Tasty and Traditional Potatoes O'Brien

Potatoes o'brien in skillet
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
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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. 

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 374
    Total Fat 10 g
    Saturated Fat 5 g
    Unsaturated Fat 3 g
    Cholesterol 29 mg
    Sodium 283 mg
    Carbohydrates 58 g
    Dietary Fiber 6 g
    Protein 16 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)