potato pancakes

I was baking pork chops for dinner the other night and absolutely nothing sounded good as a side dish. I rummaged through the freezer and the cupboards and decided to experiment. This is what I came up with. Everyone raved about it and both my husband and son wanted to take it in their lunches the next day!

2 pound pkg. frozen shredded hash browns, thawed

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 cup finely chopped or grated onion

1 TBS. fresh chives or dried equivalent

Olive oil

3 cups powdered pancake mix (the add only water kind) with enough water added to make a medium thick batter

Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

In pan, sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add hash browns and brown well on both sides (should take only a view minutes) adding more olive oil if needed to keep from sticking in pan. Pour into pancake batter and stir. Add chives, salt, and pepper. On hot griddle spray vegetable spray. Using half cup of batter per pancake, bake until browned, flip and brown other side. Keep warm in oven until ready to serve. Offer butter or apple sauce along with pork chops. This made about 18 pancakes.

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