Alex Witchel's Potato Pancakes
This delicious breakfast recipe, which appeared in the New York Times on December 6, 2006, is courtesy of Alex Witchel.
- Servings: 4
- Yield: Makes 24 small pancakes
Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Fall 2006/2007
- 2 large eggs
- 3 medium all-purpose potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup grated onion
- Coarse salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 to 4 tablespoon matzo meal, or as needed
- 3/4 cup canola oil, for frying
- Applesauce, for serving (optional)
- Sour cream, for serving (optional)
Place half the potatoes in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Transfer potatoes to a strainer set over a medium bowl; let drain. Repeat process with remaining potatoes. Measure out 3 cups chopped potatoes and discard any remaining potatoes.
In a large bowl, beat eggs lightly. Add potatoes, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper; mix well. Stir in 2 tablespoons matzo meal, and let stand about 30 seconds to absorb moisture in batter. If necessary, add more matzo to make a thick, wet batter.
Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add oil. When oil is hot, working in batches, add 2 tablespoons batter, flattening gently to make thick pancakes. Cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; season with salt. Repeat process until all the batter has been used. Serve immediately with applesauce and sour cream.