Overnight potatoes will create breakfast of your dreams

With all the excitement in our lives lately, Joey and I have had no time for a lazy weekend in quite awhile. This past weekend, despite all the work we still needed to do, we decided it was high time to have a bit of one.

For me, one of the best parts of a sleep in day is waking up late and then eating a big brunch while still in my pajamas.

Of course, without a live-in chef, that’s kind of tough for two people to accomplish if they both want to sleep in. But the Internet came to my rescue with a recipe for some deliciously seasoned breakfast potatoes that could be made over night in the crockpot.

This comes from the website “Recipe 4 Living.” You can find the original at http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/crockpot_breakfast_potatoes.htm. I added more garlic in my version and some onion powder to the mix.

Crockpot Breakfast Potatoes

Ingredients

3 pounds red potatoes, cut into one-inch pieces

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

3-4 teaspoons seasoned salt

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

4-5 cloves minced garlic

black pepper, to taste

Directions

Place the potatoes into a large crockpot. Drizzle with oil and then add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir to thoroughly coat the potatoes and put the crockpot on low for about six hours or until the potatoes are tender. (I left mine in longer, and other than just getting a bit darker, they were still delicious, so don’t feel like you have to set an alarm to get up early. Mine were in there for eight hours at least.)

I woke up at about 5 a.m. and decided to go check on the potatoes just to see, and opening the lid of my crockpot was a huge mistake. I almost couldn’t get back to sleep because those potatoes smelled so good.

I’m sure some people would disagree with me, but waking up to the house smelling of garlic was a great way to greet the morning a few hours later.

All I had to do to get our brunch ready when we crawled out of bed was to fry up some eggs and start the coffee pot.

We had tons left over, so I’ll be looking forward to digging into the leftovers as the week progresses, but I think I’ll also keep that recipe in mind if I ever decide to feed potatoes to a crowd. They would be good as a side dish for any meal of the day.

Once our coffee mugs were drained and our bellies were full, Joey and I had to get back to our reality of getting some work done, but thanks to my crockpot and a warm bed, our sleep in day was a huge success.

Lindsey Young is the Free Press office manager.