For many, Lent means not eating meat on Fridays. For Orthodox Christians, it means no meat for the entire Lenten period -- 46 days vs. 40 for other Christians. But that doesn't have to mean B-O-R-I-N-G.
When I was a kid, my mother would whip up potato pancakes on meatless days. She made them the Polish way -- crispy and served with granulated sugar.
As I grew up, I was introduced to other versions of potato pancakes -- crispy, thin Jewish latkes infused with onion and garlic, served with applesauce and sour cream, and the puffy variety beloved by Czechs and Bohemians.
But don't think potato pancakes are only for meatless days. They make a perfect accompaniment to pork roast, braised short ribs, just about anything.
Try these potato pancake recipes:
- Polish Potato Pancakes - Placki Kartoflane or Ziemniaczane
- Polish Zucchini-Potato Pancakes Recipe - Cukinia-Ziemniaczane Placki
- Fat-Free Baked Latkes
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