Fantastic breakfast potato recipes?
September 28, 2013 9:48 AM   Subscribe

What are some amazing breakfast potato recipes that you have tried and loved? No hash browns, please. Crispiness a must. Cool flavor combinations, e.g. spicy/sweet - or other interesting/creative aspects a plus.
posted by shivohum to Food & Drink (23 answers total) 60 users marked this as a favorite
Latkes with applesauce.
posted by brujita at 9:51 AM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]

Polish Placki (kind of like latkes but with grated potato and grated onion).

Must eat with sour cream, salt & pepper.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 9:58 AM on September 28, 2013

Potato pancakes with creme fresh and caviar!
posted by OHenryPacey at 10:17 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

Breakfast poutine! Many variations on the theme...
posted by kmennie at 10:19 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

1. Thinly slice potatoes, toss with olive oil, salt and herbs if you like. Lay flat on baking sheet, broil until crisp.

2. Grate potatoes and fry in a thin layer of olive oil. NOM.
posted by bunderful at 10:19 AM on September 28, 2013

You can have Bubble and squeak for breakfast (made of leftovers from dinner the night before).
posted by Halo in reverse at 10:24 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

It's not a breakfast food in its original setting, but Spanish tortilla is amazing any time.
posted by WidgetAlley at 10:36 AM on September 28, 2013 [3 favorites]

breakfast burritos with corn torillas.
posted by goethean at 10:42 AM on September 28, 2013

The secret to great home fries is to parboil (or otherwise pre-cook) them before frying; just cut them up into whatever shape you want the finished product to take, then drain them really well and cook them on high heat with plenty of oil. This will let you get them nice and crispy on the outside without worrying that you're undercooking the inside. I like to add a good splosh of vinegar and some salt to the water, too, this seems to permeate them with flavor.
posted by contraption at 10:44 AM on September 28, 2013 [2 favorites]

Papas con chorizo. Get some chorizo and crisp it in a pan with some diced onions, throw in some diced potatoes and cook until soft. That's it. Great with scrambled eggs in breakfast tacos.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:55 AM on September 28, 2013

1. Slice fully cooked baked potatoes into thick slices.

2. Fry on one side in a centimeter or two of neutral oil. Don't touch them until they're golden broken on that one side. Sprinkle the backs with salt, aleppo pepper and smoked paprika.

3. Flip each slice individually. I know, it's kind of a pain, but cooking each one evenly is worth the effort, just stirring them around and randomly flipping some and not others is not saving time.

4. Sprinkle the side that's now facing up with salt, aleppo pepper and paprika.

5. Drain on paper towels. If you have dill in your garden, a little bit chopped up is fantastic sprinkled on top, and in fact pretty much any milder green herb (basil, cilantro) is great to add a bit of color.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:56 AM on September 28, 2013 [4 favorites]

I just bought the ingredients today to make sweet potato hash with sausages and eggs for brunch tomorrow morning. I actually have some left over cooked new potatoes so I'll probably use them in addition to the sweet potatoes - I don't see why you couldn't use solely normal potatoes if you wanted.
posted by schmoo at 11:00 AM on September 28, 2013

Go camping.

In the morning, build a campfire.

Cut a potato in half, and scoop out about three quarters of it on each side.

Crack an egg into one half of the potato. Fill the other half with shredded cheese, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper & anything else you can think of that will fit.

Put the two halves of the potato together.

Wrap the potato in tinfoil.

Put the potato in the fire.

Wait an hour.


(You could probably skip going camping and put the potato in the oven instead of on the fire, but what fun would that be?)
posted by pretentious illiterate at 11:01 AM on September 28, 2013 [15 favorites]

This recipe, and everything else by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, is great.

In general, potatoes + tortillas = delicious.
posted by rossination at 11:49 AM on September 28, 2013

my favorite-ever potatoes I make are a combo of these crunchy polenta-crusted potatoes & these roasted mustard potatoes -- the polenta & method of the former, and the mustard & spice from the latter. they're sweet, spicy, crispy, all of it.
posted by changeling at 11:53 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

I do what Juliet Banana does, and then add scrambled eggs & cheese to the pan with the potatoes still in it and basically make a version of a spanish tortilla. Sometimes I finish by browning the cheese on top in the broiler.
posted by misskaz at 11:56 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc Potatoes Pavé would be a really creative way to serve breakfast potatoes, and you could probably switch out the thyme for rosemary or dill, depending on what you're serving with them. Plus, look at all that surface area to crisp up!

I really love the Ad Hoc Scallion Cakes but those might be too much like harsh browns for you.
posted by Room 641-A at 1:47 PM on September 28, 2013

This café in Liverpool did what they called hash browns, but they were really boiled potatoes crushed up, mixed with mustard and a bit of horseradish, and then put onto the grill for a bit.

So so good.
posted by Katemonkey at 2:33 PM on September 28, 2013

It's embarrassing how good these onion soup potatoes are.
posted by 26.2 at 4:53 PM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

OMG, I just made this Roast Potato recipe yesterday and ate myself into a carb coma. It was ridiculously, out of all proportion good.

The only change I made was to use part olive oil/part Trader Joe's toasted sesame oil. Nom.
posted by Space Kitty at 6:18 PM on September 28, 2013

This is a lot like hash browns, but my mom makes quiche with a tater tot crust. Thaw tots, mush them into a pie dish, add regular quiche filling. Bake until eggs are set and taters are crispy. SO GOOD.
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:07 PM on September 28, 2013

Us Eastern Bloc jews make hashbrowns with leftover chicken fat/drippings (we call it Schmaltz). Adds a rich savory flavor unattainable with oil or butter.
posted by softlord at 7:37 PM on September 28, 2013

The dish you seek is rosti.
posted by elizeh at 7:51 AM on September 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

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