Old-fashioned Fried Potatoes

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, January 16, 1912:  There is nothing much to write about for today. Things go on as usual.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma wrote little a hundred years ago today, I’m going to give you the recipe for an old winter staple–fried potatoes. Potatoes and other locally-grown vegetables that could be stored for many months were an important part of the winter diet.

Old-fashioned Fried Potatoes

1/4 cup lard

approximately 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced

salt

Melt lard in large heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) using medium heat.  When the lard  is hot add the sliced potatoes.  Generously sprinkle with salt. Turn potatoes with a spatula and again sprinkle with salt. Continue cooking (and occasionally turning) until potatoes are tender, with a crisped, lightly browned coating.

Out old-fashioned fried potatoes cooked in a cast iron skillet are one of my favorite foods. They brown beautifully and are very crisp. And, the lard really enhances the subtle flavor of the potatoes.

5 Responses

  1. I love them too and I always add onions. I don’t eat them as much as I used to before cholesterol came along.

  2. This is the kind of fried potato dish that my husband loves to eat. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  3. My dad cooked potatoes this way when I was a child….I love cooking them, too. Can’t always find lard but I’d like to know where to get some. Thanks for the wonderful post that your grandma wrote!

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