Sweet Potato Home Fries with Caramelized Onions and Fresh Thyme

2011-03-28T07:00:00Z 2011-04-26T12:53:37Z Sweet Potato Home Fries with Caramelized Onions and Fresh ThymeRecipe by Erik Jacobs
Photography by Jennifer Silverberg
Feast Magazine | Inspired Local Food Culture/Midwest

Sweet Potato Home Fries with Caramelized Onions and Fresh Thyme

Brunch is not complete without a salty potato element, be it fried hash browns, cottage fries or rustic home fries. This recipe uses sweet potatoes, but if sweet potatoes are not your cup of tea, feel free to use red potatoes or russets. Sweet melted onions and fresh thyme round out this brunch staple. A little Tabasco on the side would do these well.

Serves | 8 |

  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup + 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1½ lbs yellow onions, diced
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

| Preparation | Preheat oven to 500°F. Add potatoes to a pot of boiling water seasoned with ¼ cup salt. Cook until barely tender, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain potatoes and shock in 6 quarts ice water to halt the cooking process. When they're cool, drain again and dry.

In a large sauté pan, heat 1/3 cup olive oil over medium heat and add onions, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Stirring frequently, cook onions until amber brown and sweet. Toss potatoes with remaining olive oil and roast in oven, turning once, until brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Toss with thyme, onions, and remaining salt and pepper.

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