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