Fried Potatoes Recipe

This Fried Potato Recipe was a favorite in the Amana Colonies, served multiple times a week to take advantage of an abundant potato supply.

Fall 2014

  • Fried Potatoes
    Fried Potatoes were often served three or four times during the week at Amana Colony kitchens due to an abundance of potatoes.
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  • Fried Potatoes

Total Hands-On Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Yield: 4 Servings

Some of the food served in the Amana kitchens was grown in the communal farms rather than the kitchen gardens. These tended to be staples like wheat, onions, and potatoes. Potatoes were especially favored, with few meals being served that did not have at least one type of potato dish. Not surprisingly, Colony farms grew lots of potatoes to feed the settlement; according to records in the Amana Historical Society, around 1900 the yearly potato yield typically ranged from 750 to 1200 tons.

Perhaps the most iconic potato dish in the Amana communal kitchen repertoire was fried potatoes, in which potato slices were cooked with onion in an oiled skillet until the potatoes became brown and crusty. This dish was likely offered 3-4 times a week in the communal kitchens.

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