#5 Potato Pancakes

Lithuanian Potato Pancakes [bulviniai blynai] Noun: a fried, flat cake consisting of potato mixed with spices.

Potato pancakes are a staple part of Lithuanian cuisine. It originates from the 17th century out of necessity for affordable, filling and comforting food. It is now held as a firm favourite that can be found in restaurants around the country. They are served with a variety of toppings including creamy mushroom sauce or stewed apples.

Filling Crispy Comfort food

Serves 2

Pancakes 3 med-large potatoes Juice of half a lemon 1 tbsp Gram Flour Salt & pepper to taste

Mushroom sauce 1 small cup of soy cream 1.5 cup of mushrooms - Sliced 1/2 onion 1 Clove of garlic Salt & pepper Grate the potatoes and add some salt. Let sit for a few minutes as this will help the potato liquid come out. Then squeeze the potatoes using hands or a produce bag to remove the excess liquid.

Put the grated potatoes into a bowl and add in the gram flour, juice of half a lemon and a generous helping of salt & pepper. Stir until combined.

Preheat your oven to 100c. This will keep your pancakes warm whilst you are cooking them. Put a frying or cast iron pan on a medium heat and allow to warm up, adding oil if needed.

Add a large spoonful of the potato mixture into the pan, and use the back of the spoon to press down slightly to create the pancake. Now is where you need to be patient and let it cook for a minimum of 7 minutes. Put a spatula underneath, if it does not want to lift then leave for a few more minutes. When they are ready they will come away from the pan easily.

Once you can get your spatula underneath, flip it over and repeat on the other side. Once finished put in the oven to keep warm. Continue this until all of the potato mixture is gone, and your pancakes are ready. I made 4 medium size pancakes. Creamy Mushroom Sauce Sauté the onions and garlic in a saucepan on a medium heat.

Once softened, add in the sliced mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are lightly browned.

Add in the cream and cook for a few minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Once thickened it is ready to serve over the pancakes.

These are delicious as a main meal or served alongside a bean stew.

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