Fall Home Fries

I recently came up with these while planning my Halloween brunch. They're a riff on traditional home fries with the added bonus of sweet potatoes/yams!


2 yams, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 red pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
Olive oil
cayenne, paprika, pepper, salt, sugar


In large pot, bring water to boil. Add potatoes and yams and cook for about 5 minutes, until just beginning to soften. DON'T OVERCOOK! Drain thoroughly and add to large oiled skillet over medium heat. DON'T move them around! At least for the first five minutes; you want them to be able to start to brown and caramelize. Also, it helps not to overload the pan, allowing all potatoes to have some surface area. After about 10 minutes, add the peppers and onions. Don't salt the potatoes yet, as this will draw out water and cause them to become soggy. Now you cook for a long time. A LONG time, stirring every few minutes. You want all of the potatoes to become nicely browned, crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, and for the onions and peppers to do the same. Now, add your spices, salt, and pepper to taste. You will need to add a ton of salt, but don't forget the sugar, as this helps to balance out the flavor. I like mine to be salty/sweet and spicy. These are great with eggs on top!




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