Cooking Onions With Potatoes

United States
December 28, 2007 11:54am CST
I've always cooked my potatoes in a little oil and butter and when they are about half cooked, I add the onions. I just learned if you microwave the sliced potatoes a few minutes first and continue cooking them in a skillet on the stove until they are finished cooking they taste better. I also found out that cooking the onions seperately - then add them to the cooked potatoes the dish is more flavorful and holds up better. Who knew? I guess you're never too old to learn how to cook.
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@my52cents (569)
• United States
28 Dec 07
Now you've made me hungry. I like to bake an extra potato then save it in the refrigerator for a skillet breakfast the next day. I just dice it, brown it in some butter with some onions, add cooked sausage or bacon, warm that up a bit then break an egg or two or three over the top and scramble everything together. Wrap it all in a tortilla if you want, or just put it on a plate with a slice of toast. We love it!
• United States
28 Dec 07
I love potato that way. When we get dinner from a local steak house, they always put those huge potatoes that have been baked. We can only eat one of them so the other one goes in my frig. I dice it or slice it and cook it in the skillet. It makes for a great leftover. Great to add to burritos too.
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• United States
28 Dec 07
Hahahahahah fluffy. At least he cooks for you. That's a big plus. I would faint and fall over deader than a door nail if my husband cooked anything for me. Makes me wonder what the heck a door nail is? LOL
• United States
28 Dec 07
Heck when I go eat steak there's never anything left. I remind my husband constantly,,,"Now, if we are ever on a television game show and you are asked what is her most favorite dish in the whole world, what are you going to say"? He looks at me with a grin on his face and tells me "Steak". Yep - steak.......cooked just right over an open flame or broiled in the oven with the smallest amount of salt and pepper. YUM YUM I'll show up every time.....and there will no doubt be anything BUT the potato to take home. LOL
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
28 Dec 07
That sure sounds good...I am a diabetic and I found a way to still eat fried potatoes. I soak them and rinse them until the water is clear or soak them overnight. This gets most of the starch out. Then fry them. I will be trying your dish soon. Looks as if putting them in the microwave first might cut down on the frying time also. Thanks for the info.
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• United States
28 Dec 07
I think it's a great way to help watch starch, oil and they can't help but be more healthy for us. I soak mine before I cook them too. But then I usually soak everything for at least 30 minutes, rinse and soak again. I'm funny that way. It's the way I was taught.
@34momma (13891)
• United States
28 Dec 07
i love cooking potatoes and onions. what i do is i boil them for a few minute. i never thought to put them in the microwave. that is a great idea i thanks for teach me a new way to cook something i enjoy
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• United States
28 Dec 07
Yeppers. Microwave then finish up in the skillet to brown and crisp up. I love new ways to cook ...
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
28 Dec 07
I love potatoes and onions together. I even put onions in my mashed potatoes while boiling them. I will have to give the microwave trick a try. That would cut down on the morning rush.Give us time to sit a minute and enjoy breakfast together.
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• United States
28 Dec 07
I hope it works for you. I got the tip from America's Test Kitchen and ideas and recipes from them always work for me. Anything that cuts the rush down to a happy roar is good for me. Enjoy.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
28 Dec 07
I love potatoes on the bbq, cut them up into slices and put them in tinfoil and add butter and onions. oo that is the best way so far. my mom cuts her potatoes in half, smears some butter on them, and puts them in the oven to cook that way. This works best with red potatoes i find. i think my favorite kind of potatoes though would have to be mashed with TONS of gravy! mm.
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• United States
28 Dec 07
Sounds so good Sissygrl. My favorite is smashed with tons of butter and sour cream. NO wait! Fried with tons of catsup. NO wait! oh heck. I just love potatoes.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
29 Dec 07
Potatoes can be cooked in the microwave oven for a few minutes and later they can be peeled, sliced and fried in oil. Salt and chilly can also be added. This will taste divine. On the other hand if you are a fan of onion and potato mix, it is better to micrrowave the potatoes, peel and mash them [gently mash and do not crush it like a gummy paste. ]and keep this aside. Onions should be finely cut and sauted in oil till they are transparent. Now, chilly or chillpowder, turmeric, and mashed potatoes ahould be added. Add salt and coriander leaves too. This can be used as a separate side dish as well as a stuffing for Dosa.
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• United States
29 Dec 07
Another great dish - I'm writing this one down and making it next time I make potatoes. Sounds great with all those spices. What is Dosa? Please tell me.
