Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Potato Pancake Slider Size Latke Appetizer Bar - 52 Breakfast Ideas

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This has always been a favorite meal of mine.  I have told this story before, but take an impressionable boy from the corn fields of Illinois and transplant him to New York City, just about everything is exotic... Even these simple little pancakes made out of hash browns (a little more than that, but mostly hash browns).  At the time (40 some years ago), I was amazed at the little gems and even more amazed at the variety of toppings.

This meal has become my Christmas morning tradition.  Including this past year.  But in addition to Christmas morning, I made a second batch, smaller, silver dollar size, added some pretty bowls and served them up as appetizer for my big Christmas Dinner.

They were served up hot from the pan.  It was a great opportunity to grab some help from one of our guests (don't be brave, when a guest asks if there is anything they can do to help... Grab'em!).  It's always nice when everyone gets involved in those big events.

And just set up the plates and a few bowls of choices and it became a wonderful conversation starter and a delicious start of the meal.

My choice of topics ranged from the simple... Sour Cream
To the unusual... Apple Sauce
To the unexpected... Pickled Red Onions
To the Exotic... Sugar Cured Salmon

As I am writing this, it is the week before the Super Bowl.  Every blogger and their brother is showing off their sports themed appetizers.  This was a fun choice and for me at least will always remind me of that ruddy cheeked little farm (farm town at least) boy from Illinois with his first trip to the big city.  Enjoy!

OK... here's what I did...

Potato Slider Size Pancake Latke Appetizer Bar


5 medium Potatoes, grated
1 medium Red Onion, grated
4 large Eggs
2 rounded TBS Flour
1 big Pinch Salt
several turns of a pepper grinder
4 TBS Olive Oil
Sour Cream to garnish (optional)
Pickled Red Onions to garnish (optional)
Apple Sauce to garnish (optional)
Sugar Cured Salmon to garnish (optional)

Cooking Instructions
    squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the potatoes and onions after they are grated and before you mix with the other ingredients.  
  2. Preheat the oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat
  3. Mix everything else together, form into pancakes
  4. Fry until golden brown and delicious
  5. serve along side bowls of toppings
  6. Serve HOT and enjoy


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Breakfast Ideas!"

It's the most important meal of the day.  From fancy to simple, there are always ways to dress up a breakfast dish.  These are the meals that make Bed and Breakfast Inns legendary (and usually easier than you think).

Here's your chance to make your guests Ooh and Aah!


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