Growing up, on Sunday nights Dad cooked. I don’t know why he was saddled with cooking only on Sunday nights. Punishment for a weekend spent playing? Payback for spending two days home?
Whatever, we loved it, because it always meant something unique for dinner. Porkchops with oranges was always a big hit. His specialty, breakfast for dinner, sent us into a frenzy- pancakes! syrup! waffles! for dinner?! yayayayayayay!!!
But every now and then we would get Potato Pancakes and Applesauce. :: Angels chorus here:: aaahhhhhh, divine!!
These were the perfect food in our book. Kind of like french fries for dinner (imagine!!), crispy golden on the outside, soft and starchy inside, just the right crunch. And the sweetness of the applesauce, from a jar no less!! Maybe some sour cream for good measure- the full fat kind, Daddy hated fat free.
Maybe thats why Sunday nights are not as depressing for me as they are for some people. Projecting the new week Monday morning doldrums – back to work, back to school- was always made less potent by the reward of Daddy’s Sunday night cooking.
German Potato Pancakes
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 6 medium potatoes, peeled and shredded
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Optional: Applesauce and Sour Cream as garnish
- In a large bowl, beat together eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Mix in potatoes and onion.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the potato mixture into the skillet. Press to flatten. Cook about 3 minutes on each side, until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels.