College Throwback Homefries

Back in the day, this was my every meal. Fry up some potatoes, add whatever veggies sound good, spice it up, top with cheese. Home fries. Cheap. Easy. Made to serve.homefriesNow that Kyle is off bartending one night a week, I’ve found that I don’t particularly feel like prepping a full dinner for one.  The past couple weeks – you guessed it – I’ve been throwing together some home fries and loving every bite.  They taste like nostalgia and cumin.

Start by frying up some cubed potatoes until a crunchy, golden crust develops.  Try a bite and make sure they’re cooked through (cooking time depends on the size of the cubes).

fried potatoesAdd in some meat and spices, toss until the meat is warmed through.  Home fries from my college days were usually vegetarian, but sometimes – spiked with cheap lunch meat.  I know.  These days I can opt for something a little more fancy, like real meat.
fried potatoes (2)This is the step where I grabbed my camera, caught the strap on a cupboard door, and pretty much sling-shot it into the floor.  I can’t vouch for the following photos, as something clearly happened to the internal mechanism.  Sigh.

Since I’m not in college anymore, these home fries are getting a health kick with some lightly wilted spinach.

wilted spinachJust as the spinach begins to wilt, plate them up.
IMG_1518aGrate a bit of cheddar on there – that’s the stuff.
homefries with cheeseAs I was eating these home fries, I thought back to my typical home fry add-ins, back in the day: mushrooms, green peppers, the occasional jalapeno, and almost always, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.  Perfect.  Then, of course, I remembered I have a plethora of mushrooms in the fridge that I could have added to these fries.  It just has not been my day.
College Throwback Homefries

College Throwback Homefries

Back in my college days, this was my go-to meal - cheap, easy, and delicious.


  • 2 c. cubed potatoes (roughly 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1 tbs bacon fat or cooking oil of choice
  • 3/4 c. fully cooked meat of choice (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. baby spinach
  • 1/4 c. grated cheddar cheese


  1. Fry up the potatoes in the oil in a large pan over medium heat. They should develop a crispy golden crust in 5 - 7 minutes (test one to make sure they are cooked through).
  2. Add in the meat and spices. Continue frying until the meat is warmed through.
  3. Toss the spinach on top and let wilt slightly. Remove from stove - spinach will continue to wilt slightly.
  4. Top with cheese and serve.


Other excellent additions include mushrooms, peppers, and onions - throw these in at step 2.

Cheap, easy and delicious.  Just like any college meal should be.  Now, I’ve got to ask Google about camera repair…

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