The dining car
The 1940s and 1950s
were the golden age of train travel and also the pinnacle of
railroad dining car operations. For many passengers, the ambiance of
the dining car was the reason they rode the train. The following
recipe is one from that golden age.
Potato Pancakes, served on Chicago & North Western's Dakota 400.
2½ cups coarsely shredded raw potatoes
1 small onion, grated
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients except the oil. Stir
with a fork.
2. Preheat a skillet until a drop of water sizzles. Spread 2
tablespoons of oil over bottom of skillet.
3. Using a spatula, flatten the pancakes into 4-inch circles. Cook
until brown and crisp on underside. Turn and cook until other side
is brown and crisp. Note: Make a few pancakes a time.
4. Drain on paper towels and place on warm platter to keep heated
while preparing more pancakes. Add more oil as needed.
5. Serve pancakes with applesauce.