Monday, September 17, 2007
I'll keep trying
--Swedish Potato Cakes
Swedish Potato Cakes
The New York Times Menu Cookbook Copyright 1966
2 cups hot seasoned mashed potatoes
1 tablespoon finely minced onions
1 tablespoon finely minced dill or parsley I used parsley
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
¼ cup butter
1. Mix the potatoes and egg and beat thoroughly until mixture is fluffy. Blend in the onion, dill and nutmeg and shape into six flat cakes.
2. Heat the butter in a large skillet and brown the cakes until crisp and brown on both sides.
When I was young the mom of my best friend made great potato cakes out of leftover mashed potatoes. Over the years, I've tried replicating her potato cakes but I always end up with a big pile of mush. Now that I'm a much more experienced cook, I thought I would take a stab at these again. Well, once again I got a big pile of mush. A very tasty pile of mush yet mush still the same. My husband usually passes on potatoes (which is why I had leftover mashed potatoes in the first place) but he ate these so I wouldn't call these a failure. An aesthetic failure but not a taste failure. I think I'm just lacking the potato cake gene.
I used the nutmeg here and it worked. I'm always afraid it's going to be overpowering but this small amount enhanced the recipe without taking over. I think my mistake was that my potatoes weren't hot - I thought that would cook the egg immediately but maybe that's what should have happened.
I think there's a way to make the weekend seem longer by coming up with the perfect ratio of busyness versus lazyness. I just wish I knew what that perfect ratio was. I didn't even come close this weekend - I stayed too busy. I still didn't get nearly enough done which is probably why it seems like it went so fast. I managed to squeeze in more cooking than I've been doing on the weekends lately. I've purchased many, many (many!) good cookbooks lately. That combined with the cooler weather just seemed to light a fire under me.
Blast From The Past: Venison Paprika from February 2006. Hunting season starts soon!
Question of the Day: Is there anything that you just can't seem to make right, even though you've tried several times?