“I’m not fancy, my favorites are cornbread, pinto beans and Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions”, said my new 92 year old friend when asked about her favorite foods. “Yeah, me too”, I agreed. Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions
Anyway, since I recently wrote about Pinto Beans and also Corn Bread, I thought I would discuss all the attributes of fried potatoes and onions, because, why not? Is there a more simple and yet delicious food around? Probably not.
Have you ever thought about being stranded on an island and what foods would be best to have along? Potatoes would be a top of the line choice for me. So nutritious and filling and DELICIOUS!
How to cook Potatoes and Onions on the stove
There isn’t much that could be more simple than Fried Potatoes and Onions on the stove. First, you will want to gather your equipment and ingredients.
A heavy frying pan (a well seasoned 9” Cast Iron frying pan) is best. Do not use a non stick pan for this job. If all you have is stainless steel – ok – but it sticks worse.
Good quality peanut oil and some unsweetened sweet cream butter
Salt and Pepper
Potatoes and onions
OK – well maybe a little paprika and basil – but that is just me.
The main problem issue with potatoes is that they are sticky. They LOVE to stick to the pan. Follow my recipe with the tips and tricks that you find below the recipe and you’ll have the best chance at no sticking, crispy and tasty fried potatoes and onions.
How to make cubed potatoes
People have asked how to make cubed potatoes and it is simply how you cut the potatoes. If you like yours in cubes, then cut into cubes. If you like yours cut into chip-like slices, then cut into slices. It is entirely up to you.
Personally, I find cubes easier to deal with during cooking, but it is more work cutting them up.
The Recipe for Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions
- Enough peanut oil to wet the entire bottom of your pan
- 2 tbs unsalted sweet cream butter
- 1 lb Idaho, Russet or Red potatoes (I like Reds - but that is just a personal preference)
- Salted water
- ½ medium sized sweet onion (like Vidalia)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Garnish with paprika and fresh basil
- Place a heavy 9” cast iron skillet over medium heat (just a little more than medium on my electric stove).
- Pour oil into the skillet and add the butter as well. Allow this to heat until the oil is shimmery on the surface - not smoking - if it starts to smoke, pull it off the heat and let it cool some until it is shimmery again.
- Cut up the potatoes into pieces that are the same size - chips or cubes - your choice.
- As you cut, place into 4 cups of water that has 2 Tbs of salt mixed in.
- Cut up onion into bigger chunks than you cut the potato.
- After 5 minutes, drain the potato VERY WELL and dry with paper towels
- When the oil is ready (shimmery) put the potato and the onion into the oil. Do not crowd the potatoes. If there isn’t enough room for them to lay side by side, then let some cook, remove them to drain on a paper towel and then cook the rest.
- Cook for about 4 minutes on one side then flip and cook for another 2-4 minutes on the other side.
- Drain on a paper towel. Salt and pepper as soon as you remove from the oil
- Garnish and serve hot.
Tips and Tricks for Southern Fried Potatoes and Onion
- You are going to ask if you can use some other oil. The answer is yes you can use a different oil – however, peanut oil and butter have a wonderful taste that is true south.
- You are probably going to ask if you can use a different potato. The answer is – yes. Use any potato you like
- You are also going to ask if you have to peel the potato or not. The answer is – whatever tastes good to you. I like to use red potatoes because the skin is thin and you almost never have to peel it off. I don’t like peeling potatoes – so that is a great plus in my book.
- Do you have to soak the potatoes in salted water? No, you don’t have to – but it works better if you do.
- Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions are terrific when made from already baked potatoes. Mr. Loaves and Dishes use a lot of our leftover baking potatoes this way!
- What about other seasonings? Use what you like – you might want to try some garlic salt!
- One important thing – this is VERY IMPORTANT – oil and water do not mix. Hot oil and water can start a fire. MAKE SURE TO DRY THE POTATOES OFF VERY WELL BEFORE PUTTING THEM IN THE HOT OIL!
- The cooking time is variable depending on your potato – how thickly you slice them – the type, etc. Cook them until they are browned the way you like – if you like a mushier potato then cook for a shorter time – if you like a more crunchy potato then cook for a longer time.
- It is important to add the salt as soon as you remove from the oil. The salt will stick to the oil but that oil will drain off shortly and then you have missed your window of opportunity.
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A VERSE TO SHARE
What do you think about the situation in the world right now? What do you think about how we are treating each other and talking to each other? What do you think about what you hear from TV shows and on the news? How are people perceiving Christians these days? Have you noticed the raising popularity of Atheism?
We will not point a finger outwardly here. Not at Loaves and Dishes. My mother always said that when you have a finger pointing out at someone else, you have 3 pointing back at yourself. My experience has been that this is absolutely true.
Personally, I think we (yeah, us Christians) have a credibility problem.
Do you remember that song you sang at church as a child? “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine”. (I heard you singing) <smile>.
THE BEGINNING OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
As a follower of Jesus, shouldn’t we remember FIRST the accounts of what Jesus actually said? I think so. I give a little more credit to His words more than to other passages in the Bible.
As Jesus was gearing up for the Sermon on the Mount, ,he began with what we know as the Beatitudes. You know the ones. Blessed are the weak…..
Next, he proceeded to the part about people being the “salt of the earth”. Don’t think I haven’t given that verse a lot of thought this week.
The Town on the Hill
Then Jesus, speaking in metaphors like he so often did, tells us, “A town built on a hill cannot be hidden” Meaning, of course, that WE are his town and he has put us on a hill where we can be SEEN!
Being SEEN has its inherent responsibilities, doesn’t it?
When I was small, we dressed up any time we went into town, even if it was just to get groceries. I can remember my mother saying something like this in the car before we went in the store. “People will see you when we go in here and they know you are a Medlin, act like you’ve got some sense”. She would be dusting me off, straightening stray hairs on my head and examining me for any new dirt she could wipe off.
I think it is the same way with us. Jesus has made us the town on the hill that he can’t and doesn’t want to hide, Therefore, we MUST act like we’ve got some sense. Be presentable. Represent our family in God well as we go about.
Let Your Light Shine
In the next phrase of this passage, Jesus talks about putting your light on a stand so that it shines on everyone.
Now, Jesus tells us about a gozillion times not to judge others, he says the judging is up to God who sits in heaven. He says we should be discerning in the company we keep. We should lift each other up. We should be kind. I never once heard Jesus say that we should condemn each other.
In fact, instead, I’m pretty sure he said “Let those of you who are without sin cast the first stone”. Yeah, I’m right. He did.
Just so you know, I’m not pointing any fingers here. I don’t do that. I’m not always a model Christian either. But, the actions we take represent Christ to others – and especially to non believers. Sure, YOU are forgiven. Many others watching you are no.
You ARE the Light
You are also the light that shines before others. That is an awesome responsibility that we must take seriously.
Think about that as you drive along in traffic today. Think about that if you start to say something ugly about a coworker at lunch. Consider your actions as you hollar in support of your child’s little league team.
Maybe hold your finger up and sing to yourself, “This little light of mine…..”.
Here is Matthew 5: 14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven