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Easy Skillet Breakfast Potatoes Three Ways

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Easy Skillet Breakfast Potatoes Three Ways

The Quest for the Perfect Breakfast Potato

I’ll admit it – I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with potatoes. As a kid, I’d turn my nose up at the sight of them, longing for sugary cereals and buttery waffles instead. But something changed when I started visiting my favorite local diner. There, nestled alongside crispy bacon and fluffy scrambled eggs, lay the most irresistible breakfast potatoes I had ever tasted.

These weren’t your average spuds, seasoned with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. No, these were the stuff of breakfast dreams – golden brown on the outside, tender and creamy on the inside, and bursting with flavor from garlic, onion, and a hint of smoky paprika. I couldn’t get enough, and I knew I had to learn the secret to replicating them at home.

The Struggle to Recreate Diner-Style Potatoes

I tried every trick in the book – parboiling, roasting, even coating the potatoes in cornstarch. But no matter what I did, I just couldn’t achieve that perfect balance of crisp and tender that made the diner potatoes so irresistible. I was about to give up, resigning myself to a life of mediocre breakfast spuds, when I stumbled upon a game-changing technique: steaming the potatoes before cooking them in the skillet.

As the folks at Little Spice Jar explained, the key to achieving that coveted diner-style texture is in the pre-cooking step. By steaming the potatoes, either on the stovetop or in the microwave, you remove excess moisture and create the perfect canvas for that golden-brown sear in the skillet.

Three Delicious Variations

With this newfound knowledge, I set out to create not one, not two, but three mouthwatering variations of these easy skillet breakfast potatoes. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic flavor profile, a spicy kick, or a touch of sweetness, I’ve got you covered.

Classic Skillet Breakfast Potatoes

Let’s start with the OG – the classic skillet breakfast potato. As The Whole Cook advises, all you need are some yellow or gold potatoes, a bit of olive oil, and a simple seasoning blend of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and a pinch of cayenne. The key is to let those steamed potatoes sizzle in the skillet until they develop a delightful crunch on the outside while staying deliciously tender on the inside.

Spicy Southwest Skillet Potatoes

For those who like a little heat, may I present the Spicy Southwest Skillet Potatoes? As seen in this YouTube tutorial, we’re amping up the flavor with the addition of chili powder, cumin, and a sprinkle of cayenne. Top it off with some diced onions and bell peppers, and you’ve got a breakfast (or anytime) side dish that will wake up your taste buds.

Maple-Dijon Skillet Potatoes

And for those days when you’re craving something a little bit sweet, allow me to introduce the Maple-Dijon Skillet Potatoes. As Jamie from Jamie Cooks It Up suggests, a drizzle of pure maple syrup and a dollop of tangy Dijon mustard create a delectable glaze that caramelizes on the potatoes as they cook. The result is a perfect balance of savory and sweet that will have you going back for seconds.

The Beauty of Skillet Potatoes

No matter which variation you choose, these easy skillet breakfast potatoes are sure to become a staple in your household. They’re the perfect accompaniment to your morning eggs, a great addition to your brunch spread, or even a tasty side dish for dinner. And the best part? You can prep the potatoes in advance, making them a breeze to whip up on even the busiest of mornings.

So gather your ingredients, grab your trusty skillet, and get ready to experience the magic of these irresistible breakfast potatoes. Your taste buds (and your hungry family) will thank you.


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