Sometimes simple is better

Photo of a potato pancakeWe rarely eat potatoes, so when we have them it is important that they are perfectly cooked.  In this case, we wanted something to have with a salad for dinner and since we had a few potatoes on hand, we turned to the very basic potato pancake.  With just four or five potatoes (red in this instance), some olive oil, and salt and pepper, you can create something this lovely that tastes terrific.  This really isn’t a recipe, but as simple to execute as it is, a dish we should think of a little more often.

Peel and grate potatoes on large holes of a box grater (best done on a cutting board with an edge).  Squeeze as much liquid from the grated potatoes as possible.  Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet, add grated potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Push the potatoes into a circular shape with a spatula, and cook over medium-low heat for ~15 minutes.  Resist the urge to cook this quickly…   Place a plate on top of the pancake, carefully turn pan over so that the pancake is on the plate, then slide the pancake (uncooked side down) back into the pan.  We should have taken a video of this process which looks somewhat terrifying, but works very well.  Continue to cook the pancake for another 15 minutes.  At that point, you can check the internal temperature with a kitchen thermometer and if it is at 210 Fahrenheit, you are probably ready to slide it out of the pan.  The result should be a crispy crust on the outside and creamy, perfectly cooked potatoes on the inside.