Crispy Home Fries that aren't raw in the middle and burned on the outsides. Forget the skillet (except for pre-cooking the bacon); instead, par-boil the chopped potatoes for just a minute with a dash of baking soda! Yup, baking soda. It does wonderful things to the outsides of the cubes, making them starchy and mushy so they crisp up better in the oven.
Using a super-hot oven, roast the potatoes on a pre-heated rimmed sheet in bacon grease. Don't add the onions until half way through the roasting, and stir in the crumbled bacon at the end. Voila! They are magnificent. You can get Cook's Illustrated's recipe here, or you can just do what everyone else does and wing it. But definitely use these suggestions...these are the best home fries I ever made!