Gigli & latkes

by | Mar 21, 2017 | Food

on  I thought I’d try something different. I’m a writer, but it seemed like maybe my blog posts were too long and involved and didn’t give the opportunity for feedback, so my posts will be shorter and, well, different. Here’s the first, tell me what you think below. What do the long dead opera singer Beniamino Gigli and latkes(potato) pancakes have in common? My dad loved loved both and I learned to love them too. During the holidays my dad would put one of his two albums on the hi-fi ( it wasn’t called a stereo in my house) he had a choral album that had Handel’s Messiah on it or he would plat Gigli. Gigli was a tenor, and so was Dad. His favorite opera was Tosca and Gigi’s rendition of Recondita Armonia is among the best. Gigli later fell out of favor, but I will never forget listening to my dad sing along with Gigli. Pure, clear, strong, joyful. Then there’s the potato pancakes. I’ll bet you’re wondering how they figure into it. Dad didn’t cook much, there were a few things he did exceptionally well. Any kind of pancake, potato or otherwise, and the best chestnut stuffing I’ve ever had. We ate potato pancakes with sour cream or applesauce on top. When my son was in high school, I made Dad show me the secret to his crisp lovely, brown, pancakes. I had my son help us so we could learn together and pass it down, a memory I will forever cherish. In his honor, I listened to Gigli while making potato pancakes. and I put my spin on it. One of dad’s secret’s is to use shredded potatoes, not mashed.  He was right,I like the texture better. I made mini pancakes, fried in very hot oil to get them brown. It’s another secret. You have to fry them baked won’t work. Two gifts from Dad I’ll never forget. Here’s a pic of my Latkes. Are there gifts of music, recipes, hobbies, that your parents gave to you please share. Recipe for six mini potato pancakes double the recipe if you want a dozen: 3 potatoes peeled and grated 1T flour 1/8 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg oil for pan combine. Drop by spoonful into HOT pan. Cook until golden brown  on both sides serve with applesauce and sour cream.