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Raggmunk - Swedish Potato Pancakes

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Raggmunk

Swedish potato pancakes with fried bacon and berries

photo ©Kari Diehl, licensed to About.com
Swedish potato pancakes, or raggmunk, are most often served with thick slices of fried pork or bacon and lingonberries. Be sure to use slightly aged, mealy potatoes (like Russets) for this recipe; new potatoes are too full of water for the pancakes to hold together well.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 slices thick bacon
  • 6 medium potatoes (mealy potatoes grown in dry soil, like Idaho Russets)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. salt

Preparation:

Fry the bacon in large frying pan over medium heat until crisp, then transfer slices to paper towel to remove excess grease. Drain off all but 1 Tbsp. of bacon fat from pan.

Whisk together the milk, egg, flour, and salt into a thin batter. Peel and then coarsely grate potatoes directly into batter. Stir to combine (Note: if batter seems thin, add additional flour in tablespoon increments until mixture holds together and is the consistency of thick yogurt).

Raise heat under frying pan to medium-high. Use a 1/4-cup measuring scoop to pour batter into small pancakes, about three inches in diameter; press each one lightly with spatula to spread thin and then fry quickly in bacon fat until golden, flipping once. Remove and place between sheets of paper toweling until ready to serve.

Serve with bacon and lingonberries, cranberry sauce, or any other whole-berry preserve.

Yield: 25-30 Swedish potato pancakes

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