Maybe I've just been living under a rock since birth but I've recently mastered
the perfect fried potato
... and the trick is in the MICROWAVE.
For 2 servings--
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5-8 mins in microwave (unless you're using leftover baked potatoes!!), 10-15 mins in pan
After you pick your taters you wanna fry up, scrub em down (or peel if that's the way you roll), and stab them with a fork. Place on microwave safe plate and nuke for about 5 minutes - give or take depending on the size of tater. Carefully remove tater from microwave and if fork easily goes through the thickest part, you're done with the microwave... otherwise stick it back and nuke for another couple minutes or so.
Let stand for a couple minutes and then slice taters. *Please be careful as taters nuked for a couple minutes retain their heat very well... I highly recommend the use of an Ove Glove or something like it!* Let cool a little and dice or cut up to sizes you want.
Prep your pan- heat pan on med-high, add oil and/or butter.
Add taters and let sit for several minutes.
Add seasonings to your liking.
Toss taters occasionally and when they get the color you like, remove.
I like mine nice and crispy so I leave mine sit for about 5-10 minutes on each side, turning occasionally.
SOOOO YUMMY. And SOOOOOO much faster than either boiling taters first (something I learned to do from my husband) or just cooking them down from raw.