There were six apples in the refrigerator. Whenever apples get to that place that you really don't want to just bite into one, I usually use them in some kind of dish. One of our favorites is Apples, Onions and Chicken baked in the oven. This time I wanted something different. I decided to make Homemade Apple Sauce.
I took the apples, peeled, cored and chopped them. I placed the apples in a pot with 1 cup of water and 3/4 teaspoons of cinnamon. I set the timer for 20 minutes over a medium heat, covered. Stir the apples and keep watch for when the mixture starts to boil. Uncover the pot and allow the apples to soften. After the time, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let cool slightly and then mash with a potato masher. The consistency is up to you. We like our Apple Sauce a bit chunky and unsweetened. I suppose you can add sugar to taste.
We eat the Apple Sauce as a dessert or for a topping. We chose to make Potato Pancakes. The combination was delicious.
Potato Pancakes was a dish my mother would make when I was growing up. The traditional way is to grate the potatoes, with a box grater and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Another thing about Potato Pancakes is the ingredients are items you have in the pantry. I didn't have to run to the store for fancy ingredients.
- 4 medium potatoes; peeled and grated
- 1 onion; sliced or grated
- 1 egg
- 2-4 tablespoons flour (start with 2, then add one at a time but no more than 4 total)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Black pepper to taste
I used 8 small potatoes probably equal to the 4 medium. As I peeled the potatoes, I kept them in a bowl with water. This helps prevent from browning.
With a box grater over a cotton cloth, I grated the potatoes.
When the grating was finished, I took the potatoes in the cloth to the sink. I squeezed out as much liquid as possible. Then I put the potatoes in a bowl and incorporated the rest of the ingredients.
I then heated a large frying pan with Canola oil over medium-high heat. I dropped a spoonful of the potato mixture into the pan and flattened slightly. Fry the pancakes until golden brown on each side.
Here you have the Potato Pancakes with Homemade Apple Sauce, served with a salad wrap. It was a light and very delicious lunch. Enjoy!