Box Car Potatoes

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With the great sales around here on potatoes lately, I knew that I needed to find a new way to serve them other than mashed, baked or fried. Even though Hubby and the boy probably could care less, I love change. I thrive off of it. Do you think this explains why I make so many new recipes? I do.

The idea for the box car potatoes actually came from an episode of Guy’s Big Bite. I didn’t remember how he made the potatoes, but I remember he cut them into a box shape and put them in a wide skillet. When I went to look for the recipe, I couldn’t find it on the food network site. I had to use my own noggin on this one.

Here’s what I came up with:

5 thin-skinned medium starch potatoes(eastern, yukon, whatever you have)
1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
10 pats(5 tbls) of butter or margarine
2 tsp salt(I use seasoned salt)
1 tsp pepper

Cut the sides of the potato so they turn into a “box car” shape. I used my longer, rectangular potatoes for this recipe.

Now, cut the potato into 1/2 inch slices, place into a shallow skilletthat’s been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and tilt them slightly, like dominos.

Repeat 4 more times( or 9, if you’re doubling the recipe :oP) and your skillet should look like this:

Once all the potatoes are in, turn heat to medium and slowly pour in your half cup of broth…

Evenly sprinkle your salt and pepper over the potatoes, cut pats of butter in half and dedicate one half of a pat to one half of a potato. Kind of like this:

Once the broth comes to a boil(see above), put on the lid(see below), turn the heat to low and let them simmer and steam for about 15 minutes or until fork-tender.

Sorry I don’t have a “finished product” picture for you all. The potatoes, veggies and meatloaf all finished at the same time, and I took that as a Holy sign that we needed to sit and eat right then. Of course, the potatoes were the first to go. Maybe next time!

This is such a simple recipe, with simple flavors, but will knock your socks off at how yummy it is. If you want a bit of a kick, sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on top of the potatoes when you add the salt and pepper. Hubby loved the “kick” the second time I made these. Hope you all enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you!

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  1. 1.6.09
    Precious said:

    These sound easy and delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  2. 1.6.09
    Diane said:

    Awesome! Here’s the link to Guy’s-

    I just bought 20lbs of potatoes on special and I think I’ll try some of them like this!

  3. 1.6.09

    These are now on my to-try list. 🙂

  4. 1.6.09
    Amiyrah said:


    you’re welcome! I know you said you were eager to see the recipe.

    thanks for finding that recipe! Now lets see how well I did with the similarity lol

    that makes me happy! I love reading your recipes and hope this one works out for you :o)

  5. 1.6.09
    Jenny said:

    Oh something new to try! i love potatoes and usually make them scalloped (but without cheese). Just slice them thinly (great if you have a slicer), put some oil on the skillet, layer potatoes evenly and cook on medium heat until golden on the bottom. Flip them over and cook the other side. Not as greasy as fried but taste very good. Also my DBF does potatoe caserole – layers of cubbed frozen potatoes (i use fresh and works just fine), mix of cooked bacon with onions and mushrooms and all soaked in beaten egg and milk. Bake at 400 degree for 45 min or until golden brown. you can top with shreded cheese if you like (as he does) but I skip that part.

  6. 1.6.09

    Wow, what a great idea….as always 🙂 I think they are on sale at Shop Rite this week, so I’ll add it to the list. Great idea, and seems so easy, but no worries, I’ll probably mess it up and email you ‘what did I do wrong?” LOL

  7. 1.6.09

    Yum! I love potatos! We eat them almost every night. I will have to make them soon.

  8. 1.6.09
    Katy said:

    Great timing! We just bought ourselves a bag of potatoes AND had a relative give us some too! I needed a new recipe to try besides baked and mashed. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for posting!

  9. 1.6.09
    nidena said:

    Got another one for you: in a casserole dish…one layer of 1/4″ thick slices, one layer of red onion rings, random dollops of butter…repeat until you run out of room. Cover with foil, cook at 350, cook until tender. Super yum!

  10. 1.7.09
    Lindsay said:

    Nice!!! Great recipe! 🙂

  11. 1.7.09

    Just wanted to let you know that I tried the box car potatoes last night and all I can say is – Y-U-M! It’s such a simple recipe with such and incredible taste. Our only problem was they didn’t last very long. Everyone was looking for more potatoes in the pan and my husband was on the verge of licking the pan clean, I think! LOL!

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. 1.7.09
    Amiyrah said:

    lol@the treffeisens!

    glad everyone liked them. DH is already asking when I’m going to make them again lol!

  13. 1.8.09
    Katy said:

    Amiyrah — I made these tonight, and they were SO good! I think I put in just a little too much cayenne pepper though — DF nose started running, and he likes things spicy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!