Squash & Potato Pancakes With Homemade Applesauce

I found this yummy recipe in Jennifer Carden’s The Toddler Cafe – fast, healthy, and fun ways to feed even the pickiest eater. My beautiful sister (in law) gifted this book to us for fun ideas even though our daughter is a pretty adventurous eater – she’ll try just about anything. I made a few adjustments to the recipe and will indicate where.

One 10-ounce box frozen squash, thawed (I used peeled and shredded small yellow summer squash and small zucchini – sauteed until soft, strained and liquid reserved).

1 beaten egg

1/4 C all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat)

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp sugar (I didn’t use)

1 tsp baking powder

8 ounces frozen hash-brown potatoes, semi-thawed (about 10 minutes out of freezer – next time I will try shredded sweet potatoes)

vegetable oil for frying

applesauce for serving (I made quickly while squash was sauting – just 3 tart apples – organic Pink Lady and Granny Smith, steamed then blended in food processor. I added some of the squash liquid to thin the applesauce.

In a large bowl, mix cooled squash with beaten egg.  Next add in flour, salt, sugar, baking powder.  Add shredded potatoes and stir.  Heat nonstick pan over medium heat and add just enough oil to to cover bottom of pan (I used sparingly and worked fine). Jennifer suggests portioning out about 2 Tb mixture into pan and fry on each side until browned (it’s a good idea to press mixture with spatula to thin out). Remove and drain on paper towel.

2 Comments on “Squash & Potato Pancakes With Homemade Applesauce”

  1. David says:

    love the photos!

  2. barbara says:

    YUM!!!! can i just say i love love love the last photo, with that little sweetheart’s hand dunking away in the applesauce. and can i also say sooo emphatically, i love the care and attention and intelligence and heart you put into the feeding of ella. i am hard-pressed to think of a calling more honorable than the nurturing of a child. and it is forever a flummox to me (i made up the use of that word) that it seems to go by supremely un-remarked upon. we forever give trophies to ballplayers and soccer stars. we honor chemists and astrophysicists. but find me a lifework that is so taxing on the heart, so demanding of one’s cunningness and ingenuity, that calls for such unbroken patience (okay so the patience breaks, but darn it we pick back up again, once we gather our pieces…), that invites such intelligence and imagination.

    the reward comes in quiet little moments. in the knowing look from child to mama. in hearing some stranger speak gushingly of one extraordinary something of our child. in watching our little eat gustily, lick the last of the applesauce off of her fingers. on the days when you think no one is noticing your abundant gifts, know that i am. and i am inspired by you.

    as a matter of fact you keep inspiriting me (that word came all on its own, the typewriter keys making it and i am leaving it….as it has new meaning). i believe we’ll have a round of squash potato pancakes here. even if my boys are far from their toddler years….

    and, yes, your photos are art…..

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