Cooking Fail – German Potato Pancakes

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After seeing how much my wife enjoyed them at the christkindlemarket, I wanted to make some at home. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

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I stared out with two russet potatoes and peeled them. I usually hate peeling potatoes. This was no exception.

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I needed to shred the potatoes, so I initially thought I would use my box grater. But I hate using that thing. Cleaning it is obnoxious. So, I used a mandolin.

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Unfortunately, of the six different blade options, none of them gave me a size shred that I wanted. Oh, well. Whatya gonna do.

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Then, I wanted to make a batter for the pancakes. Some recipes I researched just put the potatoes with some onions in a skillet. But the pancakes from the christkindlemarket had a distinct batter to them. So, I decided to add about a quarter cup of milk, quarter cup of flour, and a tablespoon of baking soda. This really didn’t work out. The batter ended up looking like olive oil based potato salad, which always sounds appetizing but also always disappoints.

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At this point, I started frying the potatoes. Some of them looked better than others. Most of them had undercooked batter, which made them mushy. I was not hoping for mushy.

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At the christkindlemarket, they served the potato pancakes with applesauce. And, since I’m fancy, we have walmart brand applesauce. Also, I heated up some sauerkraut because my wife loves warm sauerkraut. This was true even before she got pregnant, if you can believe that.

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I served these up with some weiner schnitzel. The potatoes were mushy and flavorless. If anything, they tasted like oil. Fortunately, the pork was really good.

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