I first learned how to make these delectable pancakes from my mother-in-law over 50 years ago. Her parents came from Lithuania and so did her recipe. I have changed them very little over the years. Of course, the advent of the food processor has made them much easier to make - and also given lie to the fact that it was a little blood (from grated knuckles) that made them so good! The recipe comes to mind just now because my granddaughter Eliza wanted them for her birthday dinner last Monday.
Here is my recipe:
1 pound potatoes
1 medium onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup vegetable oil
Peel potatoes and onion and cut into chunks. Put them through the coarse grater of a food processor. (Mixing the onion with the potato helps keep the potatoes from turning dark.) Remove and reserve. Replace the grater with the blade, return the potatoes to the processor and pulse a few times to the desired consistency.
Place a large strainer over a medium bowl. A handful at a time, squeeze the potatoes over the grater and place in a second bowl. When all have been squeezed, add the lightly beaten egg, the flour and the salt to the potatoes and mix.
Returning to the bowl with the potato liquid, carefully pour off the liquid and you will see a white, starchy substance on the bottom of the bowl. This is potato startch. Scrape it up and add to your potatoes. Mix well.
Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet until the oil shimmers then add dollops of the potato mixture to the pan. Flatten slightly, and cook until browned, turn and brown the other side. Drain on paper towels and place on a cookie sheet. You may keep them warm in a 250 degree oven or cook them ahead of time and reheat in a 425 degree oven for about 5 minutes.
Serve with sour cream and applesauce.
Note: you may make these quite small and serve as an appetizer! They also freeze well.
|Add egg, flour and salt|
|Pan brown (1)|
|Pan brown (2)|
|Ready for the oven|
|Serve with Ham 'Butt', applesauce, sour cream|
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