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1 medium onion, peeled
4 large Idaho [or Yukon Gold if you prefer] potatoes 3.5 lbs peeled
2 large eggs
2 T flour
6 T vegetable oil
6 T unsalted butter


It's very simple, really, just grated potatoes and onions, with egg and flour to hold it together on the baking sheets or skillet.

Preheat your oven to 200°. Put 2 nonstick baking sheets in oven. Now coarsely grate the onion and put it into a colander in the sink to drain. [Wash your hands in cold water to keep down the tears!] Coarsely grate the potatoes and add to the onions in the colander and let it all drain together.

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs lightly and whisk in the flour. Squish down the potatoes and onions with a wooden spoon to remove as much liquid as you can. Then add the mixture fo the egg/flour combination. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Use wooden spoon or hands [I wear rubber gloves] to mix it well, but don't over mix it.

In a heavy 12" skillet, over medium heat, heat 1 T oil and 1 T butter until hot but not smoking. Drop barely 1/4 C portions of potato mixture into the pan and flatten with a spatula for shape four 3" pancakes. Fry these until the bottoms are golden-brown, 4-5 minutes, then flip over and do the same to the other side. Transfer to paper towels to drain; season with salt and pepper. Keep warm on baking sheets in oven while making all the pancakes to serve at once. Wipe the pan out with a paper towel between batches to keep the fry surface fresh. Add 1T oil and 1T butter for each batch. Serve hot with applesauce, sour cream or maple syrup.

You can make it a complete meal by also serving sausage or bacon.

This recipe reminds me of a fabulous community get-together where Helen Uhlig, of Arcadia, MI, would make potato pancakes and invite the entire Cottage Colony there, along Lake Michigan. Every family would bring a dish. Mrs. Uhlig was a wonderful cook, and the braid wrapped around her head added to the mystic of this woman who modeled the gift of hospitality. Her husband invented the IronRite Mangle, an ironing device used to press sheets and shirts and tablecloths. He died early in his career, but she lived to be over 100. She served these with a side of homemade applesauce [which my mother would bring] and maple syrup from local trees.

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