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Delicious fried leftover potatoes recipe


Photo: Danny's delicious refried potatoes

Photo: Danny's delicious refried potatoes

The potato King always cooks too many spuds. He loves to see a decent sized pan of home grown potatoes – he can have some for supper and then graze – overnight and if he has cooked lots, a pre breakfast snack. I don’t eat loads of spuds so his ears switch into Spud Protective Mode if I want some more – he knows how to cook seriously good spuds so this does happen quite a lot these days. There’s always a little jump of surprise, followed by,
“Help yourself to as much as you want.”
I always leave second helpings for D. Years ago I used to be master of re-cooked spuds. Until D got the bit between his teeth and produced these. They use far less oil than mine and are much tastier. Sometimes I think that they are better than the original spuds. They key point to success is to cook them very slowly on the hob. These potatoes are first cooked with the skins on for extra flavour and nutrients.

Don’t throw away left over potatoes. Cook these and bask in the applause.

Fried leftover potatoes (2 or 3 medium ones – enough to make you feel guilty about tossing them)

Slice the potatoes 1 cm thick, skins and all. Rub a teaspoon of olive oil into them.

Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a heavy bottomed frying pan. Add a level tsp of garlic granules and freshly ground pepper and salt to taste. Fry them very slowly for 40 minutes, turning occasionally at a low heat. Our hob has numbers 1-10. D cooks these on 2.5.

Astoundingly good.

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  1. I make something similar, but I just toss the potatoes in oil (none in the non-stick pan) and then add some garlic powder, cumin, and red pepper in addition to the things you add. They turn out sort of like fancy breakfast potatoes I once got during a ski holiday.

  2. Kooky Girl

    Lovely ! We were taken out for dinner last night, when I had already planned lemon sole with boiled new potatoes. The potatoes were already cooked, so in the fridge they went ! Tonight, my daughter had a couple that I brushed with olive oil and put in the oven with a little bit of salt for 20mins – delish !

    Mice ??? Oh dear…What did I miss !!!

  3. Nothing better than great potatoes!!!!!

    In regards to the mouse problem – is a cat not the solution?

  4. Magic Cochin

    Thank you Danny – and a belated happy birthday too!

    The thing is… if your eye is always bigger than your belly, your belly gets bigger 😉

    Celia and the inhabitants of the Cochinery

  5. Thanks for spotting the missing Recent Comments section, Celia. The site broke early on Tue morning when I loaded a new update to one of the plugins. Everything disappeared (the notorious WordPress White Screen of Death). It scared the heck out of me for a few hours. Managed to put most everything back eventually but I forgot the comments thingy. It’s back now.

    I love the spud comments! Leftovers usually happen in this house when I simply put too many on to cook. Eyes bigger than belly sometimes. 🙁

  6. Michelle in NZ

    Thise look seriously good! I remember my dear Mum telling me how her Irish Gran always cooked the spuds with the skin on, and everyone had to skin their own on the plate. Mum still adores plain boiled potatoes but I can happily do without any on my plate – just save my share so I can make this very sort of recipe.

    Sending care and many huggles, Michelle and Zebby (under his “quilt” again)

  7. Yum! One of my faves. I sometimes deliberately cook too many spuds so that I can do this. For added exoticness, I usually sprinkle a little paprika on them or, if I’m feeling like some Eastern promise, a little turmeric!

  8. Magic Cochin

    Bet they taste great!

    I sometimes hide a few spuds away so I can have them as part of my lunch – too often I’ve been disappointed with no leftovers.


    BTW I like CS after it’s makeover – very clean and clear! But… I miss the latest comments list.

  9. Excuse me; I know what a spud is, but what are ‘leftover spuds’? Do you mean to say that they can become leftover?!

    I think to have that happen I would have to cook them deliberately and then hide them just as deliberately.

    What is it with men and potatoes anyway?

  10. Oh for a cooker that cooked that slowly. We love fried leftover spuds too. Problem is that our cooker only seems to cook things fast, even on the lowest setting on the smallest ring. This could be something to do with having LPG I guess but wouldn’t have an electric one as a) the electric goes off on too regular a basis and b) it would probably trip a fuse every time to our apartment, it just won’t carry enough juice.

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