Do you love potato pancakes but hate the thought of grating potatoes? Once in a while I like to make this as a quick meal. But I have found a really nice work around on that messy grating. At Walmart, I found in the dairy case, packaged grated potatoes. Being a skeptic, I wasn't sure what they would be like, but they were surprisingly good and so easy to use. No messy grating! We like our potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream. If I feel really ambitious, I make homemade applesauce, but usually resort to the good old Mott's Naturally Sweetened Applesauce. I found a really neat recipe that is a take on all of this and gave it a try. OH YUM! The recipes call for the apples to be cut into matchstick size, and you use this in place of applesauce. The flavor is phenomenal. When I served this, I dolloped a little low-fat cottage cheese on top and sprinkled with cinnamon. I made a couple of omelet sized pancakes. These were awesome!
Apple and Potato Hash Browns
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
1/2 cup thickly sliced sweet onion
1 pkg. fresh grated has brown potatoes
1 tsp cinnamon
In large skillet, heat 1 tsp oil over medium-high heat.
Add apple and onion and cook until soft (about 4 minutes). For this step, I made sure the onions were pretty thin and I stated cooking them first so they started to caramelize a bit.
Remove and set aside in a covered bowl and keep warm.
Add 1 Tbsp oil to skillet.
Spread potatoes in pan in an even layer and press them down lightly with a spatula.
Cook until golden brown on the bottom (about 5 minutes).
Drizzle with remaining oil and flip potatoes. Cook for about 5 more minutes.
Top potatoes with warm apple-onion mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon, salt and pepper to taste.