There are some dishes that resonate with such deep memories that they will be forever associated with someone or something. Oftentimes they will be simple dishes made by someone close to your heart. For me one of those dishes would be potato pancakes.
Potato pancakes were of my favorite sides that Grandma occasionally served with her dinners. She’d have a small gathering of friends over and they’d all start with Scotch on the rocks, wine or other beverage of choice; some appetizers, maybe a crudites platter with a blue cheese dip and everyone would relax in the living room filling the air with beautiful conversations.
Eventually the gathering would migrate to the dinner table were Grandma’s cooking would fill our tastes and bellies as much as the camaraderie would fill our hearts. The meals were nearly always an enticing mix of familiar and new culinary explorations for me. I was served octopus for the first time at Grandma’s table and as a kid discovered that cooked carrots can actually be quite tasty.
Grandma’s dinner table changed my mindset forever on how I approached food. Anything from the simple to the exotic can be enrapturing, depending on how it is done. Today, whenever I prepare some of those dishes that I was first introduced to by Grandma, all of those memories and emotions fill my soul.
Can there be any doubt that I love these potato pancakes? By themselves,without the recollection of dear memories, the potato pancakes are damn tasty. The crisp outside, with a soft savory center have a play in textures that potatoes are so incredibly adept at forming. The potato pancakes are by themselves a nourishing comfort food, then add in a love for an inspiring force in my life and my love for thus dish becomes nearly reverence.
Yield: 12 - 4" Pancakes
Total Time: 20 Minutes