potato pancakes

If you are anything like me, you love potatoes.  They are so basic, but can be used to create a schmorgasborg of tasty culinary delights.  You only need to ask Samwise Gamgee.  Afterall, he once said, “You know – po-ta-toes…boil em’, mash em’, stick em’ in a stew.”  I like those options, but I also won’t lie – I like them fried.  There is nothing quite like good french fries or potato chips.  I have also recently come to the realization that potato pancakes are pretty amazing, too.

When I was younger my father used to tell me how he often survived on these scrumptious little treasures when he lived out West as a ski bum.  I could not imagine what he was talking about (and never had the chance to try until recently because fried food was a big no-no in my house).  In my head this was a wet version of potato bread cooked in a pan.  It did not sound like it went well with syrup.

Now that I am older (and poorer), I have come to discover the wonder that my father had spoken about.  They are incredibly easy to prepare, taste fantastic and fill you up.  As an added bonus, they are made with ingredients that are likely already around or inexpensive to buy.

My recipe is very basic and can be easily tailored to suit your tastes.  I would imagine cheese would be quite tasty when added in, but I have not tried.  Garlic is also a good addition.

4 medium potatoes, peeled and shredded
1 egg
2 TBSP flour (approximately, use your best judgement)
1 small onion, grated
salt, pepper to taste
oil, for frying (about 3 TBSP)

1. Dry the shredded potato thoroughly.

2. Add egg, flour, salt and pepper to the potatoes.  Mix well.

3. Heat a pan and oil over medium heat.

4.  Drop the mixture into the pan and spread the potatoes flat.  The pancakes are ready to be flipped when the bottom edges are brown and crispy.  Do not rush this part…it is what makes them good!

5.  When both sides are crunchy and cooked, remove the pancakes from the pan onto a plate with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.

6.  Enjoy (alone or with your favorite toppings like sour cream or applesauce)

It stinks that they are fried because oil can be expensive and eating a ton of fried foods is not particularly healthy.  Tasty, but not for everyday.  I am hoping in the near future to discover a baked version of this delicacy.  Until then, these will just have to do.

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