When I lived in Connecticut, I used to dream of sitting in European cafés. Now, I’ve done that in spades… Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Venice, Siena, Amsterdam, London, Krakow, and all I want is a proper diner breakfast!
What I wouldn’t do for short stack of buttermilk pancakes, a veggie omelet, toast with jam, and the pièce de résistance… homefries!
I can get something similar here, but the closest thing to a proper diner breakfast comes from my own kitchen, and weakest link has always been my homefries… too starchy, too hard, too mushy, too oily, too bland, etc. etc.
So I did what I did with falafel, I tried, I adjusted, I tried, I adjusted, I tried, I adjusted… and then I nailed this diner homefries recipe!
For one portion:
Once that’s squared away, I cut the potatoes, skins and all into chunks. I know some people prefer little cubes, but my favorite diner in Connecticut did them in chunks like you see in my photo, and so that’s how I do them!
Melt the butter in a skillet, then add the onion and cook it until it starts to soften. Add the potatoes, then cook and stir until they’re starting to brown and get a bit crispy at the edges.
Sprinkle them with the garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper, stir, and cook a bit longer to distribute the spices. Sometimes, I smother them in ketchup.
And that’s how I create New York diner style home fries in the countryside of Denmark :)