My mother often made this recipe and probably grew up with it in the Appalachian area of Tennessee. She usually served it on Monday, making use of leftover mashed potatoes from Sunday dinner. We used to eat this topped with brown gravy.
"WHEN Grandma prepared potato pancakes, she used an old-fashioned grater, great for potatoes but not for knuckles! With homemade applesauce, this sauce, this side dish complements a meal so well. I made these pancakes for my family and often served them as a main dish for light suppers.
"MY AUNT made a mighty breakfast that revolved around 'The Big Pancake'. I always enjoyed watching as she poured the batter into her huge iron skillet, then baked the confection to perfection in the oven.
"The delicious result defied description! It was a sort of combination pancake, waffle and cruller.
"Sprinkled with powdered sugar and garnished with wedges of lemon, this crispy, golden-brown treat—which covered a dinner plate!—was as delightful to the eye as it was to the palate."
"THESE potato pancakes are really versatile. They can be a side dish for just about any meal or the main course for a light meal. Potato pancakes go particularly well with pork. We have them often at our house."
Need a gift for the breakfast lover on your list? Fix a batch of this pleasing pancake mix—it'll serve up plenty of smiles. Don't forget to attach the recipe for making the pancakes! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Meet the Cook: Not only are these an old family favorite, they're a neighborhood favorite as well. We have several bachelor neighbors who all rave about them.
My husband (who built an addition on our house to hold all of my cookbooks!) and I have three grown children and one grandchild.
-Barbara Nowakowski, North Tonawanda, New York
My husband loves to wake up to a hearty breakfast. I lightened up a traditional pancake recipe I had in my files so we can enjoy the comforting flavor without all the fat and calories. —Fern Motzinger, Omaha, Nebraska
MY MOM told me her mother-in-law showed her how to make this dish, which became popular during the Depression, on their "get acquainted" visit in 1927.
At that time, cooks measured ingredients as pinches, dashes and dibs. But through the years, accurate amounts were noted.
My wife and I continue to enjoy this dish today, particularly for brunch.
-Auton Miller, Piney Flats, Tennessee
When our two college-age sons come home, they request their favorite apple pancake recipe. I especially like to make it in the fall...after my husband and I have purchased our usual 4 bushels of apples!