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Leek And Red Pepper Hash-Browned Potatoes
6 medium potatoes
2 large leeks - (or 3 medium)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper -- finely diced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley -- (optional)
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste

Microwave the potatoes in their skins until they are easily pierced with a knife but still firm. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then peel and slice them about 1/2-inch thick.

Trim the tough green leaves and bottoms from the leeks and discard. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise, then into 1/4-inch slices crosswise. Place in a colander and rinse well.

Heat the half of the oil in an extra-wide skillet. Add the leeks and sauté over medium-low heat, covered, until limp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the red peppers and continue to sauté, covered, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are soft, about 5 to 8 minutes more.

Add the remaining oil, the potatoes, and the optional parsley. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook until the potatoes on the bottom are browned. Stir well, and let the bottom brown several times more, until most of the mixture is nicely browned. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

This recipe yields 6 servings.


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