Shoe String Potatoes as Home Fries
Shoe String Potatoes is more about how the potatoes are sliced, than a certain method of making them. This is my third method for doing these, and all of them are good in their own way. Please check out Shoe String Potatoes as Matchstick Fries, and Cajun, Shoe String, or Rosti Potatoes for some other variations.
I've always wondered how to make the potatoes you get in many restaurants as home fries. They're done well, taste good, and remain separate, rather than becoming a pancake. By rinsing the starch off the potatoes, at least 3 times, or until the water is clear, they won't stick together.
I, quite often, make these for breakfast, but if you illiminate the bacon, they'll go just as well with any meat as a main course.
If you're someone who likes onions and peppers with your home fries, don't cook them with the potatoes. These vegetables contain a lot of water, and will soften the potatoes. Cook them in a seperate pan, then add them to the potatoes once both are done. This way the potatoes will remain crisp.
- 2 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes
- 3 Slices Thick-sliced Bacon
- 2 Tablespoons Butt Kickin' Steak House Blend
- 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Vegetable Oil, as needed
- A Mandolin
1. Begin by using a mandolin to grate the pepper in 1/8" julienne into a bowl. Rinse the sliced potatoes 3 times, then let stand in the water until your ready to use them.
Mandolins are VERY SHARP. Make sure to use the guard when slicing the potatoes.
2. Cut each slice of bacon into 3rds, the cut each of these pieces into thirds again to make 2" - 3" strips that are about 3/8" wide. Saute them in a pan over medium heat to render out the fat. Place the cooked bacon on a paper towel to drain.
3. Drain the potatoes again, and dump them all into the pan. Add the Steakhouse Blend, and the salt and mix it well. Gently flatten them out, and let them cook, uncovered, over medium low heat until the potatoes just begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
4. Flip them over, stir them up, then flatten them out again and let them cook. As they begin to get done, add the bacon and stir it in. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Watch to see if you need to add a little vegetable oil during the cooking process.
If the potatoes burn too quickly, turn the heat down, and if they're not browning in 3 - 5 minutes, turn the heat up again.
5. When the potatoes are done, set them on paper towels on a plate, to drain out any oil or bacon fat. If you don't do this, the potatoes will be greasy.
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