aahh, man… Potatoes are just too fucking good. it’s to me what pizza is for others. except I can eat it all the time and not feel bad. if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be potato. You can do so much with potatoes. Potato, the good stuff in life is made of potato. french fries, chips, mashed potato, pancakes, cakes, potato sallad,I can go on yo. think about it. Potato for LIFE.
Shredded Cheese (your choice, I usually use Sharp Cheddar)
(Optional) bacon crumbles, ham bits, finely diced bell pepper, red onion, green onion, herbs, etc.
Bake the potato 350 F 1-1.5 hours (or microwave on high power about 10 minutes)
Note: You can bake several potatoes at once and store in the fridge up to 1 week.
Once potato is cool enough to handle, slice off top and scoop out inside leaving ¼-½ inch shell. (Save the cooked potato for mashed potatoes, potato pancakes, etc.) Put a little butter in the potato shell, crack the egg and drop it into the shell (break the yolk, if you want), sprinkle with salt and pepper, top with a little grated cheese. Bake at 350 F 20 mins for soft yolk, 30-35 for hard yolk. Let cool a bit, enjoy :)
There’s no proxy for a real, crispy fried potato latkes. No mock-fake-oven version. No sweet potato or zucchini substitute. I would never even suggest such a thing. It’s almost sacrilegious. Even though these items may actually taste fine. They’re just not the same thing.
On the other hand, even during Hanukkah, after a feast of the classics, you might want to eat something else with dinner. So I am suggesting Mashed Potato Latkes. My mother used to make something similar whenever there were leftover mashed potatoes. Which wasn’t very often. I’m just sayin’.
They go with everything from roasted chicken to fried eggs to bulgur wheat casserole.
Mashed Potato Pancakes
2 pounds boiling potatoes
4 tablespoons butter, margarine or olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
¼ to 1/3 cup milk, dairy sour cream or vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, optional
1 large egg
all-purpose flour or bread crumbs
vegetable oil and/or butter/margarine/vegetable oil mixture for frying
Wash and peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with lightly salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, lower the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. While the potatoes are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons butter in a saute pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and looks foamy, add the onion and cook for 6-7 minutes until tender and lightly browned. Drain the potatoes but leave them in the saucepan. Add the onions and remaining 2 tablespoons butter and mash the ingredients until fairy smooth and without large lumps. Add ¼ cup milk, salt, pepper, parsley and chives, if used, and stir to blend ingredients until evenly distributed. Add more liquid if the mixture seems too thick. Set the mixture aside in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until chilled. Shape the mixture into patties about ½-inch thick. Dredge the patties in flour to coat both sides. Heat some butter and/or vegetable oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the patties a few at a time and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until hot and crispy. Repeat with remaining patties, adding more fat to the pan if necessary. Makes 6-8 servings
They’re like fried potato mouth-gasms. I would have liked to have added some herbs (parsley would have been nice, or maybe chives), and I think I should have made the potatoes themselves a little thicker, but overall they’re fucking delicious. I also really like the fact that they only use about a cup of mashed potatoes- I’ve eaten three of the five and I feel a lot fuller than I would have off of just plain mashed potatoes.
I’m so happy!! This is the first time I’ve attempted potato pancakes and they’ve actually stayed together. This is also the first time I’ve made them without cheese. Probably not a coincidence.
I’m making progress on unraveling the failure shrug- tonight is all about getting started on season six of Bones and hopefully beginning the belt.