ffwD: Matafan

I experienced déjà vu with this week’s recipe, matafan, or fluffy mashed potato pancakes. Dorie described these goodies as “a cross between pancakes and blini”, immediately reminding me of the buckwheat blini we made not too ago. However, I was intrigued by the suggestion of trying these potato pancakes with maple syrup. Well, the mere mention of maple syrup automatically puts my breakfast blinders on, so I made these matafan for breakfast! With a side of Hillshire Farm smoked beef sausage to boot!

I really liked these matafan (having never heard that name before) and highly recommend trying them with maple syrup. Though, I can’t see myself ever serving them as an appetizer or in a savory way, only because a deli near my office makes the best (savory) potato pancakes I’ve ever tasted. Plus, they’re served alongside corned beef sandwiches on rye. Yum!

By the way, I didn’t bother with the potato ricer step, seeing as I don’t own one. Also, I couldn’t bear to throw away the hollowed out potato skins, so I saved them and plan on making potato skins later tonight! Anyway, to see what other bloggers thought of these matafan, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amanda (@fakeginger)
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:23:51

    I skipped the ricer too and they still turned out well. I wish I’d read the little blurb above the recipe before eating them so I could’ve tasted them with syrup. Yours look fantastic!

  2. kitchenbelleicious
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:42:26

    mashed potato pancakes? Wow, what an amazing idea and the texture combo sounds perfect because I love when my pancakes are nice and crispy on the outside and chewy inside. These look amazing and don’t know why i am surprised- everything you make looks amazing

  3. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:51:12

    These were absolutely amazing. I’m already planning on making them again!

  4. kitchen flavours
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:53:17

    Your pancakes looks delicious! Have not tried mashed potato pancake, it looks really good!

  5. spicegirlfla
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:56:05

    How interesting…never heard of potatoes in a pancake! They truly look so good and I’d love to taste this!

  6. JamieAnne
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:59:38

    Looks really tasty!!

  7. louanne23
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:43:09

    What a great looking breakfast!

  8. Chaya
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:43:50

    Dorie is great and you make her food look scrumptious.

  9. oneexpatslife
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:48:36

    Those look delicious, and that sausage is making my mouth water too. I can’t wait to give these a try. The only thing I need to do is decide between breakfast or dinner.

  10. sally
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:53:36

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of matafan. I’ll have to give them a try.

  11. eva626
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 10:17:35

    what! no way…those looks delicious.

    its almost noon here and I am STILL wondering what to have to breakfast!

  12. claire
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 10:17:39

    looks AMAZING!

  13. Anita Menon
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 10:44:42

    Matafan.. Matafan… lovely name. Looks delicious as well.

  14. Yuri
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 10:51:07

    I’ve never had mashed potatoes pancakes before. They look so good 🙂

  15. ceciliag
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:03:41

    these sounds great! i must try them! c

  16. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:21:57

    Fun to say and fun to eat!

  17. Eileen
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:23:39

    If I had a deli nearby that made awesome potato pancakes, I don’t think I’d bother making these again. The whole thing smacked of effort. haha

  18. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:27:46

    Lucky you! That deli sounds fantastic. I had my two little leftover matafans (sp?) for breakfast like you.

  19. Dessert By Candy
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:34:48

    Glad that you enjoyed the matafans so much! You’re right that they fit right in for breakfast. I have yet to try mine with maple syrup but I just may have to give it a go. To me, these are savoury all the way.

  20. Liz
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:45:49

    I’ll let my hubby know they taste good with syrup…well, if there are any leftover for breakfast!

  21. marcella
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 11:59:23

    Your pancakes look really good! I love your idea of stuffed potato skins for later – yum!

  22. saffronandhoney
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 12:54:23

    These look like my perfect brunch, sweet and savory! MMM.

  23. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 12:55:21

    The whole breakfast looks utterly perfect to me. I have never heard of a Matafan either. I do make traditional potato pancakes though.

  24. mary
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 13:13:57

    What a sensational breakfast – lovely, lovely reicpe – haven’t tried this type of pancake so I’m printing it out and looking forward to them 🙂
    Mary x

  25. Krissy
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 13:14:35

    Well, our matafan turned out lots alike…I kept the skins on so no ricing for me, but eating them later sounds good too. I will make these again and go a sweet version, but was in the mood for savory today.

  26. forgottenbeast
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 13:57:15

    I’m all for anything pancake-like 🙂 Although I’m on a buckwheat kick right now, yum yum.

  27. Caroline
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 13:57:43

    Perfect golden pancakes! Well, I mean matafan. Such a fun word to say. I’m sure these were delicious. 🙂

  28. frankly entertaining
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 14:26:03

    I think I liked the blini more, but I’m going to give these another try. Maybe I’ll like them more with maple syrup and sausage!

  29. thebigfatnoodle
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 14:27:33

    I’m sold, these look seriously awesome, like seriously, seriously awesome!

  30. Kathy
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 14:54:27

    Yours look absolutely delicious! I really loved these…so light and fluffy!

  31. Three-Cookies
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 15:09:15

    Unique. They sort of remind me of baked gnocchi

  32. bakingaddict
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 17:33:05

    Wow this is a new one, never heard of matafan before either. Looks delicious!

  33. Ronda
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 21:02:50

    I grew up on potato cakes, but these are definitely much fancier!

