One of the most internationally popular food’s main ingredients is the humble potato. Potatoes were originally grown in Peru and were taken to Europe by Spaniards. Potato pancakes have a history that goes back centuries, and is consumed on 5 continents. Of course it has many versions.
A dish made purely of grated potatoes fried in grease or oil is made in Switzerland. Once a popular farmer’s breakfast dish, it is now served throughout Europe in many restaurants.
German pancakes add egg and flour along with finely chopped onion. Instead of being served plain, toppings such as applesauce or sour cream are slathered on. A variation of this pancake recipe uses mashed potato instead of grated. It produces a slightly different taste, often crispy on the outside and soft in the center. It’s a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, and is very good with ketchup. Baking instead of frying makes pancakes healthier.
A favorite at the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, are latkes. Shredded potatoes are fried in olive oil. This has its roots in Old Testament scripture, symbolizing one night’s lamp oil that lasted for 8 nights.
Korean pancakes often add carrots or other vegetables to the shredded potatoes. A variety of peppers give extra zing to the pancakes that are served with soy sauce for dipping.
African recipes may be made from sweet potatoes giving them an entirely different flavor. These may be sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar for a dessert-like dish.
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