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Bacon & Potato Breakfast Cakes.

I really like potato pancakes. Growing up, every Sunday, after church one of two things would happen. Either my grandpa would cook breakfast, which meant we were going to Big Boys for their buffet breakfast, or my dad would cook breakfast, which meant silver dollar pancakes, sausage, eggs, and potato pancakes! Those potato pancakes, while very nostalgic, came from a box. They were more like baby oatmeal than potato. Nonetheless, they sealed the deal for my love of the dish.

As I got older and moved out of the house, I began experimenting with using fresh shredded potatoes for breakfast dishes like hash browns, and eventually, potato pancakes. Shredded potato pancakes are amazing, completely different than the boxed potato meal pancakes. They have the same prevalent potato flavor with all of the benefit of the fried potato texture. What I like best about fresh shredded potato pancakes is that you can add whatever you want to them. Often for breakfast we eat bacon, eggs and potatoes. Sometimes it gets boring so I like to mix it up. This dish combines the potato and bacon in a new way. When served with a fried, yolky egg, it becomes a whole new experience!

Bacon & Potato Breakfast Cakes. Makes 8-10 cakes.

Ingredients

3 slices of bacon

2 medium potatoes (I used caribe, but Russet or Yukon gold would work as well)

1/4 onion, finely chopped (I used red)

1 green onion, chopped

1/2 t kosher salt

1/4 fresh ground black pepper

3 T flour

1 egg

oil of choice for frying

Process

Cook bacon over medium heat in a large skillet. Reserve fat in skillet until you ready to fry the cakes. Chop the bacon into small pieces.

Shred potatoes and combine them with bacon, onions, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add flour and mix to combine. Add egg and mix until all ingredients are equally dispersed. Heat bacon fat over medium heat and add oil until the entire bottom of the skillet is covered. Add 1/4 cup scoops of potato mixture and cook 5 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Continue adding oil as needed during the cooking process. Serve cakes with yolky fried eggs or other breakfast accompaniments.

Enjoy!

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Kohlrabi Fritters.

This is one of my favorite ways to prepare kohlrabi and every year about this time, I get to make it! Kohlrabi is one of my favorite spring garden items. It is the most interesting and rewarding vegetable and it is not something I grew up with. This year we ventured into purple kohlrabi, it is so vibrant and lovely too look at, tasty too.

There are a lot of applications of use for kohlrabi, salads, pickles, shredded like cabbage….and I swear that one day (likely this year because of the over abundance of these little gems that I planted) I will venture away from the fritter and make something else. But for now, for my first kohlrabi of the year, I make fritters!

Ingredients (makes 10 appetizer sized fritters)

1 small kohlrabi

1 medium yukon gold potato

1 T chives, thinly chopped

1 egg

3 T flour

1 T milk

Salt and pepper

Oil for frying

Peel the kohlrabi and grate. Grate potato and mix with kohlrabi in medium mixing dish. Add chives and egg and mix to combine. Add flour and milk to make a caky batter. Season with salt and pepper. Heat oil to medium-high heat in large skillet. When oil bubbles when you flick water at it add the fritters, one heaping spoonful at a time. Flatten a little so the fritter is flat not round.

Fry each fritter for 4-5 minutes on each side. Just check the doneness and turn when brown. If they are browning too fast turn your heat down. Drain on paper towel (this is when you want to salt them if you are going to again) and serve with sour cream or whatever your favorite dipping sauce might be!

Enjoy!

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