Friday, October 1, 2010

Scallion and Gruyere Potato Pancakes

Wow, it has been a while, I miss this! I feel like this week has blown by and I am so excited for the weekend to come already!



Unlike most people who travel in the summer, my husband and I tend to travel in the fall so it is always super busy! This weekend we are headed up to my sister's in Fort Worth, I can't wait to see her!


Since I knew this week was going to go quick, I picked out a few comfort dishes that I know my husband or I can make like that (snapping fingers), you know something you have made over and over again because it is so good. So today I bring you my favorite potato pancake...but first a little background.



I was first introduced to potato pancakes after the hubbie told me he was polish and his grandma used to make them every Christmas eve, what an awesome tradition! So while living in New York I ate my first polish meal at Little Poland in the East Village. I was hooked! After that it kind of went downhill when trying the boxed versions of potato pancakes, that was until 3 years ago the hubbie got the Dave Lieberman cookbook "Young and Hungry". In this cookbook is the best potato pancake recipe...



Crispy Scallion and Gruyere Potato Pancakes

2 medium russet potatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup gruyere, finely grated

Peel the potatoes and coarsely grate into a medium bowl. Add salt and pepper and toss well. Transfer potatoes to a strainer and let stand for 10 minutes or until extra water has drained out. Transfer potatoes back to bowl and add in cheese and scallions just until evenly mixed. Heat oil in a large skillet and grab 1/4 cup of the potato mixture. Using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid as you can and place it in the pan. Using a spatula, flatten the potato mixture to form a thin circle. Cook for ~7 minutes or until bottom of pancake is browned and crisp, then flip and cook second side. Once pancakes are crisp on both sides remove and place on plate lined with paper towels to help remove the extra oil. Repeat with remaining potato mixture and serve with sour cream or applesauce.

I believe it is the cheese in the recipe that makes these pancakes so crispy and delicious, so feel free to be a little generous. If you don't want to use gruyere, I would suggest trying a swiss. If you are really looking to alter the recipe instead of apples, go ahead and use those apples that are so good this time of year!


I know you guys see that burger in the pictures, we'll get to that, I promise! 

Happy Baking!

19 comments:

  1. MMMmmmmm, they look delicious! I've made potato pancakes & zucchini pancakes, but never with Gruyère. Nice twist!

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  2. Wow these look great. Potato pancakes are my absolute favorite and the addition of gruyere sounds awesome!

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  3. That's a nice deviation from the regular sweet style of pancakes. I do make potato pancakes but Gruyere is new for me. Like the texture. Following to keep in touch.

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  4. This is a great twist on traditional potato pancakes. My fiance is Jewish and loves latkes. This past summer, I made beet latkes and they were a big hit!

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  5. Gruyere cheese makes EVERYTHING taste good :) Love these potato pancakes!!

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  6. Scallions + Gruyere + Potato = Yes, please! :)

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  7. Cheese and carbs...I'm in...where do I sign up?

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  8. Your timing of this post couldn't be better! I was just looking for a potato pancake recipe the other day, because I was craving them SO much! I didn't end up making them, but now that you've shared this recipe, I think I'll have to!

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  9. Debbie, these look great! I love gruyere and potatos, and have never tried potato pancakes like these before. Will have to add them to my repertoire!

    Erin
    www.ekatskitchen.com

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  10. I love potato pancakes--can't imagine how great they are with gruyere! These look amazingly delicious!

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  11. These look GOOD! I love to make breakfast for dinner when the cooler weather hits...saving for future dinner adventures!

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  12. I love potato pancakes, the perfect Sunday breakfast.

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  13. Yum yum, yum! I love potato pancakes, love the ingredients you incorporated into them. Have a fun and safe trip.

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  14. Wonderful potato pancakes, I'll have them anytime, breakfast lunch or dinner.

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  15. OOOH, the gruyere sounds like such a delightful addition to potato pancakes!!

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  16. Wow, that looks fantastic. I've bookmarked the recipe. At this point, the magazine recipes are going to suffer, but from the looks of these potato pancakes, it'll be worth it.

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  17. Mmmm potato pancakes!! I love vegetable pancakes like this. The addition of the gruyere souds delicious. And also, I am totally in love with the font you chose for your header!

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  18. Okay, I've had a block of gruyere in my fridge that I've been needing to use for the past several days. And I don't think it could be put to a better use! I grew up loving potato pancakes, and these look like an awesome twist on what I grew up eating!

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