Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Irish Potato Pancakes!

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Irish Potato Pancakes! 

Posted: 12:29 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2018

By alexafilipe

What better way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than with a dish made out of potatoes?!


 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of mashed potatoes (Try not to use instant mash!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Onions
  • Oil for frying

 

The three basic ingredients!

 

Don’t potatoes just remind you of little dinosaur eggs?! No? Just me, okay.

 

What To Do:

  1. Begin by peeling your potatoes. Once you have finished peeling, dice them up 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. In a medium pot, add water and begin boiling your potatoes. Right now, we are basically in the process of making mashed potatoes.
  3. Once the potatoes have gotten soft enough to mash, drain the pot and get your potato masher! If you don’t have one, use a fork or a big wooden spoon.
  4. Now is the time to add in other ingredients to your potatoes. First begin by adding salt, pepper, and diced onions (if you so choose).
  5. In order for the potatoes to fry, we must now add the egg and 1/4 cup of flour. This will make for a nice golden brown pancake.
  6. Preheat a large skillet with around 3 tablespoons of canola oil to evenly coat the pan. I like to keep the heat on medium/low.
  7. Scoop out some potato mixture and plop it onto the skillet. I like to use a rubber spatula to smoosh down the potato blob into a flat pancake. It keeps my hands clean.
  8. They usually take around 2-3 minutes to get golden brown on each side. Don’t forget to flip!
  9. Once all your batter has been used, serve with some chives or scallions on top and perhaps some plain yogurt, as the Irish do.

Enjoy!

 

Some of the most well-known St. Paddy’s day foods are, of course, corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread. Irish potato pancakes seem to take a backseat to these traditional favorites, so I figured I would shed some light on them and give them a try this week. I’m not particularly Irish (maybe 5% on my mom’s side), but I do find Irish culture to be full of life and, overall, extremely beautiful. I love the dances, the accents, the beer. And yeah, I really like the potatoes.

Among the many ways one can eat a potato, Irish Potato Pancakes are certainly underrated. In fact, this dish is one of my new favorites. Based on my research, these little golden pancakes are mostly served as an appetizer with a side of yogurt. But since we’re here in America, pancakes will almost always remind me of breakfast, and I don’t see why you couldn’t eat these golden potato delights in the morning. It’s definitely a time-consuming process, as you have to boil and mash the potatoes which can take up to 20-30 minutes, but the final results make it all so worth it.

I hope you all have a safe and exciting St. Patrick’s Day and that you get a chance to make this dish!

-Alexa

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