On cold mornings at the cabin when I was a boy, my mother used to make a wonderful breakfast cake from mashed potatoes and a little egg and butter. She'd fry it up in a pan and serve it with a side of eggs and bacon. I can still feel the chill and the mist in the air. There seemed like nothing better. After making her potato cakes for years, I thought, what is stopping me from improving it. Well I did and the secret is in the pork fat because as we all know: Pork Fat Rules.
About 150 calories per cake.
Rendering bacon fat seems to have disappeared from home making practices. My grandmother and mother always used bacon fat. I know we are all up in arms about being healthy with lower fat and sodium, but you don't need very much to add great flavor to a dish. It also makes the best dressing base, especially if you combine it with olive oil. So next time you cook up some bacon, drain off the fat and save a bit in a jar in the refrigerator. It keeps quite a long time.
Sometimes as an at home parent, a dog day afternoon comes along. Actually, more than you'd like to admit. You have been called upon by everyone else throughout the week. Schedules are shifted without your knowledge. People make plans and forget to tell you. A family crisis arises. And more.. In the middle of it all, you put on your super parent at home cape and rise to the occasion. With no groceries, no time, no patience, a phone constantly ringing, children running in and out, the dogs begging at your side; you whip up this little number in less than an hour. The kids loved it. They gave it two thumbs up. Siskel would be proud. Hooray would be jealous. You are pleased and think...oh, to be a dog.