Saturday, December 3, 2011

Eat Them Taters!

That’s something my Uncle Rene used to say to me when I was very little. He was such a loving man, and I miss him so.

I think of him when I make potatoes or use them in recipes. I think he would have liked the pancakes I made this morning for the family. They go like this:

Start with some sweet potatoes, and nuke them in the microwave until soft. I usually cook them on high for 5 minutes at a time, turning them over for each round. When they are done and cooled enough, you simply cut them open and scoop out.

For this recipe you only need one cup. I freeze cooked sweet potatoes in one cup increments for ease of use.

Turn on your griddle to medium low heat on the stove, or electric griddle if you use one. It can begin heating while you measure the ingredients and mix up your batter.

If you are having sausages with the meal, which are a nice accompaniment for pancakes with maple syrup, start cooking them now. One of our favorite varieties is apple maple chicken breakfast sausages.

As usual for products like pancakes, biscuits, and muffins, your dry ingredients will go in the bowl first.

Next you will add your wet ingredients, such as eggs, milk, and the cooked sweet potatoes. You don’t even need to mash the potatoes beforehand; they will mash themselves as you whisk together the batter.

Spray your hot griddle with a vegetable spray, or use a knife to spread on butter or coconut oil. (Yes, I did say spread coconut oil. If you’ve never worked with it, just ask me. I’ll do a blog post on the many coconut products I use sometime too!)

Ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle. The ladle I use is a standard one that holds approximately 1/3 c. and makes 5” pancakes.

When the edges are bubbling, flip the pancakes.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Oh no, wait…..that is what we do for our hair. Refer back to the post from Nov. 30.

Pull off the cooked pancakes and place on a platter.

I usually keep mine covered with a cloth and set in a warm oven (200 degrees or lower) until I am done cooking and ready to dish up.

Serve up the pancakes with plenty of butter and maple syrup, and remember a little syrup on the side to dip your sausages in. ;)

                                                       Sweet Potato Pancakes
                                                            2 c oat flour
                                                            1 c whole wheat flour
                                                            1 tsp salt
                                                            2 TBL baking powder
                                                            1 ½ tsp cinnamon
                                                            ¾ tsp ground cloves
                                                            2 eggs
                                                            2 ½ c milk
                                                            1 c cooked sweet potatoes
Mix dry ingredients together in bowl. Add wet ingredients and whisk well to blend. Ladle onto hot greased griddle and flip when edges bubble. Makes about 10 5" pancakes. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

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