Mashed Potato Pancakes with Chives and Cheese


These potato pancakes are delicious! And with just few ingredients it’s really simple and easy to make.This recipe is perfect to use left over mashed potatoes or you can cook up fresh mashed potatoes.I like to make them with fresh chives and cheddar cheese, coated with breadcrumbs for crispiness,pan fried and served with a dollop of sour cream.


Loaded Baked Potato Soup

What can be more satisfying on a cold winter day then a comforting creamy bowl of soup.
This soup is very delicious and calorific at the same time. One of my families favorite soups. I like to add kale to this soup, a little something nutritious,but its totally optional.For vegetarians you can substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth and omit bacon.
7 potatoes or 3-4 baking potatoes (baked,peeled and cubed)
3 apple wood smoked bacon
1/2 onion chopped
1 carrot peeled,and cut into rounds
1 celery stalk chopped
7 cups chicken broth( for homemade recipe below)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2/3 sour cream
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon oil
4-5 green onions sliced plus more for garnish
1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
salt & pepperOther optional ingredients:
Hot sauce
Chopped kale, broccoli(steamed), or cauliflower (steamed.

For garnish:
sliced green onions
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
crispy potato skins

Chicken broth:
Fill a big cooking pot with water.Bring water to a boil.Rinse the chicken and place it in the boiling water.Add onion,carrots,bay leaves and about 1 tablespoon of salt (I use Himalayan pink salt, you might need more or less with other types).
Bring it to boil again and reduce to low. Cover with lid but not all the way.Let it cook for about 2 hours.Check for salt and add more if needed.

In a dutch oven or other pot,heat oil and butter on medium heat.
Add onions and garlic.Saute onions for 4-5 minutes and add carrots and celery.
while that’s cooking….

In a frying pan, cook bacon until brown and crisp.
Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towel.
Crumble the bacon into pieces.

Add flour to the pot with vegetables and stir well.
Gradually,add broth by drips at first and stir until smooth.
Take a little amount of broth (about 1/2 cup) from the pot and carefully add to sour cream.
Throw in the potatoes,bacon and green onions.
Add cream.
Cook for about 8-10 minutes.
Carefully add sour cream and cheese.
Season with salt and pepper as needed.
Throw in any other optional ingredients listed above and remove from heat.
Serve in a soup bowl with optional ingredients listed above.


Russian Potato Piroshki

Traditional potato Piroshki with caramelized onion and fresh dill are authentic Russian food that is still celebrated the most.Its a hand pie out of fluffy soft dough and potato,caramelized onion, and dill filling.

This soft and fluffy dough recipe for piroshki comes from my mom. When making food like piroshki,pelmeni,manti or vareniki, we like to get together with mom and sisters at her house and make them together and just talk and drink some tea or coffee. The time runs much faster especially with pelmeni and vareniki and it brings so much childhood memories when we always used to make them with mom when growing up.

Dough recipe:
2 cups warm milk
4 cups + 8 heaping tablespoons flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon yeast
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar

In a medium bowl whisk together 1 cup warm milk,1/4 teaspoon salt,sugar,yeast, and 8 tablespoons flour.

Cover and set a side for about 10 minutes.It should rise and be foamy.

While it’s rising, In a large mixing bowl whisk or use a hand mixer to mix 1 cup warm milk,sour cream, oil, eggs,salt.
Add 2 1/2 cups flour and mix/whisk.
Add the foamy yeast mixture.

Mix/whisk and add the rest of the flour and mix carefully.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the warmest area. I like to cover it with a blanket on top to keep it warm and rise quicker. It should double in size.( about 1 hour)

Potato filling with mushroom:
5 potatoes peeled and cooked in salted water
1 med or 2 small onions chopped
1 stick butter (118 grams)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups dry shiitake mushrooms soaked in boiling water,drained and cut in pieces.
salt and black pepper
2 tablespoon finely chopped dill(optional)

Heat a saute pan on med-high heat.
Add olive oil and butter.
When butter melts add onions.
Saute onions until they will have a caramel color.
Add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
Add dill if desired.

* Omit mushrooms if you don’t like them.

Steps in making Piroshki:
Note: The dough will be sticky, I like to apply oil on my hands so the dough won’t stick to them.

Cut a piece of dough in size of tennis ball and place it on well floured board or surface.
Using your fingers stretch the dough a little.
Place about 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of filling.

Carefully pinch the sides together.

Place it on well floured board or baking pan seam side down. Continue with the rest of the dough.

Heat a frying pan with lots of oil on med-high heat.

Place piroshki seam side down and deep fry piroshki in batches turning them over once.
Line a large plate or a bowl with paper towel and place fried piroshki to drain.

If you like garlic then here is another step for you;
Melt about 2 tablespoons salted butter with 7-8 crushed garlic.
*You can also use olive oil or a combination of both.
And either dip your pirozhok in the garlic and butter or
mix piroshki in a bowl with garlic and butter.
I know it’s much more calories but it’s so good!