Depression Era Potato Pancakes

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whole potatoes 4 or 5 medium
salt and pepper to taste
onion bits (optional)
garlic bits (optional)
cheese (optional)
bacon bits (optional)

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Penny Hall Recipe
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South Ogden, UT (pop. 16,532)
Member Since Apr 2011
Penny's notes for this recipe:
Here's a Depression-era recipe for potato pancakes, submitted by Grammi D:
Grammi D says: This recipe was given to me by an 87-year-old woman who grew up during the Depression in New Brunswick, Canada. They lived right on the ocean, so good protein was available. Her mother grew potatoes each summer, and taught her how to make these pancakes. She had an old bowl that was chipped all along the top, which held the flat grater right in place. We made them together a few times in her home in NH. She taught me many frugal things.
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1. Grate a large, raw baking potato (This takes a few minutes).
2. In a small mixing bowl, add the potato, salt and pepper and any other ingredients that you'd like to include (see above).
3. Form the mixture into patties, and fry in a non-stick pan with a bit of butter or oil. Start cooking on high, but watch the pancakes carefully. When they start to brown, turn the stove down to medium heat. Then, cook for about 10 minutes on each side. Do not turn the pancakes until the first side is browned and crispy. They are a bit fragile until one side is done.

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user Penny Hall FantasyFaery54 - Aug 21, 2011
Penny Hall [FantasyFaery54] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
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user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Aug 23, 2011
my mother made these but with eggs in it
user Penny Hall FantasyFaery54 - Aug 23, 2011
My mom made them with eggs too, and so do I, but found this recipe on a depression era site online.

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