Easy Cheese and Onion PotatoesEstimated Cost:  $5.00

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Cooking Time:  16 minutes

Serves:  4

On occasion I find myself sharing a recipe that scores five stars in each of the three founding principles of Kitchen Survival: ease of preparation, affordability, and super-yummy.  Easy Cheese and Onion Potatoes does this easily.  My family makes a quick lunch or dinner with just these cheesy spuds often.  Don’t let the short list of ingredients fool you, this recipe rocks socks!

1/4 cup butter
4 med. red potatoes, unpeeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (how to)
1/3 cup shredded Italian blend OR Mozzarella cheese
oregano, salt, and pepper to taste

1. In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the potatoes, onion and garlic; toss to coat. Cover and cook for 8 minutes. Turn potatoes cover and cook an additional 8 minutes. Uncover; cook until potatoes are browned, stirring occasionally (2-4 minutes).

2. Top with cheese and sprinkle with oregano, salt, and pepper to taste. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Mike’s comments:

I had forgotten about this recipe and was looking to use up some ingredients this evening. I rediscovered this gem and am now happily full. These truly are delicious.

For my serious bacon-fanatics, and general carnivores, here is a lovely modification. Fry 3 slices of bacon and drain on paper towel; leaving bacon drippings (fat, let’s keep it real) in the sauté pan, reduce butter to 2 tablespoons and follow recipe. After you put on the cheese, crumble the bacon on top of the spuds.