Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Recipe for Potato Pancakes

I've seen potato pancakes made on TV programs and they are all grated almost like thin juliennes.  Mine is more the texture of regular pancakes one makes for breakfast with maple syrup.

3 Large or 4 Med. Large Russet Potatoes, peeled.
1 Large Egg
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Small or half a Large Onion, if desired.
Approx 3 Tablespoons Flour
Salt and Pepper to taste

Peel and wash potatoes, then dry with paper towels.
Grate them into a large bowl. 
Use this side of the grater.  As you start to grate the potatoes, add the lemon juice so they stay nice and white.  After grating the first potato, then grate the onion the same way.  You'll want to stir the mixture once in a while so it doesn't oxidize. For those that don't care for onions, omit them.
When all the taters are grated:
Add 1 egg and stir it into the mixture to combine.  Add salt and pepper.  Then you want to add your flour.  I use a dinner Tablespoon and add 3 full spoonsful of flour to the mixture.  Stir all together till combined.
Preheat some cooking oil on Medium high heat in a frying pan til it starts to sizzle.   Note:  On my electric range, its on 6.5 on the dial.  I use about 1/4" or less of the oil.
When the oil is hot, using that soup spoon, spoon the batter into the fry pan.  I like to use the 8" pan so I can keep better control of the pancakes.  Cooking Note:  Don't press the centers down or you'll get a hollow in the finished product that doesn't cook evenly.
Let the pancakes cook without moving them til the edges start to turn brown.
Note:  You have to cook them rather hot so the oil doesn't get absorbed into the pancake mixture too much.
Using two forks, turn over your pancakes one by one so they can cook on the other side. 
As they cook, remove them to some paper towels to drain.  I use clean paper towels for each batch I remove from the pan. 
Serve them hot with sour cream.....or apple sauce if you like,  or just plain butter melted on top of them.  Different tastes for different folks.

I usually share a couple of bits with my best pal.
You can keep the extra pancakes you've cooked, covered in the fridge, and reheat them in the microwave for 60 seconds the next day for another meal.  They keep refrigerated for a couple of days.

These can be served as a side dish if you like, or with a crisp, cold salad.  For me, its like a meal itself, just the pancakes and sour cream.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

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