Spanish appetizer recipes of the universally popular potato pancakes, enhanced with ham and cheese for a complete meal that can stand on its own. Serve this for breakfast with eggs or as a side dish to meats, fish or vegetables during lunch or dinner healthy recipes. This also makes a satisfying snack. In this recipe, potatoes are boiled in salted water until tender and mashed then mixed with butter, cheese, ham and flour, and seasoned with salt and pepper to make a batter like pancakes or dough. The batter is shaped into patties and fried in the skillet until golden brown.
Ham, cheese and potato pancakes can be enjoyed with condiments like sour cream, cottage cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish, or ketchup. It is also delicious with applesauce, jam, or honey for a sweet version. Instead of ham, you can also use bacon or sausage for this recipe and omit the salt since these ingredients are already salty. You can also make these potato pancakes using leftover mashed potatoes. This also makes a delectable substitute to hash browns and can be served alongside roast chicken, roast turkey, steaks, burgers, grilled meats, and barbecues.
Ingredients: 1 ¼ lb. potatoes, peeled and cubed, 2 tablespoons butter, ¼ cup grated Cheddar cheese, 4 slices ham, chopped, ½ cup all-purpose flour, spray oil, salt, freshly ground pepper
Fill a saucepan with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain. Mash, mixing in the butter and cheese until melted. Add the ham and flour, stirring well. Season with salt and pepper. Shape this “dough” into 8 discs about ½ in. thick. Spray a skillet with oil and cook the potato pancakes for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until golden. Drain on paper towels before serving.
Potato pancakes are a very popular dish around the world especially in Luxembourg, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Austria, Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Persia. They are often served with sausages and hams as well as various cheeses making up a complete meal. In this recipe, the ham and the cheese are already included in the potato patties creating a very flavorful dish. Grated cheddar cheese is used in this recipe for a sharp flavor. The texture of cheddar cheese also helps bind the ingredients together and hold the shape of the patties better when shaped and fried in the pan. You can also use other types of cheese that will not melt easily when fried in a hot pan.