This is my go-to recipe for big breakfasts and brunches. My husband makes a really delicious fried potato, but usually when I’m making a big breakfast I don’t have the time to gently fry a bunch of potatoes. It allows me to have the stove free for other delicious things such as scrambled tofu and pancakes. These are highly customizable, so throw in whatever you like! The keys to that classic home fry flavour are some onion, some bell pepper and a nice assortment of herbs and spices. Sometimes I put in some sweet potato or butternut squash, but you can stick to potatoes.
I often just lay out all the ingredients onto the baking sheet and toss it all together with my hands, but feel free to use a bowl to do that instead. Any potato is going to turn out just fine, but a Russet or red-skinned come highly recommended. If you go with butternut squash, make those cubes a little smaller as they are a denser vegetable than potatoes. There aren’t many ways you can go wrong with this, so relax and try to enjoy some breakfast.
Roasted Home Fries
6 medium potatoes, any kind you like, scubbed and chopped small
1 small sweet potato, or equivalent of butternut squash, chopped small (optional)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
Half a bell pepper, any colour, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Pinch of dried thyme, rosemary, savoury, oregano, parprika
Smaller pinch of smoked paprika, cayenne, celery seed, garlic powder
Green onion, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of the oil on it. Combine the potatoes with onion and bell pepper. Season generously, drizzle the remaining oil and toss to combine. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown, turning over once (if you want to) about 20 minutes in. Top with fresh green onion and serve hot or warm with your favourite breakfast foods, such as my scrambled tofu with greens, simple vegan pancakes or buckwheat waffles.