  34. Louise
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 21:19:08

    Glory be! I have never heard the word Matafan used to describe mashed potato pancakes. I have made many potato croquettes in my life with leftover mashed potatoes but I never considered them potato pancakes. Lesson learned:) Thanks. I’m thinking the potato pancakes from your deli are probably more what I associate with potato pancakes. Latkes I think they are called. Grated raw potatoes and onions and a few other ingredients. I love them with either sour cream or syrup; for lunch or for dinner. Whatever the case, Yummy, your Matafan looks delicious and I sure wouldn’t mind one right about now!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

  35. Betty
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 21:35:16

    Now I’m craving breakfast for dinner- these look really good!

  36. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 22:57:09

    I’ve made sweet potato pancakes, but I’ve never used regular mashed potatoes. These look delicious. I love to completely douse my pancakes in syrup. 🙂

  37. Thu
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 23:17:29

    I always make the mistake of coming to your blog while hungry! I am such a breakfast addict and can’t get enough of pancakes! Have a great weekend.

  38. Just A Smidgen
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 23:37:49

    I’ve never heard anything like this!! I bet they had such a rich flavour to them…

  39. Trevor Sis Boom
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 00:09:42

    Well I can’t really think of anything that isn’t made better when connected to a full drip of maple syrup! These look wonderful!

  40. Food,Photography & France
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 02:10:50

    That looks a wonderful breakfast – I always mean to do the pancake thing, but never get round to it. Nice post.

  41. Robin
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 02:26:10

    It’s time for breakfast as I’m reading your post and I’m getting very hungry! Your pancakes look delicious with the maple syrup.

  42. cindyrina
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 03:14:43

    wow! never thought of that…. great idea and you make me super hungry now!

  43. sanyaliving
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 04:13:30

    Very impressed with your thriftiness! Luv potato skins!
    Your pancakes look great! I loved mine with maple syrup the best also!

  44. Andi Winslow
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 07:59:25

    Sound delish, and the potato skins are a plus. Like the name of these little pancakes andi

  45. rebecca
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 11:19:38

    ooh nice i wish this had been my breakfast have a fun weekend

  46. Cher
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 11:49:02

    My girl was eating these straight off the cooling rack & dunking them in maple syrup. Sausage seems like a natural fit.

  47. Elaine
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 11:50:03

    You know, as many as I have eaten over the years, I have never had them for breakfast and never with anything sweet like maple syrup. I saw Dorie’s suggestion for this, but it didn’t appeal to me, but after seeing your photos, I think I am going to try them that way the next time I made them.

  48. Tasty Mayhem
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 13:08:11

    I questioned the ricer step too, russets are so fluffy to begin with, but true to form I went ahead and followed orders. LOL. Ad that point however I did say to myself all these dishes (mixer bowl, spoon, ricer, bowl and beater for egg whites, pan for heating cream, bowl for separating eggs) just for pancakes? Good thing I have a dishwasher….Your breakfast version made my mouth water!

  49. eatinglikeahorse
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 15:21:26

    I love savoury potato pancakes (we mash cooked vegetables in and call it bubble and squeak) but never tried them sweet, thanks for the inspiration!

  50. Parsley Sage
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 15:43:49

    Brilliant! This is yet another FFwD! Yours is actually the first one I’ve seen served with maple syrup…some of the others are using savory sauces. YUMMY!

  51. nana
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 18:40:00

    Your pancakes look delicious and I’m sorry I didn’t try maple syrup on some
    of mine. I served applesauce with them, plus sausage. Tricia and I both
    made the recipe and it was a hit in both houses.

  52. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 21:09:17

    hi yummy chunklet, wow, so nice, so hungry myself now….thanks for the piece

  53. jora
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 07:35:00

    Nice idea to make potato skins! I hate letting food go to waste. Your pancakes look absolutely perfect. Glad you enjoyed!

  54. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 13:50:11

    Potato pancakes are very common at the German restaurants in Milwaukee–often served for dinner, with applesauce. Mmmm!

  55. Simply Life
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 13:56:40

    what a fun pancake idea!

  56. Beth
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 20:06:46

    I’ve never heard of matafan either, but yours look delicious!

  57. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 21:04:17

    I’ve never heard the name “matafan” before! These pancakes look perfect!

  58. Holly
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 22:52:34

    Mmmm these look fantastic!!

  59. Miriam Barton
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 23:06:59

    Mmm, that looks delicious :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  60. Ann
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 00:16:54

    Oh, these look absolutely amazing! I have a potato ricer and once you use one you’ll be hooked! ….I suspect that the same would happen once you try these pancakes! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Cakelaw
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 01:14:22

    Your matafan with maple syrup and sausage sounds devine! I was given some New York maple syrup on the weekend and have some matafan left, so I will have to try it.

  62. Peggy
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 04:43:34

    Ricers are overrated anyway. They make us use them all the time in school for any potato dishes, and it’s just a pain. Give me a good old masher any day.

    These potato pancakes look like the perfect breakfast =)

  63. Trix
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 07:31:17

    Love your potato skin idea for later – yum!!!

  64. Alice
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:31:24

    I loved your idea of putting it with sausages!! 🙂

  65. Terra
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 22:59:11

    Oh I love love potato pancakes! These look so fluffy and delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

  66. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 17:18:03

    Yum! That looks like the perfect breakfast – sausage is a great pairing!

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