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Easy German Pan-Fried Potatoes and Eggs

Ever wonder what Germans like to eat?  In my six years living abroad I learned one thing about Germans and their food – they love quick meals and lots of potato. They even put them in their pancakes. Trying to balance life’s demands I’m all about quick meals. That doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice on flavor, does it? And let me tell you, although a simple dish, these easy German pan-fried potatoes and eggs are not lacking flavor.

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Now, if you ask my brother in law about flavors of German food, he’s got a different experience.  The brave soul ordered something authentic Bavarian from the menu while we were visiting Germany a couple of years back. I warned him though, but he insisted on the experience. They served him a big plate of assortment head cheese salad.

If you’re wondering, head cheese is meat jelly. Ew.

That didn’t even look good. Needless to say, he didn’t touch it and we all shared our food with him. To return it and order something else was out of the question. Embarrassing, I guess. We still laugh about that. He would’ve been better off with pan-fried potatoes and eggs. It’s easy, it’s German, simple and yummy. Oh, well. Next time he’ll know better.

But I guarantee you, there is nothing weird about German pan-fried potatoes aka Bratkartoffeln. I tested the dish substituting regular potatoes with sweet potatoes and I love it. What’s not to love when you have an easy, tasty dish you can feel good about?

You can add bacon to it, as Germans sometimes do (see “get creative” section below), but I wouldn’t recommend adding head cheese if you’ve never had it before, ha!

Easy German Pan-Fried Potatoes and Eggs

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fried sweet potato and eggs German style

Ingredients:
Serves 2

2 sweet potatoes
4 tablespoons oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped onions
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 eggs
Fresh parsley (optional)

 

~ Free Tip ~

This easy German pan-fried potatoes and eggs recipe is simplified, but you could kick it up a notch by using butter, spices like turmeric and cumin, or add bacon.  Try the recipe with regular potatoes too! Have leftover boiled potatoes from a previous day? Use them up here.

 

Directions:

Wash and dry potatoes; do not peel. Wrap each potato in a paper towel and microwave until al dente, about 5 minutes (depending on potato size). Cool completely or until able to handle then slice.

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Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add potato slices and fry until browned, turning once, about 4 -6 minutes per side. Do not crowd the potatoes or they will fall apart when turning. Brown them in batches if necessary.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a medium pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs and fry to your liking. Serve the fried potatoes topped with eggs and garnish with fresh parsley if desired. Guten Appetit!

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Easy German Pan-Fried Potatoes and Eggs

Easy German Pan-Fried Potatoes and Eggs

Authentic German pan-fried potatoes and eggs is an easy and tasty dish, but even better when made healthy!

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • Fresh parsley (optional)

Directions

Wash and dry potatoes; do not peel. Wrap each potato into a paper towel and microwave until al dente, about 5 minutes (depending on potato size). Cool completely or until able to handle then slice.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add potato slices and fry until browned, turning once, about 4 -6 minutes per side. Do now crowd the potatoes or they will fall apart when turning. Brown them in batches if necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a medium pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs and fry to your liking. Serve the potatoes topped with eggs and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Notes

~ Free Tip ~

This recipe is simplified, but you could kick it up a notch by using butter, spices like turmeric and cumin, or add bacon. Try the recipe with regular potatoes too! Have leftover boiled potatoes from a previous day? Use them up here.

http://all-thats-jas.com/2017/04/easy-german-pan-fried-potatoes-and-eggs-2.html

Do you know of any easy German dishes? Or have another recipe for pan-fried potatoes? Do you ever put fried eggs on your potatoes? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know!

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Easy German pan-fried potatoes and eggs are local's favorite meal for brunch or supper. Best of all, using sweet potatoes makes this dish a healthy choice.

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43 Comment

  1. Reply
    Karly
    April 23, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    This looks amazing! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 24, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you, Karly! Have a super duper week!

  2. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    April 21, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!

  3. Reply
    Mary - the boondocks blog
    April 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Jas this is such a simple yet tasty meal. My husband has a Greek variation where he fries potatoes and then adds the eggs scrambled with feta cheese in to make it like an omelet. But I personally love sweet potatoes.
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 22, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Oh, I love the sound of that, Mary! I might steal that recipe to add to my Greek menu 😀

  4. Reply
    Marilyn Lesniak
    April 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Enjoy your week ahead.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Same to you, Marilyn!

  5. Reply
    Catherine
    April 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    These look delicious and make me miss Germany!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 20, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Thanks, I miss Germany too!

  6. Reply
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    April 18, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for linking up with us at #overthemoon and sharing some insights into German food. I’ve pinned and shared.
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      Jas
      April 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you, Sue! Wishing you a wonderful day!

  7. Reply
    Miz Helen
    April 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    This is a delicious skillet of potatoes and eggs, can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 18, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      Hope you like it as much as we do, Miz Helen!

  8. Reply
    Rebekah
    April 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    This looks delicious!! Definitely going to give it a try. I love ALL ingredients so it can’t go wrong haha.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Ha ha, Rebekah! I guarantee, it won’t go wrong 😀

  9. Reply
    Grandma's House DIY
    April 17, 2017 at 9:33 am

    This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party – you’re going to be featured when the next party starts tomorrow morning!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      You just made my Monday! Thanks so much 😀 Hope you had a lovely Easter!

