Friday, December 2, 2011


Otherwise known as "fluffy mashed potato pancakes".
These were fun to make and fun to eat ~

Per Nana:

I made the matafan for dinner to serve
with Italian sausage and a green salad.
Two russet potatoes baked on a layer of  Kosher salt
 for 1-1/2 hours and then put through a ricer.
 I normally use my microwave for baked potatoes, but I
 followed Dorie's directions and really did enjoy the
way these turned out.  

After mixing all the ingredients together,  I covered
 the bowl and let it rest in the fridge until dinner time.

We liked the texture of the fluffy pancakes,  the flavor was tasty,
and I used a little applesauce on the side.  I think I would prefer
a little bit of onion flavor in these pancakes and I just might
try that sometime.

All things said, this is a nice recipe but next time
I would make blini size pancakes as an appetizer
and serve them with sour cream and caviar.  (Ha Ha)

Per Tricia
We love potatoes in this household it was going
to be a long shot for this recipe to fail. 
While tempted to"nuke" the potatoes, I did follow the
directions and roasted them instead.  I was curious to see
the impact of using a bed of sea salt.   It definitely did
 absorb the moisture - see photo of salt where potato rested.

 The ricer was fun to use as well and between it and
 the whipped egg whites,
 the two potatoes really expanded in volume.

The fried pancakes smelled lovely and tasted great.  They were
 a bit on the plain side but as Dorie suggested, there are a
 myriad of ways to enjoy them.  My husband and younger
son tested them and were very pleased - they immediately
started coming up with ideas on how else to enjoy them,
 including creating an "eggs Benedict" type dish where the
Matafan would be used in lieu of the English Muffins.

  I told them I had to clean the kitchen first......:)

PS- I had to share a shot of the wonderful FFWD corn soup Nana
made over the Thanksgiving holiday. We knew when we
 made it the first time that we would re-do it over turkey day
and it did not disappoint. 

We paired it with plain old grilled cheese sandwiches. 
The key was that I got the bread before I left Philly,
from the "Le Bus" bakery store. 

 It was their "Pullman White" loaf and I can not rave
enough about how this bread works in grilled cheese. 
 My entire family was RAVING about it and declared
the simple meal to be one of the best ones ever.  
And I did not even have to separate egg yolks...


  1. Nana and Tricia, Both of your matafan looks delicious. What a great idea to serve an egg on top of the that would be yummy! And I love the corn soup. Have a great weekend!

  2. I love the idea of using these instead of English muffins in eggs benedict! I wish I had some leftover so I could give it a try!

  3. I love all your ideas. You ladies have done a marvelous job with these foods. I can just taste your Italian sausage. We miss that kind of food here in AZ. We get it but not like you get it...the really good stuff. Your matafans, soup, sandwiches, etc look so good. It all makes me hungry again.

  4. Oooh... the Monday announcement kept me from getting to these until tomorrow and I was seriously contemplating using technology to get through the potato part. Great minds. Now I'm not so sure. I do try to be a purist though... and I have a great hollandaise recipe itching to get made again... hmm...

  5. I have to say, an eggs Benedict type dish with these pancakes sounds really good! Glad you both liked these.

  6. Both of your matafan look delicious, but I think I'm leaning towards that grilled cheese more!

  7. Your matafan pics look great!
    I liked mine blini sized as well Nana!
    And Tricia I think the men in your house have a serving suggestion!

    That corn soup looks delicious! And who can resist grilled cheese sandwiches!

  8. I totally cheated on the potato preparation :-)
    But these were really good pancakes & have a lot of options.
    Soup & grilled cheese is always a great idea - especially when you have the perfect bread and amazing soup to dunk it all in.
    Have a nice weekend, ladies.

  9. Nice job ladies and I LOVE that you though about using these for eggs benedict. Now I will too :)

  10. Oh,I bet a runny egg would be great on these! Thanks for the idea.

    And those grilled cheese made my mouth water, one of my all time favorite comfort foods.

  11. What a great idea to use these for Eggs Benedict! It's so interesting to see how everyone served these.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  12. Your pancakes, soup and grilled cheese all look delicious! Love the eggs benedict idea.

  13. What a great post! I agree that the matafan are a great blank canvas for mix-ins and toppings. Tricia's look especially light and pretty. I love the soup and sandwich combo.

  14. Everything looks like it turned out great and I love you idea of using these as the base for egg Benedict creations. Awesome.

  15. I love the matafan benedict idea...and the bread looks great! Wonder if you can buy that bread out in the burbs.

  16. Yum, yum! Everything looks delectable. I agree that a few add-ins would be terrific in these little jewels. Hope you had a terrific Turkey day!!

  17. Both matafan and pairings look delectable! Great job!