Loaded Potato Pancakes

I’m sorry things have been a little quiet on the blog lately. My beloved grandmother that you’ve heard about quite a lot if you’re a regular reader, passed away at the age of 104. I wish everyone could have met her. She truly was the most amazing woman I have ever known. She had the most beautiful laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. Even when her body was ailing and she had difficulty seeing and hearing, she still was able to crack jokes and sing and laugh. She was incredibly kind and generous and she loved her family. Strangers were drawn to her. My grandfather passed away in 1990 and Grandma and I became traveling buddies after his passing. We traveled to Lake Tahoe, Carmel, San Diego and even Las Vegas. I would take her to the Estee Lauder counter at the mall and the ladies behind the counter would see her coming and would leave the counter and come up and hug her. She lived with my aunt and uncle and cousins for the last 10 years where she was happy and very well cared for. She never wanted to move to a nursing home and I’m so grateful that they made sure she never had to. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 13. We miss her, but are grateful for her long, beautiful life.

I was able to travel to California to attend her 104th (and final, as it turns out) birthday. We had a big party for her and my cousin made this poster and we posted this photo on Facebook and grandma went viral! Her birthday was in September and I’m still getting notes from friends that they see her photo in their newsfeed to this day. You may have even come across grandma in your own newsfeed. Last time I checked, she had 1.5 million likes. She’s the cutest and I miss her so much!

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Ok, enough about grandma. This is a food blog, after all. I just thought since I have talked about her so much, that you should know that she’s now with her heavenly father and her loved ones that went before her.

Today’s recipe is my Loaded Potato Pancakes. They are substantial enough that you can eat them for breakfast and feel completely satisfied. They are a combination of a loaded baked potato and a hash brown. They are a decadent treat, definitely not to be served every weekend, but they are a very tasty splurge for a special occasion.

Like all good things, they start with crispy bacon. My favorite bacon is the center cut bacon. It’s a lot leaner than regular bacon, but tastes a lot better than turkey bacon. Turkey bacon is ok, but it’s not bacon. It’s something else. Sometimes you just have got to have real bacon and center cut bacon doesn’t have nearly as much fat. This pan has six slices of bacon in it and I haven’t drained off any fat and as you can see, there is very little grease in the pan.

Bacon in Pan

You can use frozen shredded potatoes for this recipe (just make sure you thaw them), but I like to use fresh potatoes. They cost next to nothing and take no time at all to peal and shred. I just shred them with a box grater. Using fresh ingredients whenever possible not only saves you money, but you know exactly what you are putting into your body and fresh always tastes better!

After the bacon is cooked and the potatoes are prepared, all you need to do is toss all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix them up and then cook the pancakes in the same skillet you cooked the bacon in. These loaded potato pancakes are loaded with bacon, cheese, green onions, sharp cheddar cheese and eggs. All good things!

Potato Pancakes in Pan

Look at those beauties sizzling away in the skillet. They are lightly fried in a small amount of olive oil. Be sure to drain them on a paper towel and serve them with a dollop of sour cream. If you like things a little on the spicy side, you can add some minced jalapeño pepper or a little bit of Tabasco sauce. They also reheat well for a quick weekday breakfast.

I hope you will give this recipe a try and come back and leave a comment and let me know how you liked it. Be sure to snap a photo and tag #ketchumkitchen on Social Media so that I can see your creation. Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me.

Loaded Potato Pancakes

Yield: 8-10 Pancakes

Loaded Potato Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3 Russet potatoes, washed, pealed and shredded
  • 4 Slices center-cut bacon, cooked, drained and roughly chopped
  • 3 Green onions, thinly sliced (both whites and greens)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbl flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Sour cream for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat up a thin layer of olive oil in a large skillet. Just use the same skillet you cooked the bacon in and use the bacon drippings combined with the oil for extra flavor.
  • Meanwhile, mix all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until combined. Take a half cup of the potato mixture and gently place in the oil and cook until browned on both sides - approximately 6 minutes per side, depending on your stove.
  • Drain on a paper towel before serving.
  • Garnish with sour cream and serve warm.
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