Home Fries with Za'atar, Red Chile, Cilantro, Lime and Clove-Scented Ketchup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Clove-Scented Ketchup:

1 cup ketchup, such as Heinz

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 

Home Fries:

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

5 large russet potatoes, parboiled in salted water, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

2 teaspoons za'atar 

1/2 teaspoon paprika 

1/4 teaspoon turmeric 

Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

2 Fresno chiles, thinly sliced 

1/4 cup coarsely chopped mixed herbs (a combination of cilantro, dill and parsley) 

Juice of 1 lime


  1. For the clove-scented ketchup: Whisk together the ketchup and clove in a small bowl. Cover and let sit at room temperature.
  2. For the Home Fries: Heat the butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the potatoes, za'atar, paprika, turmeric and a very generous amount of salt and toss to coat the potatoes. Use a spatula to press and crush the potatoes against the bottom of the pan. Cook until golden brown and crisp on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Turn in large chunks and press again to crisp. Cook until browned on the bottom, another 4 minutes. Taste and add salt as needed.
  3. While the potatoes crisp, heat the vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the chiles and cook, stirring, until warmed and very slightly softened, about 1 minute. Stir in the herbs.
  4. Spoon the chile mixture over the potatoes and drizzle with the lime juice. Serve straight from the pan, with the clove-scented ketchup on the side.