Potatoes O’Brien is a classic side dish dating back to the early 1900’s made from fried, diced potatoes, plus red and green bell peppers and other seasonings.
Many restaurants serve this easy dish at breakfast alongside eggs and sausage or bacon, but we think Potatoes O’Brien is just as delicious served at dinnertime with any favorite entrée!
Living in New England, my husband Jack and I have always believed that Potatoes O’Brien was a recipe with origins from Massachusetts. But Wikipedia attributes Potatoes O’Brien to both a restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts called Jerome’s, as well as a Manhattan, New York-based restaurant called Jack’s.
Well, both Jerome and Jack were on to something good! Potatoes O’Brien have fantastic flavor, and I love the little crispy cubes of potato with the flavor of the diced bell pepper.Print
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 cups medium diced red bell pepper
- 1½ cups medium diced green bell pepper
- 1 ½ cups medium diced yellow onion
- 2 pounds all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
- 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat two tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of oil over medium high heat.
- Add both peppers and onion and cook ten minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Add potatoes, garlic, salt and pepper and cover. Lower heat to medium and cook ten more minutes, stirring every few minutes. Test potato doneness and cook longer if not fully cooked.
- Remove lid, add remaining butter and oil and raise heat to high.
- Cook for about two minutes until the mixture is crispy.
- Add more salt and pepper to season if desired. Serve immediately.
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