Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Sometimes there's an extra baked potato left after dinner. Especially when somebody is being good and doesn't fall off the carburetor wagon, and sticks to the steak, salad, and fresh fruit. Don't throw it out, stick it in the fridge until morning. Leftover baked spuds are perfect for breakfast hash browns, but we're making potato pancakes today.
- Last Night's Baked Potato
- Yellow Pepper (not a Bell-the unidentified yellow peppers in the produce section)
- Red Serrano Pepper, Seeded
- New Mexico Big Jim Pepper
- Half of an Onion
- Irish White Cheddar or Parmesan Cheese
- Fresh Thyme
- Jimmy Dean Sausage Link
- Sea Salt
- Coarsely grate the potato with a cheese grater
- Finely dice the onion
- Finely dice the seeded Serrano Pepper
- Slice the other peppers into small strips
- Grate a small amount of cheese (1/4 cup)
- Two teaspoons of fresh thyme
- Grapeseed or other suitable oil
- A couple of pinches of salt (teaspoon)
Add the above to a mixing bowl and dry mix with a fork
- Split the sausage length-wise and cut into small chunks. Quickly brown over high heat and add to the dry mixture.
- Add the egg and mix thoroughly with a fork
- In a cast iron skillet pour about 1/8 inch of oil and heat.
- Once hot, use a large spoon to drop mixture into the hot oil.
- Spread evenly with the back of the spoon.
- Brown on both sides.
- Remove and drain on paper towels.
- Serve with a fried egg, and/or sour cream, and/or a sliced avocado.
- The recipe should make six decent size potato pancakes.
- This combination of peppers produces a mildly spicy potato pancake with enough bite to be interesting but not overwhelming. You may substitute any combination of peppers to suit your palate or to accomodate what's in your fridge.
- The Serranos, Big Jims, and the Thyme are from the gardens here at the Casa.
- The Serrano peppers are moderately spicy, which is why you want to dice them as finely as possible.
- This dish had its origins as poor people food, a way to use up leftovers and eliminate waste. It is a seat-of-the-pants dish so don't over think it. Use what you got, run what you brung. Chances are it will be good.
This isn't on your Paleo diet and you may not want to waste your daily points on it. [Shrugs]