Latkes/potato pancakes - by
When we would have them in the Philadelphia area, they were always served with apple butter and sour cream. Now, I adore apple butter and I like sour cream with Mexican food and on baked potatoes, but the two things together was something new to me. Needless to say, I found I loved it! (Do I love too much?)
One of the things I loved at the German Christmas markets was the street vendors. Thousands of street vendors. Arts, crafts, toys, collectibles, pottery, clothing and food - everywhere you walked in the market. But, then I discovered the Kartoffel stands. I was surprised to learn that French fries in Germany are called the same name they are in Paris: Pommes Frites (pronounced pohm freet). But, despite that seemingly out of place nomenclature, there in their ever loving glory were kartoffelpuffers served with apple sauce and sour cream. Oh....my....God!! I had to go grab Tom and show him. We both bought ourselves a kartoffelpuffer, fresh and hot, to enjoy as we walked along (actually, I stood to eat mine because they really were hot and it was easier to finish standing still).
The Christmas Market in Munich -
Anyway, I have been craving these things for a while now. I found that if I have shredded potatoes on hand, they are SO easy to make that I can throw them together in a couple of minutes. Shredded potatoes, onions (I used onion powder, but minced or diced onions are more authentic), scrambled eggs, salt and pepper and you've got yourself the makings of kartoffelpuffers. Some recipes call for a bit of flour which helps bind it all together, but I didn't put any in what I made and they came out great! I did put a bit of pumpkin pie spice in (it called for nutmeg), but that's totally optional.
Latkes frying -by
I've used shredded fresh potatoes and this time I used shredded frozen hash browns. I wasn't expecting my daughter to want any because I asked her if she wanted potato pancakes and she shot me down immediately. But, then she came and looked in the pan and asked me what they were. She decided then she would have one and make a sandwich out of it with the bacon and toast she already had.
Potatoes from pancakes to pommes frites
Now, that's an idea I hadn't considered, so I'm sharing it with you as an option. Make your breakfast sandwiches out of a potato pancake with bacon or ham or a slice of Canadian bacon. They'd be perfect for breakfast on the run!!