Monday, July 23, 2012

Potato Pancakes - not your grandmother's recipe

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Hello, how is everyone this fine day?  I am good, family is good, were all good, it's a wonderful day in the neighborhood!!
Actually I'm lying profusely!!  It's exactly 3:10 AM and I am up in the middle of the night!!
Why are you up in the middle of the night you will ask?  "Ah, I thought you would never ask"...

It's called we are experiencing a thunderstorm.
I love, love and adore thunderstorms!  They don't scare me, they actually null me to sleep, I cuddle more into the bed linens and just sigh with delight.  I love watching them as well.  However, Manny (my Bichon)... not so much!  He's a nervous wreck when it comes to thunderstorms.  He will pace, pant, crawl under, over, in between and everything else, and attempts with all his little might to make himself invisible. He also has this amazing habit of being directly next to me.  Meaning, under my feet, next to me on the couch, bed, etc., and whines softly.  Poor baby!!  I feel really bad for him and attempt to console him, but there is no consoling till the storm has passed.  So, here I am, in the middle of the night with a dog on my lap, covered by his blankie and talking to you!!  




I know right?  You can't even get angry at that face!!  So I thought I would share my favorite recipe for potato pancakes.  The recipe was fresh in my mind since we had them as a side to yesterday's dinner of homemade rotisserie chicken and roasted corn and black bean relish, DELICIOUS!!
Potato pancakes are not to be confused with "Latkes".  Traditional Latkes do not call for any liquid addition.  The basic recipe for Latkes are grated or ground potato, eggs, flour and oil for frying.  Potato pancake recipes call for the addition of liquid.  The plethora of information I just shared with you... I should stay up and be sleep deprived more often, obviously my brain works better!!

These pancakes are light and crispy and just bursting with fresh onion and herb flavor.  They are not heavy in any way with the addition of one very simple ingredient.  You could actually call them a "fritter" for the lack of a better word, but I prefer to flatten them a smidgen and "pancakes" they are.


Ready for the recipe?  Here we go:

Ingredients:

6-7 medium potatoes grated 
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup minced green onions (white part and all)
1/3 cup fresh parsley minced
1/3 cup club soda
4-6 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Oil for frying

Directions:

In a small bowl, add your dry ingredients, starting with 4 tbsp of flour and dry whisk to make sure all the spices are mixed.  
Wash, peel your potatoes and then grate, (I  used my food processor for easier grating).  Place mixture into a cheesecloth and squeeze as much liquid out of the potatoes as you can.  Don't hurt yourself, just eliminate the excess liquid. *grin*   Place potato mixture into a medium bowl.  To the potato mixture, add your beaten eggs, onions and herbs, mix well.  
Next, add your dry ingredients, and continue to mix, now add the magic ingredient, "club soda".  The mixture will fizz over for a second, but then immediately become thick.  While you watch with amazement as the air bubbles appear in the batter before your very eyes!  Yes!!  
You want the batter to resemble pancake like consistency, not too thick, but obviously not too thin.  If the mixture still seems too thin, add the additional flour one tablespoon at a time till the consistency is thicker.  Set mixture aside.

Over medium high heat and using a large skillet, add about 1 inch of oil to pan. When oil is heated, add about 1/3 cup of potato batter to pan, flatten slightly and shape round if needed.  Continue with the rest of the batter, till skillet is filled, do not overcrowd.  Cook till lightly golden on one side, and gently flip.

Cook on the other side and remove to paper towel lined plate, season with salt and keep warm till all the batter is used.
Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


Okay, off to make more coffee...

Till next time!!


Dishin with Didi

8 comments :

  1. O Manny is a real cutie! I love storms too (except when there is a high wind). Poor Manny.

    Can't wait to try the recipe! Thank you for all the info.

    'til next time,

    Patti

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    1. Yes, high winds bother me too, especially since we have large trees around us.
      Manny is a cutie, and he knows it!! ;-)

      Let me know Patti!!

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  2. Love the recipe for the pancakes too...club soda must make them light!! I must try this one as i love everything potato!!

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    1. Doreen, the club soda actually gives them a light "tempura" texture... so very, very light and crispy!!!!

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  3. Interesting! My mother made traditional latkes but now you've got me wondering what the club soda will do. May have to try this soon. :) I'm sorry poor little Manny is suffering. When we got our pup I was sort of anticipating this so I did my best to teach her to be calm while she was still a baby. I remember our first thunderstorm together. She was playing with a toy by my desk while I was working and kept looking at me to see how to react to the huge noise. I purposely never looked at her and concentrated on my computer. After a while, she decided that if I wasn't worried, she needn't be either and went back to her toy. I did it every time during her puppyhood and now, at age 3, she's calm and sleeps through thunderstorms, fireworks, etc.

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    1. Hi Anita!!
      You have to come back and let me know about the pancakes!
      Thank you about Manny, I have no clue as to why he acts this way! The girls (2 other dogs) are totally fine with storms, fireworks etc!! He acted like this day one!! I believe it was the first storm, it was highly charged and his fur literally stood on end!! The strangest site ever let me tell you... we called the vet the next day and she said its common in pups till their hair grows courser, just wipe him down with a fabric sheet. We did, however the fear is still there 6 yrs later...
      My baby boy!!!

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  4. YUM!!! These look really good :) Can I use leftover mashed potatoes I have in the refridge??? Hope Manny has recovered and you get a nap today :)

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    1. Hi Colleen!! I don't know about leftover mashed potatoes reason being they have ingredients in them already that could weigh down this fritter... haven't tried it like that. If you do, please come back and let me know!!

      Manny has recouped nicely, mommy? Still tired, lol!!

      Let me know my friend!!

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