  10. […] is my second wood board I like to use and my well-seasoned cookie sheet. I just recently made these German pan-fried potatoes and you can see a bit of the sheet in a third photo […]

  11. Reply
    Sandra
    April 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks so much for joining us at Celebrate Your Story and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.
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      Jas
      April 14, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you, Sandra! same to you 🙂

  12. Reply
    Carol, The Red Painted Cottage
    April 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    This looks delicious, Jas! Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t like sweet potatoes so I would have to go with standard potatoes.
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      Jas
      April 14, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Hi, Carol. Standard potatoes are in the traditional recipe and quite good!

  13. Reply
    Alison's Allspice
    April 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Anything with a fried egg is a winner in my book, yum!
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      Jas
      April 14, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Thanks, Allison! I’m a big fan of fried eggs too. Happy Easter!

  14. […] It seems like life is getting busier by the day. I swear I had more time on my hands when my daughter was living in the house and it’s not because she was helping with chores … because she didn’t. So, being a busy grandma nowadays, I’m really all about easy yet still delicious meals. I’m like those Germans who love their 20-minute meals. […]

  15. Reply
    rue
    April 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Oh wow…. this looks so good, Jas! I’m almost half German, but have no idea about the food. Apparently it all got tossed out when they came to America lol

    I loved your Easter decor post and the artichoke dip sandwiches… good God! I really need to explore your recipes more, but I’m afraid I’ll weigh four hundred pounds just by looking 😉

    Anyway, I hope you have a fabulous Easter 🙂

    xo,
    rue
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      Jas
      April 12, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Lol, it must have. Everything but the beer, ha! Thank you and have a very happy Easter, Rue! 🙂

  16. Reply
    Jen @ Noting Grace
    April 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This looks so delicious! I LOVE german Potato salad, so I know I’ll love this – – and this looks so healthy! Thanks so much for sharing at I DIYed that! I hope you come back and share again!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 12, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Thanks, Jen! I’m sure you’d like this dish too!

  17. Reply
    Sandra
    April 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    This is very similar to what I eat for breakfast almost every morning. My extras are spinach, bell peppers, and onions. My husband loves a variation of head cheese called souse. I wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole, but whatever makes him happy. Do you have more German recipes to share? We would love for you to share this one at Celebrate Your Story, here’s the link for this week’s party. Hope you can join us!

    http://www.thesweetsensations.com/celebrate-story-link-party-2/

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 11, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Spinach and peppers, yum! Lol, I’m with you on the head cheese – thanks, but no thanks 😀
      I sure do have more German and other recipes from around the world. Thanks for the invitation to your party, I’d love to join!!!

  18. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    April 11, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I’d not heard about wrapping a tater in paper towel (probably because I’m still using my oven); do taters in the microwave explode or something? I know, right now you are impressed/astounded by the depth of my kitchen knowledge – please, no applause.

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      Jas
      April 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      You always make me giggle. I think wrapping the taters in a paper towel keeps the moisture in or speeds up the cooking process. Who knows…I don’t always question things I’m told to do, lol. I also poke them with a fork few times so they don’t explode. That I do know, ha!

  19. Reply
    Ann
    April 11, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I cannot live without potatoes and I will not leave till I get some! And eggs You just kneed me on my weakest spots of taters and eggs! LOL
    I love your new logo by the way. So creative! Forking your way to the world! Brilliant! 😀

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 11, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Hahaha, forking my way to the world! I’m still laughing out loud, Ann. Only you can come up with things like that and I love it! That should be my tagline, ha! 😀 😀

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        Ann
        April 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

        You know, somehow I have this thing in my head when I saw your logo that you have this one signature fork with you that you have all the time in your pocket. Then when it suits you, you just walk around the tables that you see and start forking food from random strangers’ plates! LOL

        But hey..now that you said it, it’s cool for a tagline! Use it. 😀 😀 😀

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          Jas
          April 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm

          I’d totally do that, ha ha. Just watch out, if you’re too close, you might get forked 😛

  20. Reply
    Michelle
    April 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Please stop it now Jas, I had to wipe and deep clean the keyboard before I could comment. That’s so not fair 😉 my German blood is going ballistic right now thinking about your süßkartoffels and trying to figure out who I can call to make me some. Damn you woman. I’m pinning for when I find that someone
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      Jas
      April 10, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Lol! Es tut mir leid 😛 Thanks, Michelle, but these are so easy even you could make them, ha! If you can’t find anyone, come visit and I’ll make them for ya 😉

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        Michelle
        April 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

        Okay, see you in a bit 😀 I’ll wash the dishes to say herzlichen dank
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          Jas
          April 11, 2017 at 10:17 pm

          Ha, ha – DEAL!

  21. Reply
    Jackie
    April 10, 2017 at 9:04 am

    My favourite go to meal!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 10, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Yay! Mine too 😀 Thanks for stopping in, Jackie!

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