Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mini Pancakes with Creme Fraiche

There's this football game coming, right? And people like to nosh on things, so when my buddy Carla at Good Cook posted a challenge to make some sort of appetizer, well, duh. I'd better be posting some kind of recipe, right?

After some not-so-serious thinking and an accidentally large bowl of mashed potatoes (I like peeling potatoes, so I often end up with more than I need) I decided to turn those spuds into some thing more nibble-worthy.

My first thought was some kind of deep-fried potato balls, but that sounded messy. So I went a flatter route, making little potato pancakes. These can be made ahead of time and warmed right before serving.

Traditionally, I serve potato pancakes with either sour cream or with applesauce, but these could be topped with all sorts of things - salsa, guacamole, more cheese, slices of sausage ... whatever makes you happy.

I used home made creme fraiche. You can find my recipe here.

They can be served as individual bite-size pieces, or stack 'em up and stick 'em with a toothpick. Use two, with a filling between. Whatever makes you happy.

I used leftover mashed potatoes (obviously) but you can make and mash potatoes just for this dish, if you like.

I suggest mixing, then making one little pancake, then taste-testing and then adjusting the flavors. You might need salt, but maybe not, if you're using leftover mashed potatoes.

Mini Pancakes with Creme Fraiche

1 cup mashed potatoes, chilled or at room temperature
2 eggs
1 tablespoon dried chives
3 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Oil or butter, for cooking
Creme Fraiche, for garnish

Combine the potatoes, eggs, chives and cheese in a medium bowl. Heat butter or oil (your choice) in a frying pan or griddle. If you've got a super-nonstick pan, you might not need any butter or oil for cooking , but I like a little bit for the flavor it adds.

Use a small scoop or a spoon to form small balls of dough and place them in the pan with plenty of space between them. Use a fork to flatten the balls.

Cook until the first time is browned, then use a spatula to flip and cook on the second side. Transfer to a dish and keep warm while you continue to make more little pancakes.

Serve with creme fraiche as a garnish.

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