Saturday, October 21, 2006

Hot Potato!

I love immigrants. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have such a variety of delicious food that we can take in as our own. I believe if all the world's leaders sat down together at the dinner table and shared in a happy feast, no one would worry about nuclear threats and wars and such.

Speaking of potato, I was in a mood for a potato pancake this morning. I don't recall where I learned this recipe from, only that I used to make it every Sunday for breakfast in place of hash browns, sometime in my teenage years when I was living away from home.

The premise is pretty simple, (and I'm a fan of simple). Grate some potatoes, slice up some onions, add an egg and flour for binding and skillet it up. (On a related note, I am loving the fact that I'm getting so much use out of the 3 cast iron skillets that I got on sale for $10 at Macy's!)

The recipe:
  • 2 medium potatoes, scrubbed and grated
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • oil (I used canola oil I'm sure any will do)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a bowl, mix potatoes and onions together, salt and pepper
  2. In a separate bowl, mix egg and flour until it forms a batter
  3. Combine both mixtures together and salt and pepper
  4. Heat up about a tablespoon of oil in a skillet at medium temperature
  5. Drop in mixture to form palm-sized pieces, cook about 4 minutes on each side or until it yields a nice crispy, golden brown color
That's it!

In the past I've eaten this with ketchup and fruit jam. Today I dabbed a bit of low fat sour cream to satisfy my newly acquired fondness of the stuff. By the way, you can also grate your onion instead of slicing it. I just find the texture more fun with keeping it sliced, as the onion flavor is more enhanced in the onion itself. (Plus I don't cry as much when prepping!)


Yvo said...

Mmm, yummy!

How long ago were they on sale? I've no cast iron items but would really like at least one skillet.

Read back the past two entries... delish. Loving it. I always undercook my molten cakes although sometimes the BF complains there's a touch too much fudge. :)

pinay said...

that looks really good, and reminds me of when I first lived in NYC when I was 7. Have you tried blintzes? I like the potato ones and the cheese filled ones...another bit of NYC Jewish yumminess.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna try this recipe! Hope it turns out as good as yours.

waisze said...

Just stumbled upon your food blog. Hooray! I love potatoe pancakes and this recipe looks easy enough to make. I think I'll try it tomorrow morning. THnx!