Potatoes O’Brien

This potato dish is a perfect side dish for breakfast, but will also go great with corned beef for dinner!

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Potatoes O’Brien is a dish where potatoes are pan fried with bell peppers. This dish was invented in the United States, but the exact place of origin of the dish is often disputed. In the early 1900s Potatoes O’Brien was created at either a Manhattan restaurant called Jacks or at a Boston restaurant called Jerome’s.

This side dish is a favorite of mine to order for breakfast. The first time I ordered it I was at this small Mom and Pop breakfast place in New York State. The restaurant was about 25 minutes away from New York City and it was only open from 6 am to 2 pm. It was always really busy because it was right next to this popular bakery and when people were done at the bakery they loved stopping at the restaurant for breakfast. I was no exception, after I had purchased the baked goods I needed for a holiday party I sat at one of the tiny tables and ordered my breakfast. Potatoes O’Brien and poached eggs with sausage. I thought the potatoes were delightful! They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and went so well with my eggs and sausage. I figured it was not too difficult to make at home and after some experimentation I believe I have created the right recipe. Please enjoy this dish!

Potatoes O’Brien Recipe

Yields 4 servings


Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 13 minutes


1 pound red or gold potatoes, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, diced

Olive oil

Salt and Pepper


In a nonstick pan heat up olive oil over medium heat.

Saute the red onion for 5 minutes to caramelize.

Add the potatoes and bell pepper to the pan for about 8 minutes until browned on all sides.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot. This dish goes great with morning quiche and scrambled eggs.

Make it a meal: Add a little bacon and top with eggs.

White or yellow onions go great in this dish too!


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