For now, I dedicate one of my favourite Polish recipes in her honor.
I hope you enjoy these potato pancakes as much as we all did (and still do). The real name is “Placki” (pronounced plaaht-skee). They are a fairly traditional dish around many Eastern European countries. We serve them up two ways in our home. If you prefer savoury, you can sprinkle salt on top and serve with sour cream on the side. If you have a sweet tooth, a dollop of apple sauce.
- 3 cups grated potato (use the small-not smallest hole on your grater)
- 2 eggs (well beaten)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Sour cream or apple sauce to serve on the side
- Peel potatoes (I used almost 5 large ones)
- Grate potatoes in a large bowl
- Squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the grated potatoes. Use your hands, cheese cloth, or a sieve. Get messy! It’s fun!
- Once all the liquid is out, add your eggs, flour, sugar and salt.
- Mix it all together really well
- Heat up a frying pan (I like to use two at the same time to make things go faster)
- Add a heaping splash of oil, enough so you can shallow fry the pancakes
- Once the oil is hot, drop big spoonfuls of the mixture onto your pan
- Let the bottom get nice and golden (crispy is good) and then flip them and repeat
- Garnish with crushed salt, chives, sour cream, or apple sauce