I'm not sure who O'Brien actually is, but these potatoes of his are really good 🙂 And really fast too using an Air Fryer.
I know right? Another potato recipe Chuck? I can hear it now, "What is wrong with you?"
Hey, I still love potatoes, even after 2 separate Mary's Minis. They taste great, fill me up, and are full of all the good stuff I need, like fiber, vitamins, and minerals, even a little protein.
And there are SO many ways you can cook them! You can boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew..... And yes, if Samwise Gamgee had an air fryer - I'm sure he'd use that too. (waddyaknow....that rhymed) 🙂
So who was this O'Brien guy anyway? No-one really knows for sure, but there are a few possibilities. Boston is one. New York City is another. But most legends name Manhattan as the point of origin so we'll go with that.
Supposedly, a restaurant cook nicknamed “Beefstew O’Brien” created the dish in the late 1800’s at a Manhattan restaurant he worked in. Legend has it that he was tired of serving the all brown "Hash Browned Potato" and decided to throw in some BLING for color and additional flavor.
Dude, I can totally relate! But we are going to leave the bacon grease where it belongs (attached to the pig) and do these lovely Potatoes of yours WFPBNO style - via our Air Fryer.
Air Fryer Potatoes O'Brien
Start off with 3 medium-sized Russet Potatoes and give them a good scrubbing. I usually leave the peel on as there are a lot of vitamins in it. Cut them into ¾" cubes and toss them into a bowl of cold water to soak for at last 20 minutes.
Meanwhile we'll chop a yellow onion, and a red bell pepper into fairly large (¾") pieces and stir them together.
Pre-heat your Air Fryer to 375 degrees and set the cook time for 20 minutes. Once the air fryer has reached temp, drain your potatoes and pat them dry the best you can, and toss them in.
Check on them after 5 minutes to loosen up any pieces that might be sticking.
Now let's mix our seasoning. Add all the seasoning ingredients to a small bowl and give them a good whisk. We'll be ready for them in a minute. Although you could add the seasoning to the potatoes before cooking them, the seasoning might burn and leave a nasty taste so I added mine at the end.
When the potatoes are done, carefully add the onions, the peppers, and the seasoning. Give everything a quick stir or shake and pop them back into the Air Fryer for one more blast.
Set your temp this time for 390 degrees F and let them go for a good 5-10 minutes or until they begin to crisp up.
And there you have it. My version of an oil-less Potatoes O-Brien. I think Mr. Beefstew would approve, especially topped with a ladle or two of my Amazing Brown Gravy......
Now we're talkin' 🙂
Air Fryer Potatoes O'Brien
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 30 min
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: potatoes
- Method: air fryer
- Cuisine: american / irish
These fat-free Potatoes O'Brien are not only deliscious, they're FAST too when you use you air fryer. Country potatoes with a little bling .. 🙂
- 3 Russet Potatoes, cut into large cubes
- 1 Onion, rough chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, rough chopped
- 2 Tbs Dried Parsley
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- ½ tsp Salt
- Clean and chop potatoes into ¾" cubes or larger
- Soak potatoes in cold water for at least 20 minutes
- Meanwhile rough chop the onion and bell pepper
- Drain potatoes and dry the best you can
- Preheat Air Fryer, setting for 375 degrees F and 20 minutes
- Once Air Fryer is ready (beeps) add potatoes
- Check for sticking and shake every 5 min or so
- Mix all seasonings together in a small bowl
- After potatoes are done (20 min) - add onion, pepper and seasoning mix
- Stir well and continue air frying at 390 degrees F for 5-10 min
- Serve with favorite condiments
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We had these with our dinner last night and they were outstanding. I can't wait to try them in a breakfast burrito with chickpea scramble and fresh spinach.
Hi Chuck, Just out of curiosity, what does soaking the potatoes in cold water do?
It removes some of the starch, which not only helps them crisp up, it also helps prevent them sticking together.
I made these for lunch, and they were so good I'm going to make them for dinner too! Thanks for another great recipe!
Any way you'd make these without an air fryer?
I'm sure a convection oven would work fine. Maybe a regular oven - just like roasting potatoes. I'd user parchment paper either way though.