Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Morning Potato Pancakes

Ron’s cooking is among the many things for which I feel grateful during this festive season! He’s what I call a “natural” cook - a person who throws together a little of this and a little of that, almost always with outstanding results. Ron made these pancakes for me yesterday. Wherever you live, I hope you’ll share an intimate holiday breakfast with us! This quantity serves 2.
Christmas Morning Potato Pancakes:
1 large, raw russet potato
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg, well beaten
2-to-3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. oil
Sour cream, as garnish
Applesauce, as garnish
Wash, peel, and grate potato. Rinse shredded potato in sieve and place in cold water 3-to-5 min. Drain, rinsing again with fresh water and draining once more. Blot dry with paper toweling. Transfer potatoes to bowl. Salt and pepper to taste, stirring in beaten egg and adding just enough flour to hold mixture together. Set electric griddle to 350 deg. F. (or medium-high heat on stove top). Heat oil on griddle: Use a generous quantity of oil, rather than oil spray, to crisp surface of pancakes. Spoon and flatten potato mixture onto hot oil. Fry 5 min. on each side to cook potatoes through. Increase heat to 400 deg. F. (or raise stove-top heat slightly) to crisp each side of pancakes. Makes 6 pancakes. Serve with sour cream, applesauce, and sausages (see Note).
Note: I learn from watching Ron cook! He fried the sausages in a skillet covered with a silicone spatter-guard. Rather than remove the spatter-guard and mess the stove to turn the sausages, he held the spatter-guard in place and simply shook the pan. Neat trick! 
A single grated potato makes enough for two

Rinse and drain as recipe directs, washing away starch

Blotted dry, potatoes are ready for the bowl - at last!

Add salt, pepper, and an egg to shredded potatoes

Combine ingredients well, adding just enough flour to bind

Spoon onto hot, well-oiled griddle

Cook each side at medium-high heat

Raise heat, frying until crispy

Serve with sausages, sour cream, applesauce - and love!

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