Sunday, June 27, 2010

Potato Pancakes

162. One of the first recipes we made in our new kitchen was Potato Pancakes. My honey's been making this recipe for years. It always turns out delicious. The German name for these delightful treats is "Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus" or Potato Pancakes with Applesauce. The recipe is from the Time Life Foods of the World the cooking of Germany.
We grated the potatoes...I like them in thin shreds.
Mix the other ingredients together and then pan fry them in canola oil.

Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus
Potato Pancakes with Applesauce


6 md. sized potatoes (about 2 lb.) preferably baking potatoes
2 eggs
1/4 cup finely grated onion
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
Rendered bacon fat or lard
Applesauce or imported lingonberry (preiselbeeren) preserves


Peel the potatoes and, as you proceed, drop them into cold water to prevent their discoloring. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs enough to break them up, add the onion and gradually beat in the flour and salt. One at a time, pat the potatoes dry and grate them coarsely into a sieve or colander. Press down each potato firmly into the sieve to squeeze out as much moisture as possible, then immediately stir the potato into the egg and onion batter.

Preheat the oven to 250 F.

In a heavy 8 to 10 inch skillet, melt 8 tablespoons of bacon fat or lard over high heat until it splutters. Pour in 1/3 cup of the potato mixture and, with a large spatula, flatten it into a pancake about 5 inches in diameter.

Fry it over moderate heat for about 2 minutes on each side. When the pancake is golden brown on both sides and crisp around the edges, transfer it to a heated, ovenproof plate and keep it warm in the oven. Continue making similar pancakes with the remaining batter, adding more fat to the pan when necessary to keep it at a depth of 1/4 inch. Serve the pancakes as soon as possible with applesauce or lingonberry preserves. To serve 6 as a vegetable.

I always serve sour cream on the side and always take a few minutes to peel and chop up 3 apples to make homemade applesauce. A little water, a little sugar, a little cinnamon and poof! much better than from the jar. And it is warm *lick lips*.

"Seeing is deceiving. It's eating that's believing."
~James Thurber

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Kitchen Remodel Part 3

161. "IT'S DONE!" The new kitchen is finished!
I am so satisfied and delighted to have this wonderful space to bake and cook in.
There is a wonderful amount of counter space and our new fridge is just awesome!
Now to pull out the cookbooks and start baking and cooking...
to be continued...

"Lord, bless this kitchen, and those who labor in it..."
~ Anonymous

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kitchen Remodel Part 2

160. It is now day 15 of our Kitchen Remodel. Our new granite counters went in 2 days ago and they are just stunning!
The backsplash will be Spanish terra cotta tiles.

We chose to go with a triangular pattern and it is starting out beautifully.

My new faucet is wonderfully Moen!
I won't know what to do with myself in this new space...It will be wonderful to have extra counters and cabinets.
Pretty soon the finished product will be up. The dishwasher and refrigerator are coming today! The Electrician is coming to finish off tomorrow...we will be able to move out of the downstairs! I can't wait!

"A clean kitchen is the sign of a wasted life."
~ Anonymous
"A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious!"


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