Originally uploaded by Pookiefatcat.
I first learend how to make these when I worked at the Movenpick Marche in Toronto. They are really easy but very good.
3 medium potatoes
Salt and Pepper
Boil the potatoes whole and let them cool completely. (I do this part the night before) Peel and grate the cooled potatoes. Season the potato threads with salt and pepper.
Heat two pans with butter over medium heat. Add the potato and shape into pancakes. You need to press the potato together to compact it so it wont fall apart. Cook until the bottoms of the pancakes are golden brown and crispy. This takes a lot longer than you would think.
Now you get to flip. With years of practice I can do the wrist flip and have them end up in one peice. Of course you can slide them out onto a plate and flip the plate. It's easier but leaves you with another plate to wash. If any bits have come loose just push them back.
You might want to add a bit more butter to make the edges really crispy. Cook until it's all golden and crispy.
We had these the simple way with just sourcream and green onions. But they go well with bacon or eggs or sausage and they have a particular affinity for smoked salmon.