Tasty and Traditional Potatoes O'Brien

Potatoes o'brien in skillet
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
374 Calories
10g Fat
58g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 374
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 16g
Calcium 309mg 24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(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.