Friday, November 7, 2008

Potato Pancakes

It was a dark and stormy night. We could hear the heavy raindrops pummeling the roof. Dusk came early. It was 4:30, . . . and I was starving. (My stomach obviously thought it was a lot later.) A good dinner for night like that? Potato Pancakes made with some of the potatoes we managed to get dug from the garden before rain drove us in yesterday.

I think it must have been the flavor of the newly harvested potatoes, because we both agreed (as we fought over the last pancake) that we couldn't remember Potato Pancakes ever tasting as good as the ones I made last night for dinner. Here's the recipe in case you'd like to try it sometime.

Potato Pancakes

1/4 cup milk

5 tablespoons flour

2 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups grated raw potatoes

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 medium finely chopped onion

good sprinkle pepper

1-2 cloves minced garlic

1 teaspoon dried parsley

In medium bowl, mix all ingredients well. Heat oil in large skillet. Using a slotted spoon in order to drain off some/most of the liquid, place a spoonful of mixture in hot skillet and flatten. Brown one side, then flip and brown the other. The edges should be crisp. Remove to dish and keep warm while frying rest of mixture.

Here are all the ingredients mixed together.

I use enough oil in the skillet so the pancakes don't stick, but not enough to consider it deep frying by any means. This recipe feeds the two of us, but I always serve it with only a crab meat salad. The Potato Pancakes would go a lot farther if you served a meat entree with them obviously. I make my pancakes about 4-5" in diameter but I don't think size really matters. And, also, the exact amount of grated raw potatoes doesn't seem to be critical.

We both like them drizzled with maple syrup, but other people seem to think this is a little weird. Each to his own . . . and enjoy!

P.S. Have you noticed the new picture on my blog header? This beautiful shot was taken by my talented daughter. Thanks for the loan, Sweetie.


RuthieJ said...

mmmmmmmmm.....I LOVE potato pancakes (with a little applesauce on the side).

I did notice your new header picture this morning and forgot to comment on it--those aren't frozen droplets are they? It's a really neat picture--ChickenMama done good!

Jim said...

I think I'll make some today! But it's creme fraiche (sour cream) for the topping for me!

Mama Pea said...

Ruthie, I have been known to serve the Potato Pancakes with a side of applesauce (when I'm feeling gourmet-ish -- ha!). Don't know for sure if the droplets in the picture are frozen or not. Chicken Mama has had lower temps at her place than we have, so they could be.

Oh, yeah, Jim, creme fraiche sounds REALLY GOOD with the pancakes! I just may have to give that a try.

Thanks for your comments, guys!