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Sweet Potato Home Fries, Wally-Style

  • Prep Time 0:10
  • Cook Time 0:20
  • Estimated Cost $5.50

When I was growing up, I thought our across-the-street neighbors, Wally and Leslie, were the most exciting, exotic people ever. They introduced me to the joys of tiny sausages tucked into crescent hot crescent rolls, the pleasure of sipping a frosty full-sugar soda while sitting in a hot tub and elaborate weekend morning breakfasts.

We had great breakfasts at my house too (matzo brei and waffles with ice cream were—and still are—my dad’s specialties), but classic American breakfasts were a totally foreign concept to me, until one morning when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, and I found myself sitting at Wally and Leslie’s kitchen table, watching Wally make fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and a big frying pan full of diced potatoes, onions and sweet red peppers. He loaded up a plate for me, poured me a glass of fresh orange juice, and watched as I smiled with amazement.

I realized, then and there, why they call it the most important meal of the day.

Note: This version is made with sweet potatoes, which I like better than starchy potatoes, but feel free to go with Russets or Yukon Golds if you prefer.


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Pantry
  • 2 large (or 3 medium) red garnet yams, scrubbed and cut into 1" pieces (leave the skin on) $2.50
  • 1 red onion, finely diced $0.50
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and finely diced $1.50
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped Pantry
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, parsley or basil leaves, chopped $1 for a bunch
  • salt and pepper to taste Pantry

Recipe Serves 3-4


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the yams and cook, stirring occasionally until just tender, about 12 minutes.
  2. Stir in the onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to brown.
  3. Remove from heat, toss with the chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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Doray, on Feb 29, 11:44 AM, wrote:

Made this last night as a side dish for my supper. Used yellow pepper and chives instead of red pepper and onion. Was really good – and I’m not a fan of sweet potatoes. Next time I’m going to add even more kick with onion/garlic to make it even more savory. It’s the sweet in sweet potatoes that gets me! LOL

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