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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Potato pancakes


Potato pancakes
Originally uploaded by lcreekmo.
When I was a little girl, one of my favorite nights was potato pancake night. Anytime we had leftover mashed potatoes, my mom would mix these up and fry them. They aren't quite the same as what you'd expect at a Jewish deli--most of the ones I've had at such establishments are grated or riced in some fashion before being mixed with the other ingredients and cooked.

But they are easy, bad for you and delicious...all the hallmarks of a good Southern snack. They are also one of the 10 things my 6yo will eat, bless her heart.

Potato Pancakes

2 c. or so of leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg
Milk
1/4 to 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
Salt
Pepper

Mix the egg, flour, salt and pepper (those two to taste) into the mashed potatoes. Add some milk. You want them to be unstiff and easier to stir, but not even close to soupy. The best pancakes come when you drop a spoonful in the skillet and there's still a little peak on top, until you flip it to the second side.

Heat a little oil (just enough to coat) on your griddle or in a cast-iron skillet, medium heat. Canola is best, very little taste of its own.

When the oil is HOT, drop spoonfuls of batter into the skillet. Let the first side brown then flip, flattening the pancake.

Drain on paper towels and eat hot.

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