Presenting the perfect comfort food way to use up leftover baked potatoes: Super Seasoned Pan Fried Potatoes!
Here’s an unapologetic comfort food side dish for a too-cold day here in Chicago. Seriously: They’re predicting snow accumulation for Halloween? Nooooo! Let’s make ourselves feel better about the weather today by turning leftover baked potatoes into these Super Seasoned Pan Fried Potatoes.
Whenever I cook up baked potatoes in the oven or the toaster oven, I throw in a few extra to enjoy leftover or to use in other recipes — as long as you’re heating up the oven anyway, why not? Potatoes tend to take waaaay too long to pan fry for my impatient family, but we resolve that issue here by starting with ones that are already cooked through. Planned leftovers are simply the best, I tells ya.
What else is the best? These super seasoned pan fried potatoes, of course. The secret here is in the browning + the seasoning; don’t skimp on the spices, because they’re the key to taking any skillet or roasted potato recipe up a notch. Start with the basics, but then you can change up the seasonings on these easy skillet potatoes to your own family’s tastes, too.
This is one of these side dishes I generally just throw into the pan without measuring, using whatever potatoes I have on hand and whatever seasoning mix seems good to me that day… but today, I measured for your benefit in order to get the basic recipe written down.
Super Seasoned Pan Fried Potatoes
2 large cooked baked potatoes (see Note)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (omit if sensitive to heat)
Black pepper, to taste
Turn on your oven fan. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about two minutes, or until butter is melted. Swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
Meanwhile, slice your potatoes into circles.
Arrange potato slices in a single layer in the prepared skillet, then season them evenly with all of the spices.
Cook potatoes over medium-high heat for about ten minutes, until browned nicely on both sides. Flip potatoes occasionally, and be sure to keep moving the less browned slices into the center of the pan so that every piece gets beautifully browned on both sides.
Serve hot, and enjoy!
Note: If you don’t have leftover baked potatoes, microwave two potatoes until soft, then slice when cool enough to handle and proceed with the rest of the recipe. If you don’t have large baking potatoes, use a few smaller ones. You can’t go wrong, really…
Pan fried potatoes work for breakfast or for dinner
The perfect side dish for any meal, super seasoned pan fried potatoes are so lovely for dinner when paired with a simpler green vegetable — or serve them for breakfast alongside eggs and bacon at the occasional comfort food brunch. Naturally gluten free super seasoned potatoes are truly the chameleon of potato recipes.
Hope your family enjoys these potatoes as much as my boys do, but that they fight over them less. 😉 Oh, and if you ever have any leftover pan fried potatoes (unlikely once your family tastes them, but you never know…), they make a great base for lunch the next day. I’ve topped mine with leftover steamed broccoli, shredded mozzarella, and cooked chicken to make a potato bowl, but use your own imagination.
Super Seasoned Pan Fried Potatoes, printable recipe
Super Seasoned Pan Fried Potatoes
- Turn on your oven fan. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about two minutes, or until butter is melted. Swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Meanwhile, slice your potatoes into circles.
- Arrange potato slices in a single layer in the prepared skillet, then season them evenly with all of the spices.
- Cook potatoes over medium-high heat for about ten minutes, until browned nicely on both sides. Flip potatoes occasionally, and be sure to keep moving the less browned slices into the center of the pan so that every piece gets beautifully browned on both sides.
- Serve hot, and enjoy!
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