Potatoes have only been around in Europe for about 500 years, but are definitely a staple in Russian cooking. They originated from South America where they have been cultivating it for thousands of years.
There is something satisfying about eating a rustic meal of potatoes, maybe it’s all the carbs. I remember my mum making Russian Pan Fried Potatoes and Onion as a kid, and the smell of frying onions wafting through the air. I even remember the old, deep style frying pan she used. It takes a bit longer to fry the potato if you want to have crispy fried pieces, but it’s worth it.
We used to drown our potato in ketchup, which is what I suppose most kids do. Sometimes mum would make this as a side with our dinner, other times, it was made along with fried eggs for breakfast (much tastier than hash browns). You can even fry bacon, then use the bacon fat to cook the potatoes, before adding back the bacon before serving.
Russian Pan Fried Potatoes and Onion is a simple, rustic dish, that takes me back to my childhood. The crispy potato bits are my favourite! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Russian Pan Fried Potatoes and Onion (Жареная картошка с луком)
- 3-4 large potatoes
- 1 onion sliced
- oil for frying
- green onion garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
Peel and cut the potatoes into strips or slices (your preference).
Heat the oil in a seasoned fry pan or non-stick pan. Carefully add the potatoes into the hot oil. Keep uncovered.
Fry potato until crispy about 25 minutes. Do not rapidly stir potatoes, but carefully flip them, try to keep them intact, and not mushy.
Just before the potatoes look like they are done frying, add the onions to the potatoes and continue to cook for the final 5 minutes.
Add salt and pepper and a garnish of green onions carefully as you try to mix the seasoning together, but keep potatoes as intact as you can.
Serve with ketchup and enjoy!