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
31 Dec 07
Dosa is a typical Indian dish--idli and dosa are eaten all over India though it started in the south .-A typical south Indian dish. This dosa is made out of ground rice and urad dhal flour[fermented for 15 hrs]and I can tell you that there will be virtually none who does not like this dish. It is round and made on a round tawa, it is an alltime favourite andI can tell you that there would be no one who does not like this. It is the daily breakfast in many houses.IT CAN BE MADE CRISP WITH BUTTER/OIL/GHEE OR be simple with just a smearing of oil on it. IT CAN BE HAD WITH CHUTNEY, SAMBAR,DOSA CHILLY POWDER.You must try this in some Indian or srilankan restaurant at your place.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
28 Dec 07
What I like to do is whenever I make baked potatoes, I make a little extra and refrigerate them. Then whenever I want to fry up potatoes, I take the extra ones that are already cooked, but cooled, and cut them into small pieces. This not only quickens the cooking time, but adds a crispness to them. When they are almost done, I then add the onions and cook them a little and they hold up great, with the perfect combination of potatoes and onions..:p
• United States
28 Dec 07
Sounds terrific. You're making me hungry..... Guess what's for dinner tonight!
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• United States
28 Dec 07
Yummy, I have three potatoes just waiting for me in the fridge..lol
• United States
5 Jan 08
hey, i cook my potatoes in oil first.when they are fully cooked i add all the spices to them with salt and also add a little water to it, than i add cut slices of onions to it and let it simmer on the flame for about 2 mintues. once thats done i add a half teaspoon of sugar and a squeeze of lemon and leave it for few mintues before serving. garnish it with fresh chopped parsley and u are done....
• United States
5 Jan 08
You cook them the exact way I use to - until I found out about cooking them in the microwave.... They are tasty......I found out that cooking them in the microwave got rid of a lot of the oil - something deadly for us old folks.....
• United States
28 Dec 07
Thanks so much for the tip! I'm definitely going to try it.
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• United States
29 Dec 07
It's amazing we can get so many tips that are so good. I love 'em. Thanks for the comment visitorinvasion.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
28 Dec 07
I cook mine a bit on low heat sometimes then I add in onion and really start cooking it. Red and Green peppers are nice addons to this dish too.
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• United States
29 Dec 07
I'm really gonna try the peppers. I bet that's good. Thanks for the tip theprogamer. I get such good tips from everybody and I love to try new things. It makes cooking and eating fun instead of eating the same old thing all the time. Thanks!
@chileman (968)
• Australia
28 Dec 07
Yes I learnt that recently also, I love to bake my potatoes with lamb or pork after I've put them in the microwave and boiled them for 5 minutes, gives them a crunchy texture and with the garlic and oil from the meat they get a very yummy flavour in them!
• United States
29 Dec 07
Yum - garlic and oil - double yum to lamb. I love it. It's hard to get in the town we live in. Even if I special order it, it's still hard to get. yummy yummy.......
• United States
28 Dec 07
Oooo. Potatos and onions. I havent had them in a while. I like to slice my potatos thin and cook in the skillet with butter. I also add seasoning to them. Whatever I might have at the time. When they are about done I add the onions chopped in small pieces. Suprisingly my kids will eat the onions to. I have never tried cooking the potatos in the microwave first. I dont think of the microwave for cooking, I think of it as a place to warm stuff up.
• United States
29 Dec 07
Over the years I've learned that the microwave can be a good time saver. I use to use it only for warming stuff up and making cocoa but now, I don't know what I would do without it sometimes. Since I usually have surprise guests (which I really don't mind and kinda enjoy), I'm always throwing something in the microwave to fix on the stop. It helps out a lot. It's great for defrosting things in a hurry and really does a number on those potatoes.
• Turkey
28 Dec 07
I just fry the potatoes and onions in plenty oil, take them to my plate and eat. Sometimes I add some spices and red pepper, and sometimes, when I'm more hungry, I even eat them with some bread. I think I'll die soon :P
• United States
28 Dec 07
That's the way I cooked them before I found this trick. Plenty of oil and butter and flip them and turn them until they brown. The microwave cuts that time in half and the potatoes taste more buttery. Us old folks (me that is) have to watch our oil intake or we will die way before it's time. :P
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@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
28 Dec 07
Thanks for the tip! I will have to try that the next time I make them. I love fried potatoes! Yummy!
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• United States
28 Dec 07
The tip isn't mine, but came from America's Test Kitchen. I liked it so I tried it and it really makes a difference. YUM YUM