Potatoes O’Brien; me vs google

This is not an Irish dish.

There is a dispute between Boston and Manhattan as to what restaurant in which city was the first to make it.

I would guess the first person to make it was some home cook trying to use up the odd bits in the larder and deciding this was good enough to repeat.

I would also guess that it dates back to at least the mid-1900’s. If it was more recent it would have bacon and / or cheese. (Both of which I have added on occasion….)

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Potatoes O’Brien

This is a great potato side dish – for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We love it with poached or fried eggs on top.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Potatoes


  • 2 medium potatoes, 10oz (300gr), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 green or red pepper or a bit of both, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs fresh garlic chives, chopped
  • 1 tbs fresh oregano, chopped
  • salt & pepper


  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add vegetables and sauté until potatoes are browned and onion and peppers are cooked, stirring often.
  • This takes 12 – 18 minutes, depending on size of veggies and heat.
  • Add the herbs a minute or so before finishing.
  • Salt & pepper if desired, and serve.


Add red pepper, cayenne, or hot chilies if you want some heat.
The fresh herbs are optional but a nice touch this time of year.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 197
  • Sugar: 5.4 g
  • Sodium: 381.6 mg
  • Fat: 7.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.9 g
  • Fiber: 5.4 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: o’brien potatoes, fried potatoes

Potatoes O'Brien

This is a ridiculously easy recipe.

I’ve had a ridiculously challenging day.

I blame it all on Google and their ever-changing guidelines.

Possibly some of my problems could be that, in order to comply with the new guidelines, I decided it would be easier to just revamp the sites completely.

Of course I haven’t had my fingers working much in html code for a few years so there may have a been a bit of a re-learning / learning curve.

Still – I place the blame squarely on Google.

They can handle it…..

4 thoughts on “Potatoes O’Brien; me vs google”

  1. Love those potatoes O’Brien…I think yes a Mrs O’Brien was using up bit and pieces and was a good cook leaving a great legacy

  2. My husband Loves Potatoes O’Brien. My digestive system does not so sadly, he only gets them when they’re on a menu somewhere and that’s usually a breakfast menu around here.

    I’m sorry about the ever changing Google. I keep wondering when people are going to have had enough and decide to go back to actual phone calls, regular TV and hand writing letters. Then all the putzing that needs done to continue using the internet might change.

    • We found a cafe in Paris a few years ago that served ‘American Breakfast’ which was fried eggs and toast…. maybe bacon. Going out for breakfast is not possible here, lol. I understand Google trying to make itself better – but why do I have to help ;-))

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