Tasty and Traditional Potatoes O'Brien

Potatoes o'brien in skillet
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Ratings (7)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
374 Calories
10g Fat
58g Carbs
16g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for potatoes O'Brien is a wonderful way to use leftover boiled or baked potatoes. In fact, it's worth cooking a few extra potatoes just to have the leftovers so you can make this iconic comfort food.

This variation on a traditional recipe for potatoes O'Brien is called O'Brien au Gratin Potatoes and is found in a slim cookbook called "Mrs. Rasmussen's Book of One-Arm Cookery." It wasn't that Mrs. Rasmussen had only one arm, it's that one arm was already dedicated to holding a beer while she cooked. 


  • 2 tablespoons oil (or bacon grease)
  • 1/2 small bell pepper (green, coarsely chopped, about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 medium potatoes (leftover boiled, or 1 large leftover baked potato; cut into 1/2" cubes)
  • 4 green onions (cut into 1/2" lengths, about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 large clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan, Asiago, Romano or cheddar cheese, shredded

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oil or bacon grease in a skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add the bell pepper and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring once or twice.

  3. Stir in the potatoes, green onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Spread the potato mixture evenly in the skillet and sprinkle with the cheese. If you use cheddar cheese use a non-stick skillet.

  5. Cover the pan and cook 5 to 7 minutes longer, or until the bottom side of the potatoes is browned.