We had a lot of fried potatoes when I was growing up. I like to think it was a Southern thing and no one made them like my Mom. Oh sure, we loved her creamy mashed potatoes .... but fried potatoes and onions? Now that was a whole different story. Sometimes she would add some fresh green beans from her garden that she had cooked all day with ham hocks. Now that was a supper! And she always made fried potatoes with with soup beans and corn bread. When you think about it, you never see skillet fried potatoes on the menu of a restaurant. You might see home fries or hash browns but its hard to find good old country fried potatoes and onions. Looks like you'll have to make them yourself! Go ahead. This is what memories are made of.
Skillet Fried Potatoes and Onions
6 medium white potatoes
1 sweet onion
2 tablespoons bacon grease (the secret is the bacon fat!)
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
Slice the potatoes and onions. Melt the butter and the bacon fat over medium high heat in a large skillet (I use a 12 inch cast iron skillet). Fry onions until just tender and then add potatoes, spreading them in a single layer on the bottom of the skillet. Sprinkle on salt and pepper.
Allow potatoes and onions to cook until golden brown on the first side and then flip and fry on the other side. Onions will start to caramelize so you want to scrap up the bits as you turn them.
Turn down heat to medium and cover. Continue to fry, flipping a few more times until all the potatoes and onions are golden brown. Serve as a side dish with anything.
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