The Adventures of Shirley’s Spuds it’s hashbrowns today

I do love a good potato. Baked, fried, hash browned, pancaked, twice baked, curried, boiled, YUM! They all have a place on my plate because they can be crispy and soft, mild flavored or boldly spiced. Would you like to join me as I share my spud secrets? See my first recipe, potato pancakes, here.

It’s hashbrowns for breakfast today or any meal will do.

Recipe:

Peel and grate 1 russet potato per person.

Heat about 2 tablespoons per potato of frying liquid in an appropriately sized pan. One potato fits in an 8 inch skillet or 2 potatoes fit in a 10 inch skillet. I used Ghee today and olive oil works too.

The oil needs to sizzle before adding the grated potato. Add all the potatoes at once. Flatten to a patty shape to fill the pan to about 1/2 inch depth.

Fry 3-4 minutes per side. Flip when the edges are brown. Do a peek under to ensure the entire patty is brown before flipping. We want a nice, crispy patty!

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I top with Penzey’s Seasoned Salt. And that’s the recipe! There are no leftovers because I make just what we can eat in one meal. Because, you know, the crispy patty turns to mushy patty in the frig.

Hope you enjoyed today’s installment of  The Adventures of Shirley’s Spuds!

Super Awesome Spud Maker Shirley

 

The Adventures of Shirley’s Spuds aka what’s for dinner

I do love a good potato. Baked, fried, hash browned, pancaked, twice baked, curried, boiled, YUM! They all have a place on my plate because they can be crispy and soft, mild flavored or boldly spiced. Would you like to join me as I share my spud secrets?

A good recipe takes some planning and cooking time. As a collective community, many of us are home bound and have the time now to explore in the kitchen. As a bonus, spuds are cheap. I just snagged a 10 pound bag of russets for $3.50.

I love crispy potatoes so decided on potato pancakes for my first recipe. Actually, I got the idea to share my spud secrets while I was making french fries a few nights ago. Yes, you can make french fries at home. They are so good piping hot out of the oven! I’ll feature those in an upcoming post. Now back to the potato pancakes recipe.

Recipe:

4 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated

1/2 cup grated onion

1 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1-2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Peel and grate the potatoes. I use a Kitchenaid stand mixer with the grater attachment. A box grater using the largest grate opening works too. Grate the onion using the same method.

Toss the grated mixture with 1 teaspoon salt.

Let the potatoes, onion and salt sit in a colander while you are preparing the rest of the dinner, about 15 minutes. The potatoes need to drain liquid so they fry with minimum grease spatter and turn crispy. Use a paper or clean linen towel to ring out the last remaining liquid and/or to speed up the draining process. Discard the drained liquid.

The drained mixture is next mixed with 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Add more or less flour depending on how wet the potato mixture is prior to adding the egg.

This photo shows the ingredients just prior to mixing the egg. Those 4 potatoes in the background will turn into baked potatoes today with homemade french onion dip, YUM. Now back to the current recipe…

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Now heat a large skillet with at least 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or the fry oil of your choice. There will be 2 fry batches using my 11 inch skillet. So I want all the oil in the pan from the start to fry both batches.

Be patient and wait for the oil to sizzle. Test the oil by flinging a few droplets of water from your fingertips into the oil. If the droplets jump, then the pan is hot. The oil should be shimmering too.

Now drop about 1/3 cup portions into the hot oil and flatten. If a sizzle sound is not heard, the oil is not hot enough. So wait a few seconds before continuing adding to the pan. Leave space between the mounds, enough to reach under with a flipper. Flip when the edges start to brown. Do a peek under to ensure the entire patty is brown before flipping. We want a nice, crispy patty! It should be only a few minutes of cooking on each side if your oil is hot enough.

Work quick after addition to the pan starts. So have the rest of the meal ready or enlist your house mates to time the rest of the meal so you can enjoy the hot, crispy potato pancakes with your other dishes.

We enjoyed cilantro topped crispy tuna quinoa bites on lettuce wraps with the potato pancakes. I’ll share those in another post as some point. I did not take prep photos of that dish. But it might be something you would like to try. They are crispy and delicious too:)

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The second best part about this recipe is that there are leftovers. The recipe makes enough for 4 people. I pair the leftover pattys with fruit and tea for a quick breakfast. My tea blend lately is mint and fennel with a sparse portion of Thai basil since my basil stock is almost out.

Hope you enjoyed my first Adventures of Shirley’s Spuds!

Super Awesome Spud Maker Shirley

 

Ink, Stamp and Share Blog Hop Honey Bee

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Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fabulous Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. This month, we are featuring products from the Spring mini-catalog. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Cindy’s blog and her fabulous project.

I have enrolled in a Beekeeper Program for 2020 and look forward to learning how to keep a hive happy. So I knew I was going to be adding the Honey Bee Bundle to my stash as quick as I could! I also have a stash of the coordinating Sale-A-Bration designer series paper too;)

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The little honeycombs that were cut using the die were attached to the upper left corner using a tiny dot of tombo green glue. Sponged crushed curry ink in a diagonal over the front to add depth.

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the supplies used…

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Please add a comment to let me know what you like about my honey bees design.

Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Kate Bolt’s blog to see what fabulous project she designed.

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Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.

Sandra Roberts

Laura Mackie

Sue McDonald

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Kate Bolt

Rochelle Laird-Smith

Jo Blackman

Tricia Butts

Stacey Marsh

Gez Carpenter

Sue Allen

Kristie Meeker Wilson

If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Ink, Stamp and Share Blog Hop Fall is Coming!

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Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fabulous Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. This month, we are featuring products that demonstrators could order from the fall/holiday catalog before the catalog went live to customers. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Rebecca’s blog and her fabulous project.

Linen thread and a laser cut Bird Balled card base frame Come to Gather suite products featured on page 47 of the holiday catalog.

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inside of the card…

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the supplies used…

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Please add a comment with how many of the laser cut Bird Ballad tins you will be ordering!

Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Anastasia Radloff’s blog to see what fabulous project she designed.

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Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.

Laura Mackie

Sandra Roberts

Linda Handford

Liz Yuille

Rochelle Laird-Smith

Stacey Marsh

Tricia Butts

Sandrine Jse

Melissa Tennison

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Rebecca Jo-Unwin

Shirley Merker

Anastasia Radloff

Janey Backer

Margriet Siekman

 

 

If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Ink, Stamp and Share Blog Hop Fancy Folds

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Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fabulous Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. This month, we are featuring fancy folds. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Linda Handford’s blog and her fabulous project.

Here is my design…it’s a Z fold! I’ll let the photos explain how to create this fold.

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Score each half sheet as directed below.

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Fold on score lines and attach to a 5 1/2 and 4 1/4 inch Pool Party base.

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the supplies used…

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Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Stacey Marsh’s blog to see what fabulous project she designed.

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Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.

Laura Mackie

Pia Gerhardt

Sandra Roberts

Tricia Butts

Linda Handford

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Stacey Marsh

Michelle Bryant

Janey Backer

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Anastasia Radloff

Melissa Tennison

Deb Naylor

Jo Blackman

If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley