

How to Make Home Fries in a Frypan:

  • Wash fresh potatoes or use prebaked or boiled
  • Pat dry with paper towel
  • Cube, slice or french-cut your potatoes
  • Potato skins are optional
  • Chopped onions and/or celery – optional but adds flavor
  • Add a tablespoon or more of oil to a hot frypan
  • Place potatoes and onions in hot pan
  • Cook on low to medium heat
  • Season with salt, pepper and choice of spice (curry, parsley, celery, chives)
  • Turn over several times as each side to brown slightly
  • Potatoes are done when fork tender
  • Serve hot

How to Make Home Fries in the Actifry:

The Actifry is made by T-Fal and is a counter appliance with a nonstick ceramic coating. Its best feature is the fact that it rotates foods and there’s really no other appliance on the market with this feature. It makes very good french fries with only a tablespoon of oil, as well a host of other foods.  That’s a far cry from the calories you get when cooking fries in a deep fryer. That also means a healthier Poutine – nice to have that treat guilt-free, right at home. The french fry results are better than oven-baking frozen fries.

I’ve very much enjoyed the Actifry and found many uses for it, including home fries. Though they take longer to make in this appliance – about 40 minutes, compared to about 20 minutes on the stove, you don’t have to monitor, stir or turn them over. It’s basically hands-free, so you can concentrate on the rest of the meal.

To make home fries, you can use fresh potatoes or baked/boiled which will be ready in less time. Fresh potatoes should be rinsed and pat dry, to remove starch which could clog the rotary arm. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Set the timer – less if boiled/baked and press On.  Fresh potatoes tend to take about 40 minutes, so planning your meal serving time is important. You can monitor progress or stop the cycle if the taters are ready. Home fries from boiled/baked state take about 25 minutes.

The Actifry does take a bit of counter space and is pricey to buy, but it has earned a spot in my kitchen and not just for home or french fries, but also for vegetables and stir fries. It really depends what you like to cook, whether your budget can handle it and if you have the room to store or place it. If you do use it a lot, it will quickly pay for itself. Just making healthy french fries for the kids is a plus.

Other Home Fries Tips:

  • Stove frying – It takes about 15-20 minutes for potatoes from raw state, so cooking/baking extra potatoes the night before, will save you time
  • Use vegetable, safflower or canola oil for best taste
  • Small cubes cook faster
  • A nonstick pan makes clean-up quick and easy
  • Home fries are always best first time around, so careful with quantity
  • Great with morning eggs, but also a compliment with sausage for dinner
  • Ideal for campfire cooking
  • Sausage can cook in the same pan with potatoes, but boil them first to remove grease and put them in just to brown
  • Home fries are a great way to increase meal capacity when guests drop in or to make a hum-drum breakfast a crowd pleaser

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