Quick and Easy Potato Pancakes (Lapcsánka)


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This is an old-school, poor man's dish but it's still popular nowadays. In Hungary we make different versions of these potato pancakes: sometimes they are as large as mine, sometimes they are smaller but thicker. The Hungarian name of these also varies by regions e.g.: lapcsánka, lapótya, tócsni, pacsni etc.
It is great as a snack, quick dinner or as a side dish.

Ingredients (makes 5-6 pancakes)

5 potatoes (2 lbs, 1 kg)
3 heaped tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 garlic clove - minced
1 tbsp oil + 4-5 tbsp for frying
Sour cream for serving

1. Peel the potatoes then wash them under cold running water
2. Grate the potatoes very finely – you can use a cheese grater too
3. Stir it a little (don't worry if the potato is starting to brown – it's normal)
4. Place a fine strainer over a bowl and ladle/pour the grated potato into it
5. To get rid of the moisture, leave it in the strainer for 5 minutes
6. Place the potato back into a large bowl
7. Pour out the liquid, but keep the starch – add it to the potato mixture and stir
8. Add the salt, black pepper and minced garlic, then stir again
9. Add the flour and mix thoroughly.
10. Add 1 tbsp of oil and mix well.
11. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a heavy bottomed pan, and spread it around.
12. When it's hot add 3 heaped tbsp of the potato mixture. Using a spoon spread it out evenly, gently forming it into a round shape, until the pancake is almost as large as your pan. (mine is about 8,5” (22 cm) diameter and 3-4 mm thick.
13. Fry it for about 3 minutes
14. Have a peek underneath to check how it looks (it should be golden brown and crispy)
15. Flip it over with a knife or spatula and cook the other side for about 2 minutes.
16. Check and remove from the pan when it's ready
17. Do the same with the rest of your potato mixture. Occasionally add some more oil into the pan if needed
18. Serve it right away while it's hot, with some sour cream and a glass of cold beer.
19. ENJOY!

/The music is based on a Hungarian folk song, played and made by my husband, MrStick© 2016 - (all rights reserved)/
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