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Since we’ve been eating Clean, there’s been a few things I’ve made that get that really, this is good to eat? reaction. These bacon fried potatoes are one of those dishes. Crispy bacon and crunchy fried potatoes. Say it all, really :)
Clean Eating Fried Potatoes
If you read my blog a bit you’ll know I fry food, but only when it really adds something to the dish. If I can bake it, I prefer to bake it. These potatoes however, are amazing fried. So that’s what I do. They’re so easy to make and are such a hit in this house, they make an at least a couple-of-times-a-month appearance with us.
You can use whatever potatoes you have so they’re also a great way to use up any potatoes that need eating. I peel ours (child 2 has a strange aversion to potato skin :), but you don’t need to. I then slice them fairly thickly. I used the sort of potatoes you’d usually use for roast potatoes for this recipe and so after I sliced them, I then cut them in half to make them a little smaller.
I usually add some soft, fried until they’re caramelized thin sliced onions to this as well. I know lots of kids won’t eaten onions given to them in such an obvious way, so feel free to leave these out. It won’t take away from the recipe if you don’t add them.
Make sure you don’t skip the ‘softening the potatoes’ stage, no one likes an undercooked potato :)
This recipe is made in stages, easy stages but stages still, so this is reserved for the weekends here when there’s a little more time.
How To Soften Potatoes Before Frying
After you’ve peeled and sliced the potatoes, it’s important to cook them in boiling water before frying them. We’re not cooking them fully, but they need to be cooked a little before they hit the frying pan, or the chance are high you’ll end up with half raw potatoes. Yuk.
Put a pan of boiling water on the cooker top and boil it, then just put your peeled, sliced potatoes into it for 6-8 minutes. You want them to be soft but able to keep their shape. They’re going to crumble a little. This is fine as it gives us the crispy edges, but it all depends on the thickness of your potatoes as to how long you need to boil them for. Keep an eye on them and drain them when they’re semi cooked. Use a sharp knife to test them.
These bacon fried potatoes are pretty perfect on their own. But….adding a few extras never hurts either :)
- Poached eggs
- Grilled mushrooms and tomatoes
More Clean Eating Potato Recipes
How To Make Bacon Fried Potatoes
Bacon Fried Potatoes
- 4 Large Potatoes Peeled
- 4 tbsp Olive oil half for bacon / half for potatoes
- 4 Rashers Smoked bacon sliced
- 1 Large Onion thinly sliced, optional
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Put a pan of water on the cooker top to boil while you peel and slice the potatoes
- Add your sliced potatoes to the boiling water and cook for 6-8 minutes until tender but not crumbling. Drain the potatoes once they're tender.
- In a large frying pan, fry the bacon and onions in half the Olive oil until the onions are soft and the bacon is crispy. Once they're cooked, take them off the heat , transfer to another dish and put them to one side
- Add the rest of the Olive oil to the same frying pan you cooked the onions and bacon in and add the potatoes. Lay the potatoes in the pan fairly flat, you want them to be able to touch the pan so they can fry properly. Do this in two batches if needed
- Once the potatoes are golden and crunchy looking, transfer them to a serving dish. Pop the onions and bacon back into the pan to reheat them again slightly and add to the top of the potatoes.