Easy Side Potatoes

Today I'd like to share a recipe for a side dish that I love for many reasons; it is easy, I always have the ingredients on hand, and it tastes delicious!

I serve these up when I make steaks, london broil, grilled chicken, even fish, it goes with just about everything.

Here is what you need to get started:

2 cans sliced potatoes, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Also olive oil and butter.

To get started, I always drain and pat dry the canned potatoes:
You can skip the drying, but in that case I would rinse them through a colander. They have kind of a funny taste if you don't.

Next, slice the onion and heat a large pan with olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, I usually use a large spoonful of minced garlic, but you can add however much you choose, you can even skip it all together and this still turns out delicious:
Cook for about 4-5 minutes, until onions become tender and then add potatoes:
You can add as much salt and pepper here as you like, I love potatoes with my pepper so I obviously add a ton, it is all a matter of preference, no measuring.

Mix everything well and cover and cook on medium-low for around 15 minutes. Then comes the butter. I know many of us are on diets. This isn't really a diet dish (obviously) because the butter is necessary, I don't know how to explain in technical terms what it does, but leaving it out is a mistake, trust me.

So add about a tablespoon of butter in chunks to the top of the potatoes:
I also added more pepper (because I can!). Cover again and cook on medium-low for around another 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can cook it on medium-high if you'd like to make it go faster but you need to keep a good eye on your potatoes so they don't burn.

Ideally you want your potatoes to look like the brown ones in this picture:
But it doesn't have to be perfect! Kids will love this (if you don't use too much pepper), just set some ketchup on the table for them.

Grab a few cans of potatoes to keep in the pantry for a night when you have no idea what to serve with your chicken, you'll thank yourself because I'm sure you have all the other ingredients already!

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Let me know if you try this!

Love and Luck to you,

The Packet Queen


  1. I have to tell you, I'm a huge fan of canned potatoes. I love the fry them up like this (although I don't usually add garlic). I sprinkle my browned potatoes with parsley - delish!


  2. These look good!! They would go well with eggs too, don't you think? Thanks for visiting my blog the other day.

  3. I hadn't thought of parsley - that would be good!!

    Linda - these are fabulous with eggs! Can't believe I forgot to mention that!!

  4. Yum! I love potatoes in all ways, and this looks delicious!

  5. I do my potatoes similar, except I don't use canned! I add dried dill to mine, just gives it a little different taste. I bet the parsley would be good to like someone mentioned!

  6. Crystal I LOVE dill! I have a great recipe for dill meatballs I will have to put up soon! I wonder if you have to cook the regular potatoes much longer?


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