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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Perfect Potato Pancakes


It's not like I haven't made potato pancakes in the past. And I most certainly grew up with them; it was quite common to see advertisements in the daily newspaper for potato pancake sales, benefiting some organization or another.

But of all the times Matt or I have made them, they've never quite turned out right. Not crispy enough on the outside, or too crispy, or the insides were under-done, or well, just not what we were looking for.

A few weeks ago, I got (yet another!) new cookbook, Brunch: 100 Recipes From Five Points Restaurant, and I was completely taken in.

It's filled with good, hearty, brunch foods, and even if I didn't care to eat it myself, I found myself thinking of excuses to make many of the recipes.

Their recipe for Shredded Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon caught my attention, so I thought I'd make it for the 'guys'.

Along with 'cheesey eggs', they had, no joke, the best potato pancakes I've ever tasted (and yes, I did eat some!).

Their recipe calls for shredded potato, mixed with an egg and some flour, and lemon juice (to stop them from browning); I followed it...mostly.

See, I didn't want to get up an hour earlier, just to peel and shred the potatoes. Instead, Matt ran them through the food processor the night before, and tossed them in a bowl of water, which spent the night in the refrigerator.

In morning, I drained the potatoes, squeezed out as much water as I could, and followed the rest of the recipe (minus the lemon juice). Once it's mixed up, ladle-fulls are dropped into a pan of hot oil, and cooked four or so minutes per side.

So simple, yet so...perfect.

Matt said we could stop searching for a potato pancake recipe!

Topped very thin slices of smoked salmon (for Matt only), and mugs of cocoa, it was a pretty good breakfast.

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At 9:31 AM, Blogger Angela Martínez said...

Those look absolutely delicious. Potato pancakes are one of those foods that I've never had much success with, either. I must give this one a try.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...


They really are that good, and they are that easy!

The book itself is pretty good...I pressed it into service for Saturday's Blog Party; I needed a waffle recipe in a hurry, and the book was right there...

Probably says more about the state of my kitchen, then the book's worth, huh?

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Abby said...

I love potato pancakes, but I grew up eating them made from mashed potatoes, actually. Maybe it's a Southern thing? I don't know - it's just how my grandmother used up leftover mashed potatoes from the night before!

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...


I've actually had them both ways; post-Thanksgiving, cooking up those left-over mashed potatoes was pure heaven!

But I think I had just as many of the shredded potato variety, as well.

Of course, I just love potatoes, so I don't really care which version I have!

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Shawn said...

I love potato pancakes! Well, only until recently. My friend introduced me to it. This seems to be a very delicious variation. Perhaps my friend and I will try this one over the weekend.


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