Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Potato Pancakes


4 Potatoes (peeled & shredded)
1/2 Onion,
1/2 Apple
2 Eggs (lightly beaten)
1/4 cup flour
1 Lemon (juice of 1 Lemon)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
two tablespoons butter
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil


1) Grate the potatoes into a medium size bowl filled with water with a box grater using the side with the largest holes. 2)Dice the apple and onion into small pieces and place in a second bowl and reserve. 3) Remove the grated potatoes from the water and squeeze the water out. Use a thin mesh strainer to remove any excess water over the bowl of water. (Keep the bowl of water it has the potato starch) 4) Place the grated potatoes, diced onion, diced apple, salt, pepper and the juice from one lemon into a bowl and mix together with a fork. 5)Drain the potato water over a fine mesh strainer and pour it out over the strainer obtaining the potato starch. Add this goodness to the potato mixture. Then add 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and mix with fork. If the mixture is too wet add a little more flour. Refrigerate covered with plastic wrap until the pan is ready.

6) Prepare a large frying pan and heat 1/2 cup vegetable oil and two tablespoons butter until it sizzles. Drop a tablespoon at a time of the potato mixture into hot oil. Flatten with a pancake turner. When bottoms are brown turn them over. When done remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Serve with applesauce, sour cream or just plain. Serve immediately.

Note: Peanut oil can be used instead of vegetable oil. Once the potatoes are shredded they will start to brown so make sure to keep them covered in water. The potato pancakes can be made large if desired. Fresh or dried herbs are also nice if you have on